Events & Tickets
ABFF Presents Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
New World Center, Truist Pavilion
Free, ticket required
The American Black Film Festival presents a special screening of Netflix’s award-winning film starring Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman about a fiery blues singer who joins her band for a turbulent recording session in 1920s Chicago.
Yvette Harris hosts a discussion with Dr. Tammy Kernodle that will include a prerecorded chat between Dr. Kernodle; Russell Motley, Professor at Florida Memorial University; and score composer for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Branford Marsalis.
This event is part of the New World Symphony’s festival I Dream a World: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond. This festival is made possible with support from the NWS Collaborations Fund, the NWS Fund for New Ventures and Bank of America.
While at the New World Center
Exhibition: Interludes of Harlem: Poetic Illustrations of Langston Hughes featuring Jacob Lawrence
Christopher Norwood, curator and founder of Hampton Art Lovers at the Historic Ward Rooming House, will curate an exhibition of art which contextualizes the Harlem Renaissance and the American Great Migration that ushered in the first Black arts movement. This exhibition will be on display at the New World Center throughout the festival. Click here for more information.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
As of September 18, 2021, these are the guidelines that all guests at New World Symphony concerts must follow. These guidelines will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the New World Center and to any users of the tickets purchased by you. Click here for additional information.
- We request that all guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) and provide proof of vaccination; i.e. original vaccination card, copy of vaccination card, or picture of vaccination card. Name on vaccination card must match name on ID.
- In lieu of proof of vaccination, we require proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test result within 72-hours (including for unvaccinated children under 12 years of age). Name on test result must match name on ID. Results from self-test kits and test-at-home kits will not be accepted.
- All guests may undergo a temperature screening upon entry into the building.
- Masks are required inside New World Center at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
DAY OF EVENT
- Please arrive early for check-in process.
- Please bring your ID and proof of vaccination or negative test result. As noted above, the full name on your ID must match the name on your vaccination card or COVID test result.
- Please remember to bring a mask.
By attending our events, you voluntarily accept responsibility for all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Yvette Harris, host
Yvette N. Harris is the Founder + CEO of the purpose-driven boutique public relations company Harris Public Relations. The tagline for her company is Community Minded, Culturally Driven. Indeed she is the go-to-publicist who has her finger on the pulse of today's ever-changing media landscape. This standout strategic pr strategist has been orchestrating a quiet revolution within the public relations industry for over 25 years. This native New Yorker began her public relations career with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She managed the public relations activities for the Superfund program.
Ms. Harris’ passion + commitment to generating newsworthy and thoughtful storytelling for black and brown communities is the foundation of what drives her daily.
Her company's solid national and international track record in the arts and culture, community and business is one she is very proud of. Her impressive national and global footprint of past and current clients includes the Miami Carnival, Black Tech Week, House of Mandela Wine, Urgent Inc., Special Olympics Miami-Dade-Florida, Art Africa Miami, MTV Music Awards, The American Black Film Festival, Microsoft Legacy Project and the 56th Annual Selma Jubilee, to name a few.
A testament to her dedication to public service and diversity of arts and culture, Ms. Harris serves as a Miami Broward One Carnival board member. She has been instrumental in the planning of the Miami Carnival since 2003. She has played a vital role in obtaining sponsorship, shaping media impressions and cultivating key strategic relationships to help build brands.
Ms. Harris also serves on the grant review panel for the Miami -Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. In addition, she enjoys speaking to youth organizations and participating in numerous community initiatives. Ms. Harris is a proud and involved mother of her beautiful daughter, Nya, whom she deems her most significant accomplishment.