This week on The Local Take, I speak with Breanna Lathrop, Chief Operations Officer at Good Samaritan  Health Center on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW. She came to talk to us about COVID-19 testing available daily at the health center. 

Check out this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features Emmy Award winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sonia Lowman and Greg Scruggs from the Peacock documentary Black Boys, Will Packer and Dr. Nicole LaBeach from OWN's Put A Ring On It and AAFCA member Ronda Penrice is here for our Hollywood Roundup

Join producer, educator, and speaker---Jennifer Walton---on November 5 at 4 p.m. for What to Know about Extas & Casting. The event is presented by Step Up and Pitch It and features actress and acting coach Tonia Jackson, Casting Director and Content Creator Cathy Reinking and Patrick Ingram, Casting Director for Extras Casting Atlanta. 

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturday 8am), I speak with community advocate Sherri Jefferson, founder of the African American Juvenile Justice Project. Amid the pandemic, a judge in Fayette County has sentenced a 76-year-old African American woman to 499 days in jail for a DUI that did not involve any people being harmed.

The week on The Local Take, we acknowledge October as Anti-Bully Awareness Month with Ms. Georgia Junior Teen, 2020, Courtney Smith. Smith's platform is focused on creating a respectful environment in school. Even though students are in virtual school this year, she explains that bullying is still a challenge. She recently addressed the Atlanta Public School Board about the challenges that many students face. Smith shares that 1 in 5 students report being bullied in school. She emphasizes that when students or people see someone being bullied, they should say something.

Selma actor Wendell Pierce is gearing up to play "The King of the Blues" B.B. King for an upcoming biopic.

The versatile star of television and film revealed the big news via social media this week stating: "We are official. Preparation has begun on a film where I will be honored to play the great, BB King. Humbled."  Pierce would later tweet, "I promised BB King before he died, I will honor him and his creative genius. An American Icon."

Music is the Universal language and these five talented twenty-something musicians from Budapest who call themselves The Peet Project are proof. Galaxies is the second single from their full length project Ups And Downs (Beagle Beat Records). It's the perfect follow up to Let's Do This, the first single. Galaxies is perfect for a Fall drive, a soundtrack for work, or if you just want to hear some feel-good music.

A hard-bop stalwart. An avant-garde original. A ceiling-shattering bandleader. A bebop-obsessive broadcaster. These are some brief descriptors for the incoming class of NEA Jazz Masters, announced this morning by the National Endowment for the Arts.

TV One's edgy docu-series UNCENSORED, which explores the private lives of some of today's most notable personalities, continues with UNCENSORED: Black Girl Magic, the first of five new bonus episodes this Sunday, October 25 at 10 P.M. ET/9C followed by an encore presentation at 11 P.M. ET/10C. 



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Gregory Porter: All Rise

Pre-eminent Jazz Vocalist(and friend of WCLK) Gregory Porter has a new record out, his sixth studio release, called All Rise (Blue Note). As you might guess, Porter heads down the gospel road a number of songs. Also, after his Nat King Cole & Me album in 2017 he decided he would continue to use an orchestra. Porter writes all the songs, which touch on themes large and personal. If you listen to Jazz 91.9 WCLK I don't really have to let you know anything more than he's got a new record out...

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The Local Take COVID19 Stories - Julia Davis and #BeProactive Early Voting Initiative

Saturday morning at eight on WCLK's The Local Take I speak with Julia Davis, a Spelman College and Southern California Film School graduate home during the Pandemic. Many of us had goals of cleaning closets, planting gardens, or making sourdough bread during the pandemic downtime, but Ms. Davis beat us all by starting a non-profit organization to provide rides to the polls during the early voting weeks.

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