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Movie Quote of the Day - Bessie, 2015 (dir. Dee Rees)

Ma Rainey: Now how that feel?
Bessie Smith: Like I’m about to fall.
Ma Rainey: That’s how it should feel every night. If you’re not risking nothing, neither will they.

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‘Bessie’ Director Dee Rees Follows Up With ‘Empire,’ A Zadie Smith Project And, Possibly, A Western – Emmys

HBO’s biopic of blues singer Bessie Smith was an over 20-years-in-the-making project. It wasn’t until Pariah writer-director Dee Rees reworked the Bessie script and eventually landed the helming gig that the TV movie fell into place, subsequently earning 12 Emmy nominations, including two for Rees (in writing and directing) and one for lead actress Queen Latifah. 1,521 more words


52 Weeks of Directors: Dee Rees

Dee Rees, the director of 2011’s Pariah and the recent biopic Bessie, went from writing copy to being mentored by Spike Lee.

Rees, who is originally from a suburb of Nashville, earned her MBA and started working for Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati. 1,117 more words


The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Pariah,’ ‘Day for Night’

It’s another very dry week w/r/t new movie releases for home viewing — what can I tell you, it’s the end of summer — but a couple of quietly wonderful indies are newly streaming on Netflix, a new music doc is on Blu, Criterion has blessed us with another Truffaut, and a very important documentary is getting a long-overdue DVD release. 837 more words



With (well deserved) nominations in all the major Emmy categories, ‘Bessie’ tells the story of one of the early pioneers of black entertainment in America.  When you look at her whole career, it’s hard to describe Queen Latifah as ‘underrated’, but this project was a nice reminder of how talented she is.   102 more words

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