Becoming Ma Rainey In “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”


Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey, her ambitious horn player and the white management determined to control the uncontrollable “Mother of the Blues”. Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play.

Viola Davis transforms into the legendary “Mother of the Blues” in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Now streaming on Netflix.


Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
On: Netflix
Director: George C. Wolfe
Starring: Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo
Genre: Drama, Music


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