Queen Latifah Gets Bluesy in Teaser Trailer for HBO's Bessie' Biopic

April 3, 2015


"If you're not riskin' nothin', neither will they." At a time when record executives finally realized that there was a sizeable black audience waiting to buy records from black musicians, Bessie Smith rose to fame and inspired a new generation of artists with her incredible blues. Now the story of the woman who came to be known as The Empress of the Blues is coming to HBO with Queen Latifiah (Valentine's Day, Just Wright) taking the title role in Bessie. It looks like another solid piece of filmmaking from HBO, which isn't surprising with Pariah director Dee Rees behind the lens, and it's refreshing to dig into the blues. Watch!

Here's the teaser trailer for Dee Rees' Bessie from HBO:


Bessie is directed by Dee Rees (Pariah) and written by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois (McFarland USA, Glory Road). Queen Latifah (Bringing Down the House) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in a film that focuses on the singer's transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today. Michael Kenneth Williams, Mike Epps, Oliver Platt, Charles S. Dutton, Mo'Nique, Khandi Alexander, Bryan Greenberg and more star in the film which will premiere exclusively on HBO next month on May 16th.

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    Looks great!~
  • Terry Craig
    Now why would you use a song like that in the trailer about a movie that's supposedly about the blues :/ Otherwise it looks alright, although too Hollywood-melodramatic for me personally. Bessie Smith's one hell of a singer, though.
  • Must have been mad times back then. Makes modern musicians lives look like fairytales.
  • Why?
    And then the hip hop music kicks in...argghhh. Hollywood continues to undermine black Americans. Looks good though!




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