Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

Like many of those involved in the making of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," it's not easy for Viola Davis to summarize what playwright August Wilson has meant to her except to answer, "Everything." 

Davis' first stage role was in Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." She made her Broadway...

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020

Chadwick Boseman surges onto the screen as fast-talking trumpeter Levee in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" like a man on an electrified tightrope -- balancing precariously between hope and cynicism, humor and sadness, joy and pain, and love and hate.

Unlike with some of Boseman's other famous...

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017

Oprah Winfrey doesn't scare easy and she wasn't frightened here.

"But I was unsure and uncertain of myself going into this role," she says. "I did not want to do it. I never truly expected to do it. I had other people in mind to do it."

Instead, it's Winfrey who erupts in the new...

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