On a rainy day at the New York Academy of Medicine in Harlem, HBO/Cinemax hosted a special screening of The Knick, a new series premiering August 8th, starring Clive Owen and Andre Holland .
Myself, along with the honored attendees of this event received the opportunity to view the first two episodes of the season. I must say, I almost forgot it was a series… It was that good. Very gory, direct and extremely well produced. The show is so intriguing that it already got picked up for a second season and it didn’t even premiere yet!
A special Q&A and panel discussion followed, featuring one of the stars of the series, Andre Holland, who delivers an excelling performance as Dr. Algernon Edwards, a gifted African-American Harvard graduate who joins a team of surgeons, steered by Dr. John Thackery (Clive Owen). The show sheds light on the voyage to save lives, revolutionize medicine, searching for acclamation in the shadows of corruption and discrimination at an economically challenged, all-white facility in 1900.
Attendees enjoyed a post-screening reception, which included a delectable buffet, drinks and a Jazz performance by Mo’ Betta Wu – featuring Amanda Seales, which is interestingly composed of remaking Wu Tang Clan classics into Jazz melodies (Fun Fact). I’ll keep those comments to myself though.
Talent flooded the place with some familiar faces such as Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Recording artists Elle Varner and Teyana Taylor and many more.
Check out some of the photos from the red carpet below. (Via Getty by J. Countess)
(Ivy Rivera, Media Personality [myself])
(Andre Holland, Actor, and Co-Star of The Knick)
(Elle Varner, Recording Artist)
(Teyana Taylor, Recording Artist)
(Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Recording Artist)
(Daisha, Recording Artist)
(Amanda Seales, Media Personality)