Update: RSVPs for this “Behind the Headlines” event are closed due to space. You can follow and comment on Wednesday night’s panel discussion on twitter #PostBTH, and follow the twitter stream Wednesday evening at washington post.com/regional.

The Washington Post and Howard University are presenting a panel discussion based on the Black Women in America special report on tonight.

The series and the national survey reflect a shifting portrait of black women in America. As the Post’s Krissah Thompson reports, young black women see more opportunities for themselves than ever before, with role models like Condoleeza Rice and Michelle Obama.

Meanwhile, nearly half of the women surveyed said they still worry about being discriminated against.

The panel of local and national experts are discussing the results of the Kaiser Family Foundation/Washington Post survey and the Black Women in America special report.

Panel participants include Michelle Singletary, the Post’s personal finance columnist; and Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder of online magazine Urban Cusp.

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The panel, “Through the Looking Glass: Black Women in America,” is part of the Post’s Behind the Headlines discussion series. The event will be held at Howard University’s Blackburn Center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29. Admission is free, though seating is limited.

To RSVP or submit a question for the panel, send an e-mail to behindtheheadlines@washpost.com.