“Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” quotes

Movie Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Title Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Year 2020
Director George C. Wolfe
Genre Drama, Musical
Plot – Ma Rainey's Black Bottom is a 2020 American biographical musical drama based on the play of the same name by August Wilson. It follows the story of the legendary "Mother of the Blues," Ma Rainey, during a turbulent recording session with her band in 1920s Chicago. She engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. Tempers flare and dark secrets come to light between her band members.
All actors – Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman, Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Jeremy Shamos, Jonny Coyne, Taylour Paige, Dusan Brown, Joshua Harto, Quinn VanAntwerp, Chloe Davis, Mayte Natalio, Johanna Elmina Moise, Onyxx Noel
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  • “The blues help you get out of bed in the morning. You get up knowing you ain't alone. There's something else in the world. Something's has been added by that song.”
    Viola Davis - Ma Rainey
    [Tag:blues, music]
  • “White folk don't understand about the blues. They hear it come out, but they don't know how it got there. They don't understand that that's life's way of talking. You don't sing to feel better. You sing 'cause that's a way of understanding life.”
    Viola Davis - Ma Rainey
    [Tag:blues, music, singing]
  • “Life ain't shit. You can put it in a paper bag and carry it around with you. It ain't got no balls. Now death... . death got some style. Death will kick your ass and make you wish you never been born. That's how bad death is.”
    Chadwick Boseman - Levee
    [Tag:death, life]
  • “What I care about bad luck? You talking simple. I ain't had nothing but bad luck all my life. Couldn't get no worse. What the hell I care about some bad luck? Hell, I eat it every day for breakfast! You dumber than I thought you was... talkin' about 'bad luck.'”
    Chadwick Boseman - Levee
    [Tag:luck, misfortune]
  • “The more music you have in the world, the fuller it is.”
    Viola Davis - Ma Rainey
    [Tag:blues, music]
  • “They don't care nothin' about me. All they want is my voice. Well, I done learned that. And they gonna treat me the way I wanna be treated, no matter how much it hurt them.”
    Viola Davis - Ma Rainey
    [Tag:hurt, singers, voice]