Defying the odds against her, Bessie Smith became
one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and ’30s. HBO has posted a trailer for Bessie, which stars Queen Latifah as the troubled singer. The movie was directed by Dee Rees who also co-wrote with Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois. Cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Charles S. Dutton. Premieres May 16.