Playwright August Wilson penned the award-winning Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom in 1982 highlighting a fictional day in the life of the very real “Ma” Rainey (Born Gertrude Pridgett, April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939).
Today, Netflix released the movie version of Wilson’s play under the direction of George C. Wolfe and executive produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black and Dany Wolf. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has an all-star lineup including Viola Davis, Michael Potts, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo and Chadwick Boseman’s final onscreen role before his shocking death from colon cancer this past August.
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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom brings to focus the still relevant issues in the African American Community including racial discrimination, racial equality, faith in God, as well as biblical principles and above all… overcoming.
The music is powerful, the actors were amazing and I would not be surprised at all if Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman receive Oscar nominations for their performances!
Note: This movie is rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence… so check it out once the kiddos are in bed!