Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is a drama directed by George C. Wolfe and written by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. Ma Rainey was produced by Denzel Washington, Todd Black, and Dany Wolf. The film, while based on a true story as well as its source play, focuses on Ma Rainey, an influential blues/jazz singer who was the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire. She performed during the first three decades of the 20th century and enjoyed mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom dramatizes a recording session that occurred in Chicago.

In 1927, Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), a highly regarded blues singer was recently been contracted by white producers. A recording session for songs slated for Ma’s next album is scheduled by her manager Irvin (Jeremy Shamos) to take…

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