Jussie Smollett Makes Directorial Debut With “B-Boy Blues” Adaptation
Former ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett makes his directorial debut on ‘B-Boy Blues’. It is a film adaptation of James Earl Hardy’s 1994 novel and produced through Jussie Smollett’s SuperMassive Movies.
The film will start production on 17th October 2020. SuperMassive will fund the production in parnership with Tom Wilson; a Cleveland-based investor who funds independent, LGBTQ+ and BIPOC films. Smollett works as producer along with author Hardy, Frank Gatson, Sampson McCormick and Madia Hill Scott.
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‘B-Boy Blues’, a staple story within the LGBTQ+ community, follows the relationship of 27-year-old journalist Mitchell Crawford. Mitchell and 21-year-old bicycle messenger Raheim Rivers meets at a gay bar in Greenwich Village during the summer of 1993. Rivers is known as a B-boy or ‘banjee boy’.
This is a term that originated in ballroom culture to describe someone with a tough exterior. However, as Crawford gets to know Rivers, he discovers that though he is a loving father to his 5-year-old son, he has a history of violence.
Jussie Smollett is popular for his role as Jamal Lyon on Fox’s ‘Empire’. He won an NAACP Image Award for best supporting actor for the role. Though ‘B-Boy Blues’ will be Smollett’s first time directing a full-length feature, he did direct two episodes of Empire, titled ‘What Is Done’ and ‘Fair Terms’.
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