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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: A Review

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

A Heart of Hollywood Movie Recommendation


Illustration: Netflix Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

For those who don’t know what to binge-watch this weekend, we, at Heart of Hollywood Magazine, have a movie recommendation that you will not regret watching. We are talking about one of the newest Netflix releases that have many people talking and for good reason. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is one of the best critiqued Netflix original productions that has managed to portray Gertrude Pridgett Rainey’s life, better known as Ma Rainey or “The Mother of Blues,” an African-American Blues singer from the 1920s. She started her career when she was a teenager in her hometown Georgia, but it wasn’t until she turned 37 years old when she recorded her first tracks.


The legendary story of the singer arrived on all Netflix screens at the beginning of this year. Inspired by the 1982 theater play, the movie is directed by George C. Wolfe. It has big names attached as its main characters, like the great Viola Davis playing Ma and Chadwick Boseman playing his last role as a trumpeter named Levee. The movie begins in 1927 when Ma Rainey