Queen Latifah Stars In Bessie Smith Biopic

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Although Queen Latifah no longer has her talk show she is still grinding. Coming up this Spring is the Bessie Smith biopic. Smith who died in 1937 following a car accident will be played by the "Set It Off" star.

The film will follow America’s “Empress of the Blues” from her beginning in abject poverty to becoming one of the biggest recording artists of the 1920s.

Joining Latifah in the film will be Michael K. Williams who plays Bessie’s lover Jack G., Tika Sumpter stars as her other lover Lucille and Mike Epps as Richard Morgan, the r another of Bessie’s lovers.

Other guest stars in the film include Mo’Nique as blues legend Ma Rainey, Charles S. Dutton as her husband William “Pa” Rainey, Tory Kittles as her older brother Clarence and Khandi Alexander as Bessie’s older sister Viola.

"Bessie" will premiere May 16th on HBO.
Tamara M. Anderson