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On This Gay Day: Blues singer Ma Rainey was born

Ma Rainey was born on this day in 1886 Ma Rainey is acknowledged as one of the most influential blues singers of all time, part of the first generation to be recorded, she is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Blues’. Born Gertrude Pridgett, she gained her name through marriage when she wed […]

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Viola Davis gets a Golden Globe nomination for Ma Rainey portrayal

Viola Davis gets a Golden Globe nomination for Ma Rainey portrayal

Viola Davis is among the Best Actress nominations for this year’s Golden Globe awards for her portrayal of jazz legend Ma Rainey, while James Cordon has scored a nomination for his contentious role in The Prom.  David Fincher’s film Mank topped the list with six nominations, while streaming service Netflix also had many programs among the nominees. Australian […]

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‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’: Viola Davis stars as queer blues legend

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’: Viola Davis stars as queer blues legend

An award-winning Broadway show is coming to Netflix with a stellar cast and a slice of history. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the play of the same name by August Wilson, stars Viola Davis as the titular character. Ma Rainey was a pioneer in the world of blues, and for Black women in the […]

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