The HBO movie “Bessie” of bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith has a sneak peek on You Tube (see above). It shows Queen Latifah singing “When You’re Good to Mama.”
Latifah got an Academy Award nomination for supporting actress in “Chicago” for portraying the rather bisexual Mama Morton. Now, she will be portraying the most successful black singer of her era. She was married twice, but had many open affairs with women.
Directed by Dee Rees, the drama also star’s Oscar-winner Mo’Nique as Ma Rainey, who is rumored to have been the woman who first introduced Smith to lesbian sex.
HBO Films presents “Bessie” on Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]