Ah the Life and Times of Bessie Smith will now be coming to a small screen near you! Starring Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique and Mike Epps this is most definitely going to be worth tuning in to. I’m a music buff so I know who Bessie Smith is, but for those of you who need a refresher… Here you go!
Bessie Smith (Chattanooga, Tennessee, April 15, 1894 – Clarksdale, Mississippi, September 26, 1937) was an American blues singer. The Empress of the Blues was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is, along with Louis Armstrong, a major influence on other jazz vocalists. In 1930s Harlem, Bessie Smith was a married woman who kept a female lover. Her popular songs include ‘Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out’ and collaborations with Louis Armstrong, such as ‘I Ain’t Gonna Play No Second Fiddle’ and ‘St. Louis Blues.
Congratulations are in order for the U.N.I.T.Y. rapper/sanga and now future daytime host for her very own show on CBS!!! That’s right the Queen is making her way to Daytime TV. Her show will debut in the Fall of 2013 on CBS. Produced by Sony Pictures, in association with Flava Unit and Will & Jada‘s Overbrook Entertainment the Queen secured the deal after a year of negotiating. “The Queen Latifah Show” will focus on celebrity interviews, music performances, human interest stories, and a blend of comedy and music into her hosting duties. Not only will this show be aired in the US, “The Queen Latifah Show” will be shown on 16 CBS owned and operated channels across the globe. #Bawse
It looks like we have another classic film like “Paid In Full” on the way. Camron is set to star alongside Macy Gray & Omar Gooding in the new film “Percentage” a drama produced by Queen Latifah!
Directed by Alex Merkin and written by Elya Ottenberg, “Percentage” is the first film that Queen Latifah will be shooting at Flavor Unit Studios in Miami, Florida.
According to Anti Music Camron stars alongside Omar Gooding as “two New York hustlers who are on the run from a drug deal gone bad. They settle in Miami to build a new empire in the world of credit fraud, but their success brings unwanted attention from law enforcement and Miami’s most notorious criminal’s.”
Ving Rhames, Malinda Williams, and Antwan Tanner will also co – star in the film.