Smollett's last Instagram post was on January 28. The following night he told police he was attacked by two men in ski masks.
He's been missing from social media since the night before that alleged attack in January. But Jussie Smollett returned to Instagram on Monday -- with a post about a kid being oppressed.
The "Empire" star posted a clip from this weekend's Tony Awards, as playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney described his Best Play nominated work "Choir Boy", as well as the "black and queer" legacy of "Negro spirituals".
"They also, more often than not, are preserved, orchestrated, and concerted by black queer folks," McCraney emotionally declares in the vid. "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 this great legacy of spirituals and the moment his community accepted his gift, but diminished his light."
"The bodies that uphold the great legacy of spirituals are often black and queer. When will we love all them for who they are and not just for what they can do?" he asks.
Tagging McCraney, Smollett captioned the post: "So much pride." Comments remain disabled.
Smollett's last Instagram post was on January 28. The following night he told police he was attacked by two men in ski masks, who used racial and homophobic slurs, tied a noose around his neck and poured an "unknown liquid" on him.
But the following month, Smollett was charged with a felony for filing a fake police report, as investigators determined he had staged the attack on himself by paying two Nigerian-American brothers.
In a further surprise twist, in March all charges were dropped against him, on the condition he complete 16 hours of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond.
Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout; he also tried and failed to have the court documents sealed, hundreds of pages of which were released to the media last week, with much more to come.