Jason Mitchell, an actor of “Straight Outta Compton” and “Keanu” fame, will speak tonight on Dillard University’s campus as a guest lecturer of #PHI 444: Hip Hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior., a class taught by Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University. Mitchell, a New Orleans native, will speak at 7 p.m., in Georges Auditorium and the event is free and open to the public.
Over the last five years, Jason Mitchell has steadily built a reputation as an actor on the rise. Mitchell has achieved critical acclaim for his role portraying the iconic “Eazy-E” in Universal Studios’ “Straight Outta Compton,” the 2015 biopic on N.W.A., that was directed by F. Gary Gray. Starring opposite Paul Giamatti, Mitchell beat out competition from around the country for this coveted role. He won the African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as sharing nominations with his fellow castmates for Best Ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics Choice Awards. Mitchell reunites with his Compton co-star Corey Hawkins, as well as Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson, to battle King Kong in Warner Bros.’ “Skull Island,” that is slated for release in March 2017. He recently shot the independent feature “Vincent & Roxxy” opposite Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz, and is about to begin production on Vikram Gandhi’s “Barry,” the story of Obama’s college days in New York City.
Mitchell currently resides in New Orleans, with his two daughters.
About #PHI 444
Kimbrough’s philosophy class, #PHI 444: Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior seeks to look at this sexual revolution through the lens of the musical art form which is arguably is the most sexual- hip hop. This course provides an opportunity for substantive reflection and review of ethical principles and their relevance today in light of the creation and growth of the hip hop culture. Join in on the class discussions on Twitter #PHI444.