This week's edition of UPFRONT Inside the Entertainment Industry is all about #BlackExcellence. It features three African-American men at the top of their game in television, opera, and theater. 

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), we're helping to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. Frank Fernandez, the new CEO and President, is joining us to talk about the celebration, including a gift to Atlanta. From Thursday, November 4th - Sunday, November 7th general admission for you and your family to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum will be on the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. 

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturday 8am) we welcome back New York Times Bestselling Author Gary Golio to speak about his new book Sonny Rollins Plays the Bridge. Golio has covered many artists with colorful picture books that can be enjoyed by children and adults. Often he is researching iconic artists in our past such as Jimi Hendrix and Billie Holiday. His research for this story included a number of interviews with Sonny Rollins. I ask Golio if this made a difference in his approach to the story.

Check out the new official trailer for "King Richard" starring Will Smith and featuring a new song by Beyoncé titled "Be Alive."

Kehinde Wiley

From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in February 2018, the museum’s official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public.

Spivey Hall presents "The Badass & The Beautiful" featuring Lisa Fischer along with painist Taylor Eigsti on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. 

Grammy Award-winning Lisa Fischer (“How Can I Ease the Pain”/So Intense) toured with Luther Vandross, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones, and is featured in the Oscar-winning documentary film, 20 Feet from Stardom. Commanding astounding vocal artistry, she takes center stage with pianist Taylor Eigsti. 

Five new original holiday movies will premiere on ION and Bounce beginning Sunday, Nov. 21. In total, the Scripps Networks will combine to air over 200 hours of holiday movies and programming. Last year, ION ranked No. 1 among all networks airing original holiday programming. *

The new original Scripps Networks holiday movies for 2021:

BOUNCE 

“Who is Christmas Eve?” - Premieres 8 p.m., Nov. 21

Grammy winning jazz diva DIANA KRALL returns to Atlanta's Symphony Hall on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 8 p.m. and tickets go on sale TOMORROW (Friday, October 22) at 10 a.m. 

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered two GRAMMY® Awards, ten Juno® Awards and have earned nine Gold, three Platinum, and seven multi-Platinum albums.

Lifetime has greenlit three new original thrillers for 2022 including Single Black Female starring Raven Goodwin (The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel) and Amber Riley (Glee) with a special appearance from K.

Check out this past weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside the Entertainment Industry. It featured "Halloween Kills" star and Atlanta native Omar J. Dorsey and "Diamonds Are Forever" starlet Trina Parks. 

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