The singer made her acting debut in "The United States vs. Billie Holiday," directed by Lee Daniels.
Directed by Lee Daniels, "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" focuses on the jazz legend's civil rights activism. It's due out Feb. 26.
ABC's new version will have Lee Daniels and original series star Fred Savage as executive producers and take place in Montgomery, Alabama.
The writer and director has a twin son and daughter, now in their 20s.
“I’m beyond embarrassed,” the "Empire" co-creator said of the claims that Smollett staged a homophobic attack on himself to secure a pay raise.
The actor, accused of staging a homophobic attack on himself in January, won't appear on the Fox show's final season.
"These past couple of weeks have been a freakin’ roller coaster," said creator Lee Daniels.
"You are not paying me equally. You are not treating me fairly, so you can suck my d**k if I had one," she said.