Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: NAACP Image Award

NAACP Image Awards: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom


Chadwick Boseman
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Left to right: Chadwick Boseman (foreground), Glynn Turman, Michael Potts and Colman Domingo

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, stars Viola Davis as trailblazing blues singer Ma Rainey during a turbulent recording session with her band in 1927 Chicago. Domingo says the Netflix film saw the entire cast and crew “be a dynamic ensemble that could hopefully amplify all the things that we’re interested in talking about right now, the things we’re wrestling with in society.” That cast also includes the late Chadwick Boseman, who has received across-the-board recognition for his final performance as trumpeter Levee Green, having already picked up several award season wins and his first, posthumous Oscar nomination.