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Netflix debuted the first look at the forthcoming, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, on Wednesday (Sept. 30). The film stars Viola Davis as the jazz legend, and Chadwick Boseman as her trumpeter, Levee.
Shot in Pittsburg last year, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom marks Boseman’s final film role. Boseman, 43, succumbed to colon cancer last month. “He did a brilliant job, and he’s gone,” said Denzel Washington, who is a producer on the film, told the New York Times. “I still can’t believe it.”
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman star in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, a new film based on August Wilson’s award-winning play from director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington. @MaRaineyFilm premieres December 18. pic.twitter.com/ErhrQAW4nU
— Netflix (@netflix) September 30, 2020
Adapted from August Wilson’s play of the same name, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is helmed by director George C. Wolfe, and centers around the 1920s Chicago recording session of “Mother of the Blues.” The plot addresses topics of race, music, relationships, Rainey’s battle for control over her music, and exploitation of Black artists.
The “Godmother of blues,” whose birth name was Gertrude Pridgett, was born in Columbus, Ga, in 1886. Rainey started out performing in talent shows in her hometown, when she was around 12 years old. She went on to launch the Alabama Fun Makers Company with her husband prior to joining the Rabbit’s Foot Company where they performed in minstrel shows during the early 1900s. Husband and wife were known as “Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues,” before Rainey's career took her to New Orleans. In the Big Easy, Rainey met jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Joe “King” Oliver, Pop Foster, and Sidney Bechet. She was introduced to the blues in the early 1920s, signed a record deal with Paramount and became friends with singer Bessie Smith.
Rainey recorded over 100 songs in a span of just five years. She would later collaborate with Armstrong on multiple songs, and toured the South and Midwest with pianist Thomas Dorsey and the Wildcats Jazz Band. The groundbreaking powerhouse was also known for boldly singing about her bisexuality, most notably in “Prove It on Me,” released in 1928. Rainey’s career went into the decline during the latter portion of the '20s and she was eventually let go from Paramount. In the last five years of her life, Rainey had returned to her hometown where she ran three theaters. She died from a heart attack in 1939 at age 53.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom premieres on Netflix on Dec. 18.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are grieving the loss of their third child after experiencing pregnancy complications.
The author and mother of two took to social media on Thursday morning to share the heartbreaking news of their miscarriage. "We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before," starts Teigen's Instagram caption. "We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough."
The Lip Sync Battle co-host went on to write about how this pregnancy felt different, especially when it came to the naming of their soon-to-be son. "We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital," she continued. "But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever."
On Sunday, Teigen was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. While sharing pregnancy updates with her fans on her Instagram Stories, she shared how she'd been having bouts of excessive bleeding during her weeks of mandatory bed rest. After receiving two blood transfusions, Teigen tweeted about her frightening experience with a large blood clot.
"Just had a really scary morning, almost save-worthy," she wrote with a weary face emoji on Tuesday. "The scramble to hear the heartbeat seemed like hours. I never thought I’d relief sigh so much in my liiiiife."
Teigen and Legend accompanied the sad news of their son, Jack, with black and white photos of them holding the baby in her hospital room. Minutes after their update, Teigen tweeted: "Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real." John Legend also took to his Twitter account and simply retweeted Chrissy's tweet with black heart emojis and the words "We love you, Jack."
Our hearts and prayers are with Chrissy and John as they grieve the loss of their unborn son.
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We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack - I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers. We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.
Usher and girlfriend, Jenn Goicoechea are on Cloud 9! The couple recently welcomed a baby girl named Sovereign Bo Raymond, Usher revealed via Instagram on Wednesday (Sept. 30).
“We are feeling blessed and full of love with the arrival of our beautiful baby girl,” Sovereign Bo Raymond. ‘he captioned a photo of him holding his baby girl’s tiny hand. The proud father listed his location as “Heaven on Earth” and added that Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” has been on repeat in honor of their new bundle of joy.
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We are feeling blessed and full of love with the arrival of our beautiful baby girl, Sovereign Bo Raymond. “Isn’t She lovely” by Stevie Wonder on repeat ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Sovereign was born on Sept. 24, according to PEOPLE. The baby girl the third child for the 41-year-old Grammy winner who shares two sons, Usher Raymond V, 12, and Naviyd Raymond, 11, with his ex-wife Tameka Foster.
Though Usher and Jenn have been keeping their relationships lowkey, the “Don’t Waste My Time” singer confirmed pregnancy rumors on Good Morning America earlier in the month while promoting his forthcoming Las Vegas residency. “Babies always bring such joy to a family and [I'm] really, really excited for my young one,” he said.
Usher has a lot on his place these days. Aside from being a new father of three, and prepping for Las Vegas, the multi-Grammy winner is working on his ninth studio album.