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Watch Queen Latifah Play Bisexual Blues Singer Bessie Smith In Trailer For HBO Movie

Watch Queen Latifah Play Bisexual Blues Singer Bessie Smith In Trailer For HBO Movie

Queen Latifah is gunning for an Emmy with the upcoming HBO movie "Bessie," a bio pic on legendary bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith. Directed by Dee Rees, "Bessie" also stars Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, who allegedly was the first woman to get in bed with Bessie. No word on whether the film will go there, but Smith’s sexuality was a big part of her life (and inspired the explicitly lesbian song "It’s Dirty But Good") and Rees certainly didn’t hold back on queer content in her fantastic film debut "Pariah." Though it all does feel a bit curious given how open the film’s star has been about her sapphic tendencies…

Watch the trailer below. "Bessie" debuts on May 16th on HBO.

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