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Jussie Smollett directs new movie B-Boy Blues in Manhattan


Jussie Smollett is making his comeback in the film industry after his alleged fake hate crime scandal, but this time the actor is behind the camera. 

DailyMail.com spotted the former Empire star back to work in Manhattan and on set of a new movie he’s directing called B-Boy Blues.  

Smollett, 38, was seen wearing a mask with headphones around his neck, a bright yellow beanie and colorful camouflage jacket with the words ‘born to win’ and ‘freedom here’ emblazoned on the front. 

And while many may have thought his career was over after being accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself last year in Chicago, it appears Smollett has found a home in Hollywood as a director.   

DailyMail.com spotted the former Empire star back to work in Manhattan and on set of a new movie he's directing, called B-Boy Blues

DailyMail.com spotted the former Empire star back to work in Manhattan and on set of a new movie he’s directing, called B-Boy Blues

Smollett, 38, was seen wearing a a mask with headphones around his neck, a bright yellow beanie and colorful camo jacket with the words 'born to win' and 'freedom here' emblazoned on the front

Smollett, 38, was seen wearing a a mask with headphones around his neck, a bright yellow beanie and colorful camo jacket with the words ‘born to win’ and ‘freedom here’ emblazoned on the front

Smollett was seen with a full cast and crew in Manhattan as he was directing the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy's 1994 book B-Boy Blues starring Ledisi, Brandon Evans and Broderick Hunter

Smollett was seen with a full cast and crew in Manhattan as he was directing the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s 1994 book B-Boy Blues starring Ledisi, Brandon Evans and Broderick Hunter

Smollett will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott

Smollett will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott

Smollett will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott

While many may have thought his career was over after being accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago, it appears Smollett has found a home in Hollywood as a director

While many may have thought his career was over after being accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago, it appears Smollett has found a home in Hollywood as a director

This is Smollett's first job since he was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago

This is Smollett’s first job since he was accused of staging a racist and homophobic attack on himself in Chicago

Smollett was seen with a full cast and crew in Manhattan as he was directing the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s 1994 book B-Boy Blues starring Ledisi, Brandon Evans and Broderick Hunter.

While there is no word if Smollett is planning on starring in the film himself, production began on October 17 in New York City. 

B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger. The book was believed to be one of the first to explore same-sex love stories within the hip-hop community. 

The novel was a finalist for the 1995 Lambda Literary Award for Best LGBT/Small Press Title, which Hardy himself had also adapted for the stage in 2013.

Smollett will also serve as a producer on the film alongside Hardy, Tom Wilson, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott. 

Smollett is producing through his newly-formed SuperMassive Movies brand, an off-shoot of his Story Worthy Pictures company.

The actor-producer has teamed with Wilson, a Cleveland-based investor, to secure ‘mid seven figures’ in funding that will be used to finance projects from minority filmmakers.

While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett’s feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018.

While there is no word if Smollett is planning on starring in the film himself, production was slated to begin October 17 in New York City

While there is no word if Smollett is planning on starring in the film himself, production was slated to begin October 17 in New York City 

B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger

B-Boy Blues centers on the complicated relationship between two black men, one a journalist and the other a bike messenger

Smollett is producing through his newly-formed SuperMassive Movies brand, an off-shoot of his Story Worthy Pictures company

Smollett is producing through his newly-formed SuperMassive Movies brand, an off-shoot of his Story Worthy Pictures company

The actor-producer has teamed with Wilson, a Cleveland-based investor, to secure 'mid seven figures' in funding that will be used to finance projects from minority filmmakers

The actor-producer has teamed with Wilson, a Cleveland-based investor, to secure ‘mid seven figures’ in funding that will be used to finance projects from minority filmmakers

While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett's feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018

While B-Boy Blues marks Smollett’s feature directing debut, he did direct two episodes of Empire back in 2018

The actor, 38, hasn't been seen much since pleading not guilty to allegations that he lied to police about the hate crime incident

The actor, 38, hasn’t been seen much since pleading not guilty to allegations that he lied to police about the hate crime incident

Smollett, an openly gay Black actor, was originally indicted in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report

Smollett, an openly gay Black actor, was originally indicted in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report

The actor, 38, hasn’t been seen much since pleading not guilty to allegations that he lied to police about the hate crime incident.   

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot. The Empire actor handed himself on charges of filing a false police report

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot. The Empire actor handed himself on charges of filing a false police report

But in an interview last month he said that the case is ‘frustrating’ and said he does not think the case will be finished soon. 

Speaking for the first time since February 2019, in an interview with author and academic Marc Lamont Hill, 41, the former Empire star revealed his lawyers filed a motion against his indictment, which will be reviewed by a judge later today. 

‘It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,’ he said about publicly commenting on the case. 

‘I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.’

Smollett, an openly gay Black actor, was originally indicted in March 2019 with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false report claiming two men attacked him on January 29, 2019, while also making racist and homophobic slurs.

He pleaded not guilty to allegations that he lied to police about the incident, which authorities later claimed he had staged with two acquaintances to draw attention to himself.  

These were later dropped by the office of Cook County State’s Attorney. 

Jussie Smollett arrives at Cook County courthouse in February with his brother, Jocqui (left), Jojo (far left) and Jake (right) to face six felony counts of lying to police

Jussie Smollett arrives at Cook County courthouse in February with his brother, Jocqui (left), Jojo (far left) and Jake (right) to face six felony counts of lying to police

In February Smollett pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment which revived the disorderly conduct allegations previously filed and then dropped in the case. 

Smollett has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking on Lamont’s Instagram, he said: ‘I’m going to give it up to God, but if I’m being completely honest, I don’t think that… they’re not going to let this go.

‘There is an example being made and the sad thing is there is an example being made of someone who did not do what they are accused of.

‘On one hand, when I step back, I see how [Chicago Police] played the narrative, the way that they served it to the people. That it was intentionally created to make people doubt from the very beginning.

‘From the very, very beginning, it was made to seem that I was lying about something or everything. But at the same time, I’m not really living for the people who don’t believe.’

The city of Chicago have requested that the FBI hand over records of their own probe into Smollett’s case.  

JUSSIE SMOLLETT TIMELINE 

January 29: The ‘hoax’ attack outside Smollett’s apartment in Chicago occurs. 

January 30: A wave of public sympathy rushes over Smollett, until then a relatively unknown actor 

February 14: After a series of unfavorable leaks from the Chicago PD, Smollett goes on Good Morning America to plead his case.

Unbeknownst to him, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo are being interviewed by police after returning from Nigeria.  

February 20: Smollett is arrested and accused of lying to police. 

He is bailed out on a $10,000 cash bond. 

March 7: Grand jury indicted Smollett

March 26: Charges dropped 

April 11: Chicago sues Smollett for $130,000 – the cost of the investigation

August: Dan Webb is appointed special prosecutor  

November: Smollett counter-sues, alleging malicious prosecution 

February 11, 2020: Reports emerge that Dan Webb has charged Smollett   

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