Queen Latifah Stars as 'Bessie' on HBO: The Good, The Bad and The Naked
There’s a scene in the new HBO film Bessie where Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah), legendary Empress of the Blues, is putting on a tent show for a packed house when a group of Klansmen drive up and threaten to burn the place down. Bessie jumps off the stage, confronts them and kicks one, snatching his ax and threatening him with it.
“Better pick up your sheets and run!” she says, before returning to the stage and finishing her show to rapturous applause.
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