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Watch: Jussie Smollett Breaks Social Media Silence with a Video

Tuesday Jun 11, 2019

Actor Jussie Smollett has been a social media break since earlier this year, following the fallout from when he reported being the victim of a hate crime. But that changed this week when he shared a video on Instagram.

The 36-year-old "Empire" actor posted a video Monday of a speech during the Tony Awards Sunday. It features "Choir Boy" playwright Tarrell Alvin McCraney, who also penned the play the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight" is based on.

"In 'Choir Boy,' set in the fictive Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, we chronicle the moment when a black queer kid, Pharus, tries to use their gift of song to uphold his great legacy of spirituals and the moment his community accepted his gift but diminished his light," he says in the clip.

"...The bodies that uphold the great legacy of spirituals are often black and queer. When will we love all of them for who they are, not just for what they can do?" he added.

Smollett, who is openly gay, added his own caption the clip, writing, "So much #PRIDE."

The actor disabled the ability for users to add comments to the post.

This is Smollett's first Instagram post since he shared a photo on Jan. 29. He hasn't tweeted since Jan. 28. The long silence comes after he was arrested and charged in February for filing a false police report when he said he was the victim of a racist and anti-gay hate crime. Nevertheless, Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against him in March with little explanation.

Smollett has said he was innocent through the months long ordeal.

Still, he was written off the end of "Empire" Season 5 and, despite an open letter from the cast urging him to return for the sixth and final season of the Fox drama, co-creator Lee Daniels confirmed Smollett would not be returning.

Check out the video below.


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