'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' and the Liberating Power of Music

Netflix's new adaptation of August Wilson's play understands the singular magic of the blues.

Chadwick Boseman's Last Movie, 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom …

There's a lot of Oscar buzz around Viola Davis as the blues-singing title character in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." But critic Bob Mondello says the film version of …

Why 'Ma Rainey's' Creative Team Used Horsehair to Reflect …

“Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” hair department head Mia Neal had never worked with horsehair before until she needed to create wigs for the new Netflix film …

The real Ma Rainey. Will the Netflix movie do her justice?

Introducing the real Ma Rainey. Ahead of the premiere on December 18, 2020 of August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, it is important for audiences to …

'Ma Rainey' True Story: Get To Know the Real Life Blues Singer …

Yes. Well, sort of. August Wilson based his 1982 play on the real-life 1920s blues singer Ma Rainey, who really did record her first tracks in a Chicago recording …

How Branford Marsalis Found 'Ma Rainey''s Sound

The jazz icon on finding the perfect singer to voice Viola Davis's title character, working with the late Chadwick Boseman, and a career filled with unexpected …

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