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Learn the real-life story behind ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is among the leading contenders in several categories for this year’s Academy Awards. In this week’s Sunday Spotlight, NBC’s Rehema Ellis shares the real-life story and music behind the movie, which stars Viola Davis as an early pioneer of the blues.