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#UPFRONT featuring Stanley Nelson Jr., Dr. Nsenga Burton and Marcus Roberts

Check out the November 18 edition of "UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry." My special guests included award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr., who stopped by to chat about his new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Documentary, "Tell Them We Are Rising." The project puts a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their relevance to American society and culture. The film will debut during Black History Month on February 19, 2018. 

Clark Atlanta University Mass Media Arts Chair---Dr. Nsenga Burton---stopped by to discuss her new "Hip Hop Cinema" course beginning Spring 2018 for Juniors and Seniors. The class will examine over 12 different films that influenced rap music and culture including "Do The Right Thing," "Brown Sugar," "Juice" and "Boyz in the Hood."

Closing out the show is piano genius Marcus Roberts. He is teaming up with Tavis Smiley for the new theatrical production, "Death of A King." Roberts is composing original music for the show and talked about that process. He also opens up about his new album, Trio Crescent, which is a homage to John Coltrane's classic album, Crescent

"UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry" is a 30-minutes arts and entertainment program that features one-on-one interviews with all of the movers and shakers in television, music, film, theater and fashion.  UPFRONT airs every Saturday at 9:00  a.m. on WCLK 91.9 and is hosted by Ray Cornelius. 

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.