The voice of New York, Angie Martinez, and Netflix invited The Knockturnal for an intimate (advanced) screening of Dee Rees’ critically-acclaimed Mudbound. 
The press filled theatre both laughed and whimpered throughout the post-WWII Southern plotted film. All the while, awaiting the evening’s highlight, a Q&A moment with Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul turned small screen starlet, Mary J. Blige. Mudbound has swept awards across 2017 film festivals, including the Austin Film Festival’s Audience Award, the Gotham Awards’ Best Ensemble Performance Award, Mill Valley Film Festival’s Overall Favorite Award, and a Breakthrough Actress Award for Mary J. Blige.
The film’s illustration of inhumane prejudice, budding friendships, rural living hardships, and progressive farming entrepreneurial aspirations– offers a tough-to-swallow (yet enlightening) take on America’s ugly history. Angie Martinez sat with her longtime friend Mary J. Blige to discuss preparing for Mudbound, behind the scenes action, juggling filming and personal obstacles, as well as, her message to viewers. Check out the icons’ conversation at Manhattan’s beloved Neuehouse Madison Square on Thursday, 11/16.
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Bianca Alysse is a creatively driven Bronx-born writer and editor. Before becoming The Knockturnal‘s music editor she served as Latina‘s creative coordinator and was a contributor at Billboard. The Boricua scribe has a lengthy resume in the music industry and has penned for Universal Music Publishing Group, Epic Records, G.O.O.D. Music, Compound Entertainment, Artistry & Récords, and Arcade Creative Group. Her work has been seen on platforms like VIBE, mitú, TIDAL, Remezcla, and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week. As an independent contractor, she has written for Sony Music Entertainment’s global business affairs department, Warner Music Group, and currently Roc Nation.

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