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‘Bessie’ Director on Film’s Music: ‘It’s Not Going To Be the Songs That You Know’

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Actress/Executive Producer Queen Latifah (L) and director/writer Dee Rees speak onstage during the ‘Bessie’ panel at the HBO portion of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Hotel on January 8, 2015 in Pasadena, California

*Dee Rees, the director of HBO’s upcoming biopic on Bessie Smith says don’t expect to hear a lot of her popular hits in the film.

Queen Latifah plays the blues icon from her days as a struggling young singer to becoming a national superstar on such signature tunes as “Gimme a Pigfoot (And a Bottle of Beer)” and “T’ain’t Nobody’s Biz-Ness If I Do.”

But Rees says the songs pulled from Smith’s discography were chosen based on their lyrics, not their popularity.

“It’s not going to be the songs that you know,” Rees warned the TCA in January. “The lyrics actually deliver on her emotional narrative.

“It’s the songs that actually tell us more about who she was, not just, like, pick the ‘Bottle of Beer.’”

Below, Rees says she also wanted to focus on the songs that Smith, herself, wrote.

“Bessie,” co-starring Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, premieres Saturday, May 16 at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Last week, HBO teased some of the film’s “musical moments” in a series of promo videos.

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  1. bokiluis

    May 4, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Everyone from Aretha to Jennifer Holiday has been associated with this Bessie Smith biopic. But after HBO’s success with bio pic musical on Josephine Baker to Dorothy Dandridge, casting Dana Owens aka Queen Latifah as Queen of the Blues seems like a stroke of brilliance. (Only regrets, Diana Ross nor HBO could come to terms on her portrayal of La Baker….though Lynn Whitfield brilliantly captured La Baker in HBO’s “The Josephine Baker Story”)!
    This should give Latifah an Emmy, as it did for Lynn Whitfield and Halle Berry! Without seeing less than 5 minutes, “Bessie” looks like a sure fire May sweeps, award winner. Though I am not a big fan of La Smith’s music, it will be interesting to see if it becomes “Lady Sings the Blues” or instead, have the less of a musical impact like unfortunately La Baker or Diva Dandridge….both changed little on the music scene, but, more as thespians. It also may be Monique’s most enduring role since her Oscar win!

  2. NYCsoul

    May 5, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Frankly, I thought Latifah would’ve done Pearl Bailey instead. To me, her demeanor and statute reminds me of Bailey than the no-nonsense Bessie. Interesting to see how she will pull off Smith. The film looks good though and Bessie’s story is long overdue. This woman was big influence on Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Not to mention, countless other black female songbirds.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown to Joe Madison on Next Debate: ‘No Way Biden Should Enter the Arena’

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Joe Madison & Sen. Sherrod Brown

*Today U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Joe Madison to break down the brand new civil rights report about how the Trump Administration has undermined 50 years of progress in fair housing in the United States. They also covered Sen. Brown’s legislation to protect workers and small businesses and the breaking news that the next Presidential debate would be virtual and that Donald Trump would not attend.

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) tells Joe Madison: “There’s no way that Joe Biden should get on the stage, when Donald Trump trots his family in there with no masks, as they did in Cleveland. They were the only ones—I wasn’t there but I talked to many people that were, from the Cleveland Clinic University, others—the only people in the room without masks were the Trump family. They think they play under different rules, I guess, because they have ‘TRUMP’ stamped across their chest they don’t think they can get sick. But the fact is that he could be highly contagious. There’s no way Biden should enter the arena. And no way others, that the cleaning staff, and the technical people, and the food service people around the debate hall. They shouldn’t be exposed to this man who is sick.”

Audio clip below with transcript, along with full interview. If used, please credit SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show (weekdays from 6-10am ET on Urban View channel 126).

Sen. Sherrod Brown on the Virtual Debate: ‘No Way’ Biden Should Enter Arena With Potentially ‘Highly Contagious’ Trump

Host, Joe Madison: Let me go straight to the Ohio, U.S. Senator, Senator Sherrod Brown, and we initially booked him to discuss a newly released civil rights report on how the Trump Administration is undermining 50 years of fair housing progress. Senator and I will get to that, but given the breaking news that the Presidential debate commission says that the second Presidential debate will be virtual. Joe Biden has agreed to it. Trump says he’s not going to waste his time and he’s not going to participate. Let me get your response Senator, and good morning.

Sen Sherrod Brown: Well, thank you, Joe. And I appreciate your interest in talking about the civil rights report and thanks for the conversations we’ve had for years on all these subjects. It’s clear Trump, we saw it last night. Kamala Harris spoke directly to the American people and Pence and Trump, want to always change the subject because of their colossal failure on addressing this pandemic and their inability to get the economy back and running. I mean, this 4% of the world’s population, 22% of the world’s deaths we know it especially hits black people and Latinos in our country. We know that and Trump doesn’t care and he wants to change the subject. And that’s why he dodges on all his decisions this way.

Host, Joe Madison: Do you think that the debate commission did the right thing in calling for a virtual debate?

Sen Sherrod Brown: Oh, I think there’s no question. Joe Biden should not show up to a debate when we don’t even know the real state of Donald Trump’s health. We don’t know if he’s contagious now. We don’t know when he had his last test. Biden has said he’ll make all of his tests public. Trump sends out one doctor after another that lies for him or deceives or dances. There’s no way that Joe Biden should get on the stage, when Donald Trump trots his family in there with no masks, as they did in Cleveland. They were the only ones—I wasn’t there but I talked to many people that were, from the Cleveland Clinic University, others—the only people in the room without masks were the Trump family. They think they play under different rules, I guess, because they have ‘TRUMP’ stamped across their chest they don’t think they can get sick. But the fact is that he could be highly contagious. There’s no way Biden should enter the arena. And no way others, that the cleaning staff, and the technical people, and the food service people around the debate hall. They shouldn’t be exposed to this man who is sick.

Complete interview: Sen. Sherrod Brown and Joe Madison Discuss Fair Housing, Protecting Workers and the Election Debates

credit SiriusXM’s The Joe Madison Show (weekdays from 6-10am ET on Urban View channel 126)

 

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Mo’Kelly’s ‘2-Minute Warning’ Commentaries Syndicated Nationwide Via iHeartMedia’s Black Information Network

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*Mo’Kelly’s 2-Minute Warning commentaries on the news of the day are now syndicated nationwide and will be heard 5 days a week across the country as part of iHeartMedia’s new Black Information Network all-news format of stations.

This is in addition to his award-winning weekend program, The Mo’Kelly Show on KFI AM640 Los Angeles, political commentary for BBC Radio and co-host for the weekday iHeartMedia podcast, Nerd-O-Rama with Tawala Sharp.

Each day at :11 past the hour and :42 the following hour, Mo’Kelly offers 2 minutes on a top trending topic from politics, to culture and even entertainment.

More at https://www.binnews.com/

About Mo’Kelly: More at http://mrmokelly.com

As stations are being added to the lineup, this list will grow and be updated as needed.

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Cardi Got Tired of ‘Effing Arguing’ with Offset So She Fired Him (from Marriage)

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*As you no doubt know by now, Cardi B recently filed for divorce from Migos rapper Offset, her  husband of three years. Well, to clarify things, the “WAP” creator headed to the ‘Gram, to spell out exactly why the two of them didn’t make it.

In her post (which, by the way, is all audio) Cardi, 27, revealed that she has “not shed one tear” over their split, adding that the divorce has nothing to do with Offset’s past infidelities, which led to their initial separation in late 2018.

“Every single time that this guy has been so crazy, so f–ked up and it hits the media, I’m always crying, always sad because I don’t like that type of s–t,” Cardi said. “This time, I wasn’t crying. You want to know why? The reason for my divorce is not because of none of that shit that ever happened before. It’s not because of cheating. I’m seeing people be like, ‘Oh, he has a baby on the way.’ That’s a whole f–king complete lie. That’s the second time people are trying to pin babies over here. No, that’s bulls–t.”

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It boils down to this, according to the Bronx born and bred raptress … she and Offset simply grew apart.

“I just got tired of f–king arguing,” she continued. “I got tired of not seeing things eye-to-eye. When you feel like it’s just not the same anymore, before you actually get cheated on, I’d rather just leave. Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart.

“I been with this man for four years,” she went on. “I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

The pair has signaled that they will co-parent 2-year-old daughter, Kulture. Cardi is not requesting spousal or child support.

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