Watch: Queen Latifah in ‘Bessie’ Trailer

Queen Latifah hasn’t been in a flapper dress since Chicago, but the talk show host, actress and musician is back in the attire for her latest role.

The trailer for Bessie has hit the interwebs, and Latifah is definitely bringing life to the role. The film, produced by HBO, is based on the life of one of the most influential recording artists of the 1920s. Bessie Smith was a complex figure. As a black entertainer in the 1920s, a high point of racism, her life was anything but easy.

The story of her life airs May 16 on HBO and stars Academy Award-winning actress Mo’Nique, Mike Epps and Michael Kenneth Williams.

Check out the trailer below.