Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom ★★★★

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In 1927, tensions unfold between renowned blues singer Ma Rainey and her band at a recording studio in Chicago. On this recording, different black musicians contemplate their identities and confront their own traumatic past and contrasting values.

Named the theatre’s poet of black America, August Wilson, wrote a series of plays about African-American heritage and community in the 20th century. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is one of these incredible plays being adapted into Netflix’s film, directed by George C. Wolfe, written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf, and starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The film centres around Ma Rainey, known as The "Mother of the Blues", one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record.

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is an emotionally charged drama that impresses the audience with soulful storytelling, stunning cinematography, incredible music composed by Branford Marsalis, and most notably, shining stars delivering powerhouse performances. Ma Rainey's Black Bottom presents so many thought-provoking themes, encompassing racism and class, identity and marginalization, ambition vs. reality, authenticity vs. commodity, and social activism. At the core of the story, the intense drama and characters focus on a timeless meditation on black art and white exploitation.

R.I.P., Chadwick Boseman for your most memorable performance in your career and life! Oscar Nominations to both Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman!

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