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'UPFRONT' talks to Jude Demorest, DeEtta West, CAU Players & more

Ray Cornelius with actress DeEtta West

Don’t forget to tune in today at 9 a.m. for another edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week’s guests include CAU Drama Professor Jonathan Kitts and student actors Derrick Robertson and Sky Pugh, who are both starring in “Yellowman.” The Pulitzer Prize nominated play was written by Dael Orlandersmith and tackles the sensitive issues of colorism and stereotypes within the African-American community.

“UPFRONT” also talks exclusively to rising actress Jude Demorest. She is featured in Lee Daniels' upcoming Fox drama, “STAR” and opens up about working alongside the award winning producer and director as well as her favorite girl group.

“UPFRONT” correspondent, RivaBlue, chats with Grammy nominated jazz pianist Christian Sands about his Atlanta engagement at Clayton State’s Spivey Hall and his upcoming music project.

My last guest is DeEtta West, star of UP TV’s holiday family drama, “Merry Christmas, Baby.” The veteran actress and singer discusses her role in the film as well as her appearance on the now iconic “Rocky” soundtrack. She also talks candidly about her brother, the late Tony Award winning-actor Cleavon Little.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry is presented by Atlanta’s jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

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.