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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

It took Queen Latifah more than 20 years to bring the life of pioneering blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. "Inhabiting her has inhabited me," she says.

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In HBO's 'Bessie,' Queen Latifah Stars As Empress Of The Blues

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Long White Line Sturgill Simpson
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Call It A Prose Ceremony: 'Bachelor' Host Writes A Novel

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Ramsey Lewis' hit single "The In Crowd" was recorded live in concert 50 years ago this month. Courtesy of Ravinia Festival hide caption

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50 Years Ago, Ramsey Lewis Joined 'The In Crowd'

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