The Screen

When the HBO biopic based on Bessie Smith’s life airs Saturday, viewers may very well choose to focus on the dynamic of the relationship between Smith and Ma Rainey. Queen Latifah, who plays the titular character, recently spoke with BET, and she empathized with those drawn to the relationship but also expressed hopes they didn’t […]


While the HBO biopic still doesn’t have a release date, the network has let loose the first pictures of Queen Latifah as iconic Blues singer Bessie Smith in a small-screen film slated for next year. The first peek at Latifah in Bessie comes less than a month after an official announcement that her short-lived daytime talk show the Queen Latifah Show would not be […]

juke (of West African origin, akin to Wolof dzug, to live wickedly) – a roadside drinking establishment that offers cheap drinks, food and music for dancing, often blues music.