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Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was, without any exaggeration, an icon. This is the true story of her life: how she became the “Mother of the Blues”, to the new Netflix film about her, starring Oscar-winner Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman.
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". The film is based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.
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The True Story Behind Ma Rainey's Black Bottom | Netflix
Tensions and temperatures rise at a Chicago music studio in 1927 when fiery, fearless blues singer Ma Rainey joins her band for a recording session.

Caribbean_ jelly 05
Caribbean_ jelly 05 Degi Síðan síðan
1880s FUCK😳
Shantel Fox
Shantel Fox Degi Síðan síðan
what does iy mean her black bottom??? I'm i the only one that feels the name is inappropriate?? her back bottom? some please explain me
amaka onyugwu
amaka onyugwu 4 dögum síðan
That stuttering scene took me out, I had to watch it 3x. I felt so bad for laughing but that scene was hilarious.
FUNFACT 23 ANNIN 5 dögum síðan
The Erykah Badhu of her day
ulerio09 6 dögum síðan
To all artist, take this knowledge and apply into wisdom
antoinette lansana
antoinette lansana 8 dögum síðan
Not sure if Bessie smith looked anything like that but ok 🙃
Twenty Fly
Twenty Fly 8 dögum síðan
Monique also played Ma Rainey in the movie “Bessie” on HBO
Rik is Major Drama!
Rik is Major Drama! 9 dögum síðan
giacomomassop 9 dögum síðan
What threw me at first was that I thought it was going to be more biographical. Didn't know that it was based on a play. Now I get it. Great movie.
Cameron Schacter
Cameron Schacter 9 dögum síðan
Amazing movie. Loved it so much. Gonna read the play someday. Viola Davis did an awesome job. Rip Chadwick. Rest his beloved soul.
NATASHA CASTILLO 10 dögum síðan
I adored this film! I really savored the wide array of themes from desperation, rage, pain, and everything else in between. It took me to a dark place while hand-feeding me a spoon full of hope at the same time. I was heavy and just a great work that the actors made come to life very well. I'm grateful to have seen this.
Courtney Bell
Courtney Bell 11 dögum síðan
Incredible movie
Glenroy Nibbs
Glenroy Nibbs 11 dögum síðan
Earthly Color Brown
Earthly Color Brown 11 dögum síðan
All Oscar Winners if You ask Queen!
Dan G
Dan G 12 dögum síðan
bruh why is ma so shiny
Taste of Ashes
Taste of Ashes 12 dögum síðan
Viola Davis was mesmerizing 👑 Rest in Power Chadwick Boseman 🥀
johnnydtractive 12 dögum síðan
Shantel Fox
Shantel Fox Degi Síðan síðan
lots of gay blues singers Billy hollyday for instance
Last B Cado
Last B Cado 12 dögum síðan
I enjoyed the movie
Daveyon Darnell Sr.
Daveyon Darnell Sr. 12 dögum síðan
R.I.P. Chad Boseman
nubia cairo
nubia cairo 13 dögum síðan
I never heard of this great woman till quite recently.
Cocolene Luxone
Cocolene Luxone 13 dögum síðan
Great movie but why’d they have to ugly her up?? In real life Ma Rainey had her own unique style but what’s up with the ugly makeup?? I’m noticing how some of these film makers intentionally uglyfy black women.
Shantel Fox
Shantel Fox Degi Síðan síðan
so.true I don't like the horrible makeup that makes her look like she came out of an engine room on a steem boat
Luvy Jim
Luvy Jim 13 dögum síðan
Why they couldn’t tell her this story in the movie
Luvy Jim
Luvy Jim 13 dögum síðan
I love Chadwick but they butchered ma Rainey bio pic with a fictional character I hated this movie
Charles Brown
Charles Brown 14 dögum síðan
This isn’t a biopic. It’s a live action adaptation of an August Wilson play.
GottagitchaGROOOVEon 14 dögum síðan
They made her look soo gross in this movie. 😷
Sunshine Price
Sunshine Price 14 dögum síðan
I just saw this but felt like so much was left out and a jacked up ending. I dislike that about some netflix flims but I loved how movie got us checking out ma's life and legacy.
mimi mimi
mimi mimi 15 dögum síðan
DREAMS MARKET GROUP 15 dögum síðan
Beautiful narrator voice
James Howard
James Howard 15 dögum síðan
This was a good movie
ruth brooks
ruth brooks 15 dögum síðan
This is why black Americans need to tell our own stories. Another group is culturally unacceptable
r j
r j 15 dögum síðan
Deborah Hunter
Deborah Hunter 15 dögum síðan
I loved this movie because it reminded me of my Grandmother. She introduced my siblings and I to the Blues as children. She was great friends with B.B King and Bobby Blue Bland. So to hear the great story of Ma Rainey reminds me that all the music I was raised on listening to came from great souls like her.
Cass M
Cass M 15 dögum síðan
Wow I love Viola she is an amazing actress
naledi 16 dögum síðan
I watched it tonight, They better give Viola and Chadwick that damn statue. And a Coca-Cola to boot!
Mary Lou Irick
Mary Lou Irick 16 dögum síðan
She would have live longer if she didn't drink 3 cans of sodas at one time. That what gave her that heart attack. Plus she had high blood pressure etc. Which we didn't know how 2 take care of ourselves back then. 😉❗
Carrie Tezeno
Carrie Tezeno 16 dögum síðan
I Love Her She Demand Respect And She Got It In Those Time Our People Had To Fight For It
Carrie Tezeno
Carrie Tezeno 16 dögum síðan
Good Bless Afternoon Happy Bless Thursday Happy Bless New Year Eve I So Glad They Did This Ma Rainey Should Have Been Done Awesome Cast Love This About Time
julian williams
julian williams 16 dögum síðan
That looks like a man in a drag... ma Rainey. Psyop
Eric R
Eric R 16 dögum síðan
See right through the agenda of this film. It’s sad that if her sexuality wasn’t on public display. They wouldn’t think twice about make this movie an using Chadwick to promote it. I hope I’m wrong and I hope he gets enough screen time. But Bessie smith, madame c.j. Walker and plenty more recent movies seem to be focused on that lately. We are more than that. Just saying.
Anne Faith
Anne Faith 16 dögum síðan
Excellent acting by Viola and cast. Ma' Rainey had a nasty and privilege attitude.
Paul Felix
Paul Felix 17 dögum síðan
A must see for my girl
izzy clarke
izzy clarke 17 dögum síðan
They are well aware she was born in Alabama...i don't know why they make it an issue of mystery.
Jesus is King
Jesus is King 17 dögum síðan
Lift up your hands and aloud repeat this prayer. "Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior." Amen
Nia Marie
Nia Marie 17 dögum síðan
I like the movie but I wish it was a story about her whole life...instead of one session in the recording studio...I think it would of been a much better movie
r j
r j 15 dögum síðan
Well it's based off the play. If that's something you'd like to see you should probably watch a documentary or read a book on her life.
Brianna Williams
Brianna Williams 17 dögum síðan
I loved this movie
Da iceberg Lady
Da iceberg Lady 18 dögum síðan
I cant wait 2 see it a story we dont know cuz i love the 2 deff but we dont need no more Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston movies
Grandraplady akaAMB
Grandraplady akaAMB 18 dögum síðan
The only true and original culture exported from America is that which has been created by black America, JAZZ, BLUES, HIP HOP, RAP, GOSPEL, SOUL, all music, loved and imitated around the globe. Yes that's what black America gave the world, oh yeah, a little dance too.
Rich Girl Vibe
Rich Girl Vibe 18 dögum síðan
My only problem with this movie was it wasn’t longer 😭😭
P McCann
P McCann 18 dögum síðan
I wonder if Ma made it to Cape Girardeau
P McCann
P McCann 18 dögum síðan
God bless our broken America.
Diana Hylton
Diana Hylton 18 dögum síðan
💥💥🙌👏omg i loooove it !!! awesome
outcast566 18 dögum síðan
Viola did an amazing job! I haven't been this wowed by an actress's performance since Charlize Theron in Monster!
CreoleLady 18 dögum síðan
Horrible movie!
Kendrick Osorio
Kendrick Osorio 18 dögum síðan
Can’t wait to see the rest !
Tabitha Harrity
Tabitha Harrity 18 dögum síðan
Chile it shouldn't been longer and more scenes like fr
Gina Friend
Gina Friend 18 dögum síðan
I watched this last night. I'd give it a C. Focused on Levee too much for my liking and his disturbing accusations and language to his disbelief in God. I would not recommend this moving.
Persuasion Doll
Persuasion Doll 18 dögum síðan
Thank you Netflix’s it’s things I never knew and I appreciate you guys I love history and I’m open to learning more and more about those they failed to mention in our history books this everything she was amazing a strong black queen yasss Ms Rainey
Shante 18 dögum síðan
“I need a cold coca cola” lmaooo
Darin Campbell
Darin Campbell 19 dögum síðan
Viola Davis is my favorite actress! She is wonderful! She's a female Denzel Washington! Damn good actress. We, as black people, can be proud of her! Peace.
Estella Serrano
Estella Serrano 19 dögum síðan
I just love the beautiful Viola Davis, may you Rest in Peace Chadwick Boseman❤
Brianna Salas
Brianna Salas 19 dögum síðan
Viola Davis is one of the best actress.
Mone’t 19 dögum síðan
Loved watching this movie!
Beautiful Woman
Beautiful Woman 19 dögum síðan
*Viola Davis was the wrong choice for this role. Who approved this?He's fired. Ma Rainey was more "large and in charge." Viola tried but just missed the mark.*
Micah Cuffing
Micah Cuffing 19 dögum síðan
Viola davis is literally the meryl Streep for blacks ....such a great actress 🖤🤎💜❤💙🙌🙌👏🏼👏🏼
r j
r j 15 dögum síðan
Ummmm for blacks?
Karrie Kelly
Karrie Kelly 19 dögum síðan
I can’t believe viola gained 200 pounds for this short film but it well worth watching
Shaniqua Lassiter
Shaniqua Lassiter 19 dögum síðan
great job Netflix one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. I hope you paid viola what she was worth.
Kay Kay
Kay Kay 19 dögum síðan
This was a great movie/ documentary. RIP
Essence Padgett
Essence Padgett 19 dögum síðan
When she said wheres my coke i need coke . A cold coca cola i hollered💀🤣🤣
Susanne Willis
Susanne Willis 19 dögum síðan
It was a hard watch.
Tammy Harry
Tammy Harry 19 dögum síðan
Super important to put out she was bisexual....
r j
r j 15 dögum síðan
You should probably look up the lyrics to her songs. She openly sang about loving and courting women and added lyrics stating "she didn't need no man." Even then, it was a secret to literally no one.... She was unapologetically open about it and didn't care, it's simply who she was. Honestly..... get over it 🤷‍♂️
Ebony White
Ebony White 20 dögum síðan
Black people used to listen to country music back then in the south before blues. Country music was black music back then.
Karen Simmons
Karen Simmons 20 dögum síðan
I watched from a different perspective! I AM a Christian and recognize who Thomas A. Dorsey is! He indeed dodged a bullet when he left this group and came to God’s light! Ma Rainey had a Jezebel spirit on here! She was a bossy, overbearing woman! The one scene in the movie where the spotlight briefly shined in the trumpet player spoke volumes! It was ALL about her!!! Thankful, ohhhhh so thankful Thomas A. Dorsey left “her” group and started arranging and singing GOSPEL MUSIC! Oh, Precious Lord take my hand!!! Gloryyyyyy to God!
stephanie rainey
stephanie rainey 20 dögum síðan
Thanks Netflix and fans of this great work art for putting respect on my family's name by choosing the best Actors of our day Viola Davis 💃🏿& the dearly departed and sorely missed Chadwick Boseman 👼🏾.
MZZ 747
MZZ 747 20 dögum síðan
RadiantRuby 20 dögum síðan
A historical gem.
Johannez De La Cruz
Johannez De La Cruz 20 dögum síðan
Viola was a boss who always commanded attention in every scene. Chadwick, meanwhile, was profoundly effective in his role, that it made me hate his character especially in the 1st act.
Mr - Black women Lives matter
Mr - Black women Lives matter 20 dögum síðan
Yeah I liked the movie but not the fact that she looked so greasy. Why'd they do that?.
Rachel Williams
Rachel Williams 20 dögum síðan
Great movie
gucci Reaves
gucci Reaves 20 dögum síðan
That lady can act ugh 📢🖤🖤🖤🖤
Kimberly Harris
Kimberly Harris 20 dögum síðan
Wasn’t she connected to Bessie Smith
The 71eights
The 71eights 18 dögum síðan
Alicia H
Alicia H 20 dögum síðan
Chadwick is truly missed.
Rita Maybank
Rita Maybank 20 dögum síðan
Ms V .love the movie. You played to the ttt .GOD BLESS
Jennifer Whittington
Jennifer Whittington 20 dögum síðan
Amazing actors they had in the movie, but the movie could've been better...
Juan Delavega
Juan Delavega 20 dögum síðan
Im a go with Who gives a fk
SPF Sincerely
SPF Sincerely 20 dögum síðan
I wish they would’ve used Missy Elliott as Ma Rainey. She would’ve murdered this portrayal of Ma.
S Shoals
S Shoals 20 dögum síðan
Enjoyed being educated by the movie
Arabella Mote
Arabella Mote 20 dögum síðan
The cut pond nutritionally lie because bomber previously push above a wild leopard. abhorrent, materialistic package
Carolyn Burks
Carolyn Burks 20 dögum síðan
Lol if ma Rainey was gay glad she didn't let it take away from her talent ppl be in love with your talented gift given and in surely wasn't her quote being a lesbian 😊
George 20 dögum síðan
Boring movie with lots of attitude/ anger and you can barley understand the talking.
yvoc info
yvoc info 20 dögum síðan
Blues was created by the formerly enslaved Native Black Americans.
LolChris Gnoix
LolChris Gnoix 20 dögum síðan
Would love to see a biopic of Koko Taylor
Ron ne
Ron ne 20 dögum síðan
AG 20 dögum síðan
Sophia Michelle Richardson
Sophia Michelle Richardson 21 degi síðan síðan
Mrs. Viola is one of my favorite actresses. But I would face picked Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson to play her...
Jaye R
Jaye R 21 degi síðan síðan
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman were great but the movie was so boring. They should have made a movie on an event from her actual life instead of adapting the fictional play.
JACQUELINE Jones 21 degi síðan síðan
Viola Davis takes you on an adventure whenever she graces the screen.
-:- Jasminee -:-
-:- Jasminee -:- 21 degi síðan síðan
A movie about Bessie now Ma now They need to make a movie about Lucille Bogan she was a blues singer too I wonder who can play her
AmbiYamz Taylor
AmbiYamz Taylor 21 degi síðan síðan
This was kinda boring and forced action that's just my opinion
venessa monique
venessa monique 21 degi síðan síðan
I love all the actors in this movie, even the actors/actresses I am not familiar with. SPOILER ALERT!!!! This move was completely stupid and I knew I should not have dared myself to watch it. SPOILER ALERT. getting to the point, this movie was no more than about how the white record execs lied to and robbed these musicians and in the end the man who go fired stabbed another man in the back and killed him simply for shoes getting stepped on. Denzel Washington who played in nothing but box office smash hits should have taken lessons from Spike Lee on how to produce and direct a movie. Denzel should be ashamed of himself for the way he produced this short story that was none the less produced by George C. Wolfe. What a disappointment this movie is.
Anthony Nelson
Anthony Nelson 21 degi síðan síðan
Too bad. So sad. That was a man in drag!
Blue Stocking
Blue Stocking 21 degi síðan síðan
This isn't a biopic. It is part of a 10 play cycle by August Wilson depicting the African American experience in the 20th century. 1 play for each decade. This is a film version of the play.
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