Actor Jussie Smollett is led out of the courtroom after being sentenced at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Chicago. Jussie Smollett maintained his innocence during his sentencing hearing Thursday after a judge sentenced the former “Empire” actor to 150 days in jail for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack that he orchestrated himself.(Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Jussie Smollet will make his post-scandal directorial debut on BET+ with the upcoming film B-Boys Blues. It will be the first project for the 39-year-old actor since he was found guilty in December 2021 of charges stemming from reporting a fake hate crime against himself.

Mona Scott-Young and her company Monami Entertainment recently joined on as a producer of the film. According to an article in Variety earlier this week, Scott-Young was a key figure in the BET+ deal. BET says that through their content slate, they are intentional about representing the fullness of the Black experience, including that of the LGBTQ+ community.

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