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#UPFRONT talks to The Elite Firm LA + Alvin Ailey's Michael Jackson + Xernona Clayton

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Check out this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features attorneys Merissa Grayson and Demetria Graves of the Elite Firm. It is the first-female led full service law and crisis management firm with a unique focus on African-American entertainers, professional athletes and high profile influencers. The ladies open up about the misuse of social media and weigh in on such hot topics as the #MeToo Movement and Equal Pay in Hollywood. 

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre is coming to the Fabulous Fox next month and principal dancer Michael Jackson gives us a preview of what fans can expect. He also talks about appearing on this season's official Ailey poster and much more. 

UPFRONT teamed up with CAU-TV this past weekend for the 26th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards. Yours truly was on the red carpet and got a chance to chat with this year's honorees and Trumpet Awards creator Ms. Xernona Clayton. You'll also hear music from Grammy nominees - Cecile McLorin Salvant, Raul Midon and Christian McBride. 

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.