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Black Lens will talk this special evening of music on Tuesday night.

Join Black Lens for a virtual chat on Jill Scott and Erykah Badu's Verzuz event

Concerts and movies may be temporarily canceled, but Black Lens found a way to bring people together around both tomorrow night.

The film organization announced that it will host a moderated virtual discussion on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. about Saturday night's wildly popular "Verzuz" Instagram live-stream between award-winning R&B/soul icons Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.

Created by producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, the "Verzuz" series has staged several Instagram music competitions between rappers, producers and singers to entertain and engage fans during quarantine, with Saturday night's musical collaboration the stream's long-awaited first between two female artists. But what was promoted as a battle almost immediately shifted into a warm-hearted extended virtual jam session between two musicians, going back and forth spinning hits and deep cuts from their respective catalogues for several hours and racking up more than 700,000 viewers – including former First Lady Michelle Obama, who chimed in the comments to make sure her husband was aware of what was going on too.

Along with moderator Donte McFadden of Black Lens, a trio of Milwaukee's own excellent soul singers – B~Free, Element Everest-Blanks and Robin Reese – will break down the unique virtual joint session, as well as talk about the two artists' impact on film and television with their songs and performances, both as actors and musicians.

To tune into the conversation, RSVP by emailing Black Lens at donte@mkefilm.org. And in case you missed the show, YouTube caught most of the show, and the official playlist can be found on Spotify.

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