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Watch: Things Go Downhill Fast for Queen Latifah in Trailer for Dee Rees’ ‘Bessie’ on HBO

Watch: Things Go Downhill Fast for Queen Latifah in Trailer for Dee Rees' 'Bessie' on HBO


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Written and directed by Dee Rees, "Bessie" follows the life and times of legendary "Empress of Blues," Bessie Smith (played by Queen Latifah)."Bessie" also stars Mo’Nique, Khandi Alexander, Charles S. Dutton, Mike Epps and Tika Sumpter, promising high drama, great period costumes, even greater music and greatest-of-all performances.

"Bessie" will premiere May 16 on HBO. Check out the teaser trailer above for a glimpse of Bessie’s meteoric rise to fame and the subsequent drama and heartbreak through the gilded ’20s and harsher ’30s, all in just 30 seconds.

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