In honor of Black History Month, the Iowa City Public Library will show a free screening of Bessie at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

This 2015 HBO TV film about legendary American blues singer Bessie Smith focuses on her transformation as a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues.” Directed by Dee Rees, the film stars Queen Latifah stars as Smith, with supporting roles are played by Michael Kenneth Williams as Smith's first husband Jack Gee, and Mo'Nique as Ma Rainey.

Bessie received four Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Television Movie.

The movie will be shown in the big screen in Meeting Room A. Popcorn will be provided.

For more information, contact the Library at 319-356-5200.

Date of publication

Thursday, January 28, 2016