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UPFRONT talks to Cocoa Brown, Dionne Farris & GSU's Rialto Center

Ray Cornelius with Dionne

Don’t forget to check out Saturday’s edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. This week I’ll be talking to actress and comedienne Cocoa Brown. She dishes about starring in the OWN's hit series "For Better or Worse" as well as her non-profit organization "Wigs of Love" and more.

Leslie Gordon, Executive Director of the Rialto Center for the Arts at GA State stops by with Georgia State Professor of Music and Coordinator of Jazz Studies, Gordon Vernick. Both chat about this year's new season including their upcoming performances featuring Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano, The Jazz Masters with Ramsey Lewis, Dianne Reeves and Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Dionne Farris is in the UPFRONT studios to discuss her new Prince inspired album, "Revelation." We also chat about the 20th Anniversary of the movie "Love Jones" and her classic song "Hopeless" which appeared on the movie soundtrack. She also shares an encounter she had with Diana Ross that changed her life.

“UPFRONT” takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment scene including TV, film, theater, music and more. Each Saturday, the show features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and the behind-the-scenes influencers that make Atlanta, the new Hollywood South.

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“UPFRONT” airs at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.