Andre Harrell Was The Perfect Conduit

May 23, 2020
Andre Harrell, December 2019 (Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs)

I recently penned a tribute to the late Andre Harrell for Soultracks, the biggest website devoted to Soul Music. You can read it here. If you are a fan of old school legends like Heavy D & The Boyz, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Teddy Riley & Guy, Al B. Sure!, Mary J. Blige, Eddie F., Dave Hall, Jodeci, Father M.C., you probably heard them thanks to Harrell.

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Join us on this Sunday for a special tribute to the late John “Jay” Edwards, host of Jazz Tones. Beginning at 2 pm, Debb Moore will kick off our tribute to Jay on The Sunday Jazz Suite with reflections from his fellow WCLK on air personalities and colleagues. Then at 3pm, Jamal Ahmad will host Jazz Tones, playing the music that Jay loved. You’ll hear from artists, members of the Jazz community, and you the listeners as we read some of your comments left here at


Check out this weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features The Lovebirds star Issa Rae, singing sisters Arin and Alexis Jones from MAGIC JONES and Broadway stars Saycon Sengbloh, Quentin Earl Darrington and LaMar Baylor.

The Local Take: Voting in a Pandemic

May 23, 2020

This week on The Local Take I speak with Helen Butler, Executive Director of the Georgia Coalition for the Peoples' Agenda. I was referred to Helen by the League of Women Voters. I reached out to them after encountering long lines on the first day of early voting for the rescheduled June 9 Party Primaries and nonpartisan/special elections. I ask her every question I can think of about voting June 9.  

The Atlanta Jazz Festival continues to deliver a-list music through its AJFSessions TONIGHT with the trio Gritz and Jelly Butter at 9 P.M. The beat goes on Saturday evening at 9 p.m. with saxophonist Avery Dixon and singing siren Kathleen Bertrand performs on Sunday at 9 p.m. The program is is part of AJF's 31 Days of Jazz Series

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is in development with Lionsgate on a spin-off of the network’s critically-acclaimed hit megachurch drama “Greenleaf” from award-winning creator and executive producer Craig Wright. The network revealed the development news with a spin-off teaser spot.

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TV One celebrates Black Music Month with the debut of its original documentary, THE BEAT DON'T STOP, airing on Sunday, June 21 at 8 P.M. ET/7C, followed by an encore presentation at 10 P.M. ET/9C. The long-awaited documentary was a year in the making and highlights the history and legacy of Go-go music. It features trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the sound throughout the decades.

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the OWN Spotlight special presentation  of Dark Girls 2,  will premiere on Tuesday June 30 at 10 p.m. EST. (immediately following the network’s hit drama Greenleaf). The powerful documentary is a follow up to the highly-touted “Dark Girls,” and explores the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world. `The film is directed, written and executive produced by D. Channsin Berry (Dark Girls, The Black Line) and his production company Urban Winter Entertainment, Inc.

Check out the most recent edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features my conversations with Fix My Life star Iyanla Vanzant, WCLK's Jamal Ahmad and Keisha Jackson remember Betty Wright, Andre Harrell and Little Richard and Atlanta theater leaders Jamil Jude and Thomas W. Jones are here as part of my The Show Must Go On: Entertainment and COVID-19 series. 

Caught In A Groove is the debut single from Nils and the title track from his new full length release on Baja/TSR Records.  It’s a funky number that features Nils literally caught in a groove as depicted in the video. It’s Jazz, Blues and just the kind of song you can’t get enough of. It was a one listen for me and I knew the listeners of Jazz 91.9 WCLK needed to get caught in this groove.


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