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Exclusive: Queen Latifah Calls Stepping Into Bessie Smith’s Shoes A “Beautiful Thing”

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Queen Latifah says it was a “beautiful thing” stepping into the shoes of the late great, Bessie Smith.

Earlier this year, it was announced that the stunning talk show host will be starring in and executive producing an original HBO Bessie biopic. During a recent interview with the CoverGirl spokeswoman, the 44-year-old dished to HipHollywood about playing the iconic blues singer nicknamed, “The Empress of the Blues.”

“Bessie is going to be pretty amazing,” she said. “Bessie Smith was a huge blues singer from the 1920’s and 30’s. She was the highest paid artist of her time, the first person to cross racial barriers in terms of an integrated audience. She was fierce, she was a feminist, she was powerful, she was faulted in many ways, vulnerable and strong.”

She continued, “She had a voice like no one. She inspired everybody from Janis Joplin and Rolling Stones to Mahalia Jackson for that matter. You name it, she inspired them. It was really a beautiful thing to step into her shoes and tell her story.”

The Dee Rees directed film, which chronicles the songstress’ personal life and rise to fame, also stars Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey and Michael K. Williams as Bessie’s husband, Jack Gee.

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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