See Queen Latifah Channel the Empress of the Blues in New Bessie Trailer

Queen Latifah is bringing back the blues.

The Oscar nominee, 45, will pay tribute to Bessie Smith – the so-called Empress of the Blues – in the new HBO film Bessie.

The movie will not only focus on Bessie’s rise to fame as one of the most powerful and soulful blues singers of the 1920s, but will highlight the struggles the young singer endured.

Mo'Nique Says She Was 'Blackballed' After Her Oscar Win

Mo’Nique’s career didn’t exactly take off after her 2010 Oscar win.

Despite taking home the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious, the actress, 47, says she wasn’t welcomed by all in Hollywood.

Follow Mo'Nique's Amazing Body Transformation on Twitter

Mo’Nique made headlines last spring for shedding more than 80 pounds, and the Oscar winner says she has her family to thank for her continued dedication to diet and exercise.

Octavia Spencer: How I Beat Out Oscar Winners for The Help

Mo'Nique's Brother Apologizes for Sexually Abusing His Sister

The brother of Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique admitted to Oprah Winfrey on Monday that he repeatedly molested his little sister starting when she was only 7 years old.

Mo’Nique, who won the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, has spoken publicly about the abuse at the hands of Gerald Imes, saying she channeled “that monster” when she played the brutal mother in the film.

Which Hollywood A-Listers Could Pull Off Disney Villains?

Glenn Close was sheer evil perfection as the live-action version of Cruella De Vil in the 1996 remake of the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians. And while that creepy character sought to clothe herself in cuddly lap dogs, Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent takes it up a notch, cursing a baby to death by spinning wheel and turning into a dragon! She’s so ominous, in fact, she may be the first Disney villain to get her own feature.

Mo'Nique Wins Her Oscar for Precious

Its title proved prescient. Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire was a double winner during the middle point of the 2010 Academy Awards on Sunday night.

Even though she seemingly had a lock on the Supporting Actress Oscar, Mo’Nique triggered a welcome jolt that reverberated through Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre when her name was announced. She first thanked the Academy “for showing that it can be about the performance and not the politics.”

Christoph Waltz, Up Early Oscar Winners

Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.

Then the fun began.

What's Your Fantasy Oscars Red Carpet Sighting?

The nominees are in – and pundits have been making predictions for weeks. But what about those unpredictable factors – the red carpet run-ins and new couplings that will make this year’s Academy Awards super memorable?

Which Oscar Virgin Are You Rooting For?

There will be a whole lot of green on the red carpet Sunday night. No, the procession into the 2010 Academy Awards isn’t getting a makeover. This year’s pool of nominees are just a fresh-faced bunch of newcomers!

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