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Jussie Smollett’s Directorial Debut ‘B-Boy Blues’ to Air on BET+

Jussie Smollett sentencing (Brian Cassella-Pool-Getty Images)
Actor Jussie Smollett appears at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on March 10 in Chicago. / Jussie Smollett sentencing (Brian Cassella-Pool-Getty Images

*Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett is set to make his directing debut with a film titled “B-Boy Blues,” which will air on BET+ on June 9. 

Here’s more from Variety:

“B-Boy Blues” is the film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s novel, and stars Timothy Richardson (“David Makes Man”), Ledisi (“Selma”), Brandee Evans (“P-Valley”), Heather B (“The Real World”), Marquise Vilson (“Tom Swift”), Jabari Redd (“Goals”), Broderick Hunter (“Insecure”) and Thomas Mackie.

Besides directing, Smollett wrote the script to “B-Boy Blues” with Hardy and also financed the film with Cleveland-based radio broadcast investor Tom Wilson for A SuperMassive Movie. EPs also include James Earl Hardy for It’s All Jood Productions, Madia Hill-Scott for Winnienoah Productions and Mona Scott-Young and Stephanie Gayle for Monami Entertainment. Frank Gatson is also an EP. Sampson McCormick and Stephanie Frederic are co-EPs.

B-Boy Blues debuted last year at the 2021 American Black Film Festival, where it won the Narrative Feature Fan Favorite Award, per the report. 

READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Released from Jail Pending Appeal of His Conviction | VIDEO

Jussie Smollett - Getty
Jussie Smollett – Getty

“B-Boy Blues is a beautifully bold, funny, heartwarming bro-mance and I was thrilled to partner with Jussie to help this wonderful film gain greater exposure,” Young said. “Falling head over heels and fighting for love are universal emotions and experiences and we are so grateful to BET+ for shining a powerful spotlight on the still seriously underrepresented black LGBTQ+ community and bringing this impactful love story to an even greater audience.”

The indie film is described as “a clash of class and culture when Mitchell Crawford, a college-educated journalist from Brooklyn and Raheim Rivers, a bike messenger from Harlem, fall in love.”

The project is the first for Smollett since being found guilty of coordinating a hate crime attack against himself in January 2019.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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