Jussie Smollett is enjoying Cancer season with former cast member Taraji, friend Kandi and more during Missy Elliot’s bday party. This comes after his first sit-down interview since Cook County jail release.
Due to a 2019 incident, the Empire star faced five out of six counts of felony disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime against himself. Nevertheless, the love friends and fans felt for Empire’s, Jamal Lyons weighed heavy. Showered with welcome and love the 40-year-old celebrated with friends during Missy Elliott‘s birthday.
Elliott’s turned 51. Smollett captioned moments on his Instagram.
“Celebrated the queen @missymisdemeanorelliott bday this weekend with some good friends and good folks,” the 40-year-old wrote in the caption. “Atlanta is never NOT a time… #CancerSeason in full swing.”
Taraji P. Henson, who played Cookie in the Fox series, and singer Serayah, who played Tiana Brown, were also spotted in the footage from Missy’s party. In one video, Smollett and Missy are seen exchanging words while embracing each other with a long hug. There are also photos of Smollett with “RHOA” star Kandi Burruss and TV mogul Mona-Scott Young.
As footage from the party circulated online, fans in the comments began expressing how happy they were to see Smollett out and about, smiling with friends. Most said they miss the cast, including his starring role on the hit television series as Cookie’s son, Jamal.
“Cookie made sure they wasn’t going to blackball her child.”
“Omg Jamal, Cookie, and Tiana.”
“THE GANG IS BACK TOGETHERRRRRRR.”
“Super nice to see a bit of my ‘Empire’ family.”
“So glad to see you ‘outside.’ Keep pressing, healing, and thriving!!”
Among the many commentators was his younger sibling, Jocqui Smollett, who complimented his brother’s new facial hair look. “Let’s go GOATEE. Gotta switch it up on them every now and again,” he said.
Another fan wrote, “I am soooo proud of you for taking your life back. Blessings, my bro.”
Since His release, Smollett also attended BET events. As well as working with other film makers. A week ago he shared a post from a Chicago event for the production of B-Boy Blues.