Jussie Smollett appears on the red carpet for the first time in years after alleged hate crimes
Jussie Smollett attends the New York Screening of “B-Boy Blues” at AMC Magic Johnson Harlem on November 19, 2021 in New York City.
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Jussie Smollett has returned to the red carpet.
On Friday night, the 39-year-old actor attended a screening of his new movie B-Boy Blues at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem Multiplex in New York City – his first red carpet since his suspected hate crime in Chicago in 2019 and the subsequent legal trial difficulties.
For the outing, the Empire alum wore a black turtleneck and gray jacket while smiling and posing for the cameras in front of him.
“Even more humiliated by the screening last night,” said Smollett on his Instagram story the next day. “To see all the love for the film is amazing. More will follow as I catch up, but to everyone who came out with so much love and fellowship last night … on behalf of everyone @bboybluesthefilm, thank you. We love all of you . Now find a home for it for the whole world to see. “
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On her Instagram story, Smollett’s sister Jurnee Smollett also praised the project – this is the first time her older brother has directed a film (Jussie previously directed two episodes of Empire and several music videos).
Jussie Smollett returns to the red carpet after his alleged attack
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“So proud of you @jussiesmollett !!” wrote the 35-year-old actress next to a photo of the siblings from the event. “Congratulations on your debut feature film directing with @bboybluesthefilm! Cant wait for the world to see the magic you all created in this film!”
B-Boy Blues, a 1994 film adaptation of the bestseller of the same name by James Earl Hardy, was co-produced with Hardy and others by Smollett’s SuperMassive Movies.
The film follows the complicated relationship between Mitchell Crawford, a 27-year-old journalist, and Raheim Rivers, a 21-year-old bike messenger and banjee boy, sometimes known as a b-boy.
Jussie Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell
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The two fall in love after meeting in a gay bar in Greenwich Village in the summer of 1993, but are soon faced with a world of homophobia and violence.
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Hardy’s B-Boy was the first in a series of five additional books that remain a central piece of literature for the LGBTQ + community.
Smollett’s appearance at the screening came just days before the actor faced a jury on charges of misconduct against him in connection with the alleged hate crime he was involved in in 2019.
The actor’s lawyers recently tried to dismiss the case, but a judge denied the application last month, NBC News reported. The trial is now set to begin on November 29th.
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Smollett, an openly gay black actor, was originally charged with 16 disorderly behavior in March 2019 for allegedly filing a hoax in Chicago alleging that two men attacked him on January 29, 2019, who were racist and homophobic Spit insults. He pleaded not guilty to the allegations of lying to the police about the incident, which he staged with two acquaintances to attract attention.
Although the charges against Smollett were initially dropped by Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx, the case against him was later reopened by a special prosecutor. Smollett – who has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing – was then charged again with misconduct.