The August Wilson Society (AWS) recently announced an exciting Facebook Live event on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. that will celebrate the life and legacy of African-American playwright August Wilson.

Following the premiere of Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” on Netflix, AWS will host the “jam session” featuring Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Ebony Jo-Ann. The play serves as the work which propelled Wilson’s career as a major American playwright.

Those who attend the “jam session” will learn about the genius of Wilson from people who are considered master interpreters of his work. In addition, the event will feature details about the life of Gertrude Pridgett “Ma” Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues,” and celebrate the Oscar-worthy final performance of Chadwick Boseman.

Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, president of the August Wilson Society, will serve as the “jam session” moderator. Look for our complete interview with Shannon in next week’s edition of The Washington Informer.

For more information about the August Wilson Society and the “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Post-Netflix Premiere “Jam Session,” go to

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