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HBO Bessie Smith movie promotional poster

A new movie coming out this spring is about the life of Chattanooga icon Bessie Smith.

The HBO Films drama stars Queen Latifah as the legendary jazz singer who was born and grew up in the Scenic City.

Smith began her career by singing and dancing on Chattanooga streets to earn money for her household. Today, the annual Bessie Smith Strut and Bessie Smith Cultural Center exist in honor of her memory.

The biopic is scheduled to premiere Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. on HBO.

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