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.