Dec. 18, 2020

He Stepped On My Shoe

Watching Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Blues on Netflix was definitely quite difficult. Not only was watching the outstanding performance by Chadwick Boseman and knowing that this superior work was his final work was difficult. But also watching the movie and seeing the absolute oppressive conditions that our African American ancestors faced on a daily basis by America’s institutions of white supremacy. From capturing Ma Rainey’s understanding of the level of bigotry that forced her to give up her economic powers to whites. To the outrage that generated the murder of Glynn Thurman’s character by Chadwick Boseman’s character due to the wickedness of the white director of the sound studio. In the end the door that was always closed was the box that sealed opportunities for African American uplift. It was an excellent adaptation of the great August Wilson play. I can only hope that the Academy of Screen Actors honors Chadwick Boseman with a well deserved Oscar. Because he certainly deserved it. Rest In Peace my brother. “he stepped on my shoe”