The story of legendary blues performer Bessie Smith, who rose to fame during the 1920s and '30s.
The Queen brings Bessie back to life.
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was offered the role of Viola, but she refused because she had played that type of character before. Reading the script, she liked Ma Rainey and asked HBO if it was possible to play that character. See more
No yellow bitch in my show!
Weepin' Woman Blues
Written by Ma Rainey
Performed by Pat Bass See more