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Jussie Smollett breaks social media silence, celebrates Broadway’s ‘Choir Boy’


Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

He may not be coming back to the show that made him a household name but he’s back on the ‘gram.

On Monday, Jussie Smollett returned to social media with his very first Instagram post since January, when the “Empire” star claimed he was a victim of a hate crime.

Breaking his social media silence, the embattled actor posted a video clip of a speech given by award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney from Sunday night’s Tony Awards.

"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?" McCraney said just before BeBe Winans introduced a performance from his Broadway debut "Choir Boy,” which was nominated for Best Play during the ceremony.

“So much PRIDE,” Smollett captioned the post with emojis of praying hands.

His last post to Instagram was Jan. 28.

The next day, he told police he was attacked in Chicago by two people who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs."

The former publicist and actor, who publicly identifies as gay, has portrayed the character Jamal Lyons on “Empire” since its January 2015 premiere.

On Feb. 20, Smollett was charged with multiple felony counts after Chicago police say he staged the hate hoax.

Prosecutors dropped the charges against the actor on March 26 and city officials then billed him for more than $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into the alleged fake racist, homophobic attack.

Smollett, who was interviewed by Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America,” has maintained his innocence and did not pay the city by the deadline given.

In the midst of the controversy, Smollett’s character was written out of the final episodes of the popular hip-hop-centered NAACP Image Award-winning drama series, which has been directed by John Singleton, Debbie Allen, Mario Van Peebles and Emmy Award winner Anthony Hemingway through the years.

When show’s final sixth and season was announced, there was hope that he may return to the series.

But on June 4, creator Lee Daniels — who was one of Smollett’s earliest champions and staunchest supporters — dismissed that possibility when he tweeted: “Jussie will T be returning to Empire.”