In the midst of legal battles, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has kept a very inconspicuous profile on social media. However, after not posting on Instagram since June 2019, Smollett returned to the platform to send out positive vibes during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 37-year-old actor posted a video to Instagram singing Stevie Wonder‘s “A Place In The Sun” with the caption, “Quarantine day 421…Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness…not Rona.” He starts off singing, “Like a long lonely stream, I keep reaching towards the dream. Moving on, moving on.”
While many of the comment sections for Smollett’s Instagram posts have been turned off, Smollett decided to leave the comments on for this singing post. He received mostly love from friends and celebrities. Writer, director, and actress Lena Waithe posted two kissy face emojis, while “Harriet” actress Cynthia Erivo also supported him with heart emojis. Smollett’s sister Jurnee Bell also hopped into the comment section, writing, “This made me cry. I love you so much boo. Thank you for sharing your light. What a gift you are.”
Smollett’s “Quarantine day 421” comment most likely marks the days since January 29, 2019, when he was allegedly attacked by two men in masks who placed a noose around his neck and called him racist and homophobic slurs.
In February of 2019, Smollett was indicted by a Chicago grand jury after reports accused him of staging the hate crime. He was indicted with 16 low-level felony counts including filing a false police report.
In March, after Smollett turned himself in to cops, the State’s Attorney’s Office dropped all the charges against him. Since then, incidents related to the case have continued to pop up. The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit against Jussie claiming they spent $130,106 investigating a hate crime, which allegedly ended up being a false narrative made by Smollett.
Smollett countersued, naming the city of Chicago, the Chicago Police Department, detectives Michael Theis and Edward Wodnicki, former CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson and brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo in his lawsuit. Smollett’s attorney said that this group caused him economic harm, “humiliation, mental anguish and extreme emotional distress.”
The CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, who ripped into Smollett at the time of his first indictment, was eventually fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot for lying about drinking and driving. Recently, Smollett’s team subpoenaed a selection of documents related to the Johnson incident, most likely in hopes that it will help paint Johnson as an untrustworthy source in Smollett’s countersuit.
In February 2020, Smollett was indicted once again by a Chicago grand jury on six disorderly conduct charges, according to the office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb.
“A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime,” Webb’s office said in a statement.
Smollett pled not guilty to all the charges, according to WGN. He has consistently denied making up attack claims since he was first indicted in 2019.
He was due back in court on March 18, although considering Illinois’ “stay at home” order due to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s not clear how the case will proceed.
Reparations Debate Resurfaces As America Gets A $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bailout
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When the gov don’t wanna pay my people reparations but they pull 2 trillion out they ass😭😭 pic.twitter.com/zjNQQosEbt— PlaytheGame💰 (@MrMurphyThe3RD) March 25, 2020
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$6 trillion???— CJ (@Short4Court) March 24, 2020
Just give my people our owed reparations and y’all can do whatever you want🤦🏾♂️ #NotDyingForWallStreet #DieForTheDow #SenateRepublicans #SenateDemocrats #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/wYva0AncWD
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So y’all got 6 trillion dollars but we can’t get reparations pic.twitter.com/ixkBXIbAUy— Nicole Miller Wilson (@Nikmills05) March 24, 2020
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USA throwing 1.5 trillion at the banks but can't pay black folks our reparations? pic.twitter.com/hzzJtchflY— Yagami Light (@WolfsReignG) March 17, 2020
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Me looking at the stimulus check when I still want reparations pic.twitter.com/6VGBHUyYI6— Arise Chicken, Arise (@WiseButIgnorant) March 22, 2020
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Black people watching the United States spend trillions on bailouts for the Corona Virus— 3rd eye (@KhairyCreek) March 20, 2020
After the JUST said they were to broke to pay reparations for Slavery https://t.co/H1T957jPag
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The govt better run us this stimulus check because I’ve been waiting for my reparations since the day I was born and I’m still here like pic.twitter.com/YOPR5pPkf8— All is on (@AllisonSorrell_) March 18, 2020
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The White House and Congress secretly putting a provision in the stimulus package that says if you accept the check you can’t claim reparations. pic.twitter.com/U2xdOEQuZe— tyler 🏗 (@justdaze) March 18, 2020
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Reparations coming with them stimulus checks? pic.twitter.com/qwzMAm57Dq— him (@Terry2Nice_) March 18, 2020
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Stimulus Checks are proof that this Country could have been paying Black people their reparations pic.twitter.com/bJHUk0sHnw— 49ers Own ATT Stadium (@YoSahop) March 18, 2020
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They can find money for a stimulus but not a reparations check... pic.twitter.com/ZrH09SoYue— IG: blckbrwnblnd 💕🤎 (@lajefa_logan) March 17, 2020
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It is pretty damn funny that white folk ignored reparations calls for 100 years and some reasoned the economy would tank and they can't just print a trillion dollars into existence then the economy tanks anyway and they just print a trillion dollars into existence. pic.twitter.com/bYfAhOjRiM— The Pro-Black Perspective (@Onitaset) March 17, 2020
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“Government got enough money to give everybody $2,000 during the economic crisis and drop 1.5 trillion dollars into the economy but black people cant get reparations” pic.twitter.com/qG7ZzupcMt— #Lawrenceprayer 🙏🏽 (@skinny_que) March 18, 2020
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Black People with no reparations wondering where these 1000$ checks are coming from... pic.twitter.com/1HF7D9gtZl— The Vixen (@TheVixensworld) March 18, 2020
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