Record label ‘discovers’ it underpaid black artistsmain
I watched Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix in a state of stupefaction at the tsunami of overpraise it received from film critics. Taken from a stage play, it’s a static film without character development or much of a plot. There are better things to watch on Netflix.
However, some things never change.
Ma Rainey had to fight with every sinew to get paid by record producers in the 1920s.
In 2020, the German-owned record conglomerate BMG has ‘discovered’ evidence that some black artists are still paid less than whites.
Well, fancy that.