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Queen Latifah Talks Homophobia, Bill Cosby & Her First Nude Scene for HBO’s ‘Bessie’ in ‘UPTOWN Magazine’

Academy Award-nominated actress Queen Latifah will portray American blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s upcoming biopic Bessie set to air May 16.
Ahead of its premiere, Queen Latifah sat down with UPTOWN Magazine to discuss a myriad of topics, including Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations, homophobia in the black community (and in society in general) and her most recent ill-fated daytime talk show.

Check out a few tidbits from the cover story below.
On her cancelled interview with Bill Cosby amidst countless sexual assault allegations:
“I would’ve absolutely had to ask him about it because it just would’ve been too big an elephant in the room. It’s unfortunate because he has done so much in terms of entertainment, culture and black folks. But right is right and wrong is wrong. All these women, all these stories, it’s just – what a big stain on such an amazing career.”
On rampant homophobia in the black community and marriage equality:
“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love. We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.”
“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me.”
On going nude for Bessie:
“I’ve never done that before. It was a little odd but it was also a quiet, relaxing thing. Sometimes she was so alone, and it was a moment for Bessie to acknowledge her vulnerability, which I can completely relate to. When you get to strip it all down and have a moment to yourself, sometimes the world comes crashing down in that little moment, or maybe it’s a moment of peace. I don’t find [this nude scene] any more uncomfortable than kissing a girl in ‘Set It Off’ and sticking to the script. You have to take your mind off of yourself and honor that character. Respect Cleo, respect Bessie.”
For more, head on over to UPTOWN.
Queen Latifah Talks Homophobia, Bill Cosby & Her First Nude Scene for HBO’s ‘Bessie’ in ‘UPTOWN Magazine’ Reviewed by Jisieike Samuel on April 28, 2015 Rating: 5

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