Queen Latifah stars as the legendary Bessie Smith whose talent and perseverance resulted in her becoming an iconic “Empress of the Blues,” in the roaring 1920s’ jazz era.

Take a look:

BESSIE, debuts Saturday, May 16 at 8:00pm only on HBO.

BESSIE is directed by Dee Rees

Screenplay by Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois,

Story by Rees and Horton Foote.

Executive produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel.

Queen Latifah in Bessie Smith

Queen Latifah as the legendary bluestress in her prime. (Courtesy of HBO)

Ensemble cast includes:

Michael Kenneth Williams
Khandi Alexander
Mike Epps
Tory Kittles
Tika Sumpter
Oliver Platt
Bryan Greenberg
Charles S. Dutton

Written by

TVolution Founder and Managing Editor DARWYN CARSON completed a six-year stint as Managing Editor of Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide in 2015. She has been covering film since her early association with entertainment journalist Michael Symanski at Zap2It.com. She also covered film and restaurant news in her column Carson’s Corner for a variety of social publications. Her articles have appeared on Zap2It, Indiewire, leonardmaltin.com and, of course, The TVolution. Follow Darwyn @bnoirlikeme. Follow The TVolution @thetvolution. Please Like The TVolution on Facebook.

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