Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, 2020.
Directed by George C. Wolfe
Starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo, and Michael Potts.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom will be known as Chadwick Boseman’s final film, but the movie is so much more than that. Our host EJ Moreno discusses this upcoming Academy Awards contender. From the outstanding script to its brilliant cast of talented actors, this is bound to be one of the year’s most talked-about films.
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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis). Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.
Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige, and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is set for release in select theaters in November and arrives on Netflix on December 22nd.