QUEEN LATIFAH plays the Empress of Blues, Bessie Smith, in an upcoming HBO biopic which also features the likes of Mike Epps, Monique, and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire). The film puts you in the Jazz Age during the Roaring 20's and gives you a large glimpse of Bessie's life as she climbed her way to the top in the Blues arena. Queen Latifah lends her own voice recreating Bessie's music in an astonishing way. 'Bessie' airs Saturday, May 16 at 8PM HBO. I smell an Emmy.