EVENT: HowardU, August Wilson Society and Netflix Present Ma Rainey Black Bottom Virtual Jam Session

with Phylicia Rashad, George C. Wolfe, Colman Domingo and more

WASHINGTON – To end the semester with a special treat, Howard University and the August Wilson Society will host “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Virtual Jam Session” on Saturday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. EST in partnership with Netflix. To register for the free event, visit howard.edu/marainey.

The Virtual Jam Session will spotlight the work of August Wilson, recognize Chadwick Boseman in his last performance and provide a unique discussion about the differences and similarities of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” in play and in film.

The two-part event will include a panel discussion led by Sandra G. Shannon, Ph.D., president of the August Wilson Society, with Phylicia Rashad, Howard University alumna, actress, singer and stage director; Ruben Santiago-Hudson, award-winning actor, playwright, director and screenwriter; Ebony Jo-Ann, recording artist and multiple award-winning actress of stage and screen. Rashad and Santiago-Hudson both directed the play.

Additionally, there will be an exclusive interview with renowned director and playwright of theater and film, five-time Tony Award winner and director of the Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” George C. Wolfe and Colman Domingo, a Tony, Lawrence Olivier and NAACP Theatre Award Nominated Actor, who plays “Culter” in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” The film releases on Friday, Dec. 18 on Netflix. Check out the trailer here.