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UPFRONT remembers John Singleton with AAFCA's Gil Robertson + Tony Award Nominees (AUDIO)

Mark Angel
John Singleton and Damson Idris talking to UPFRONT's Ray Cornelius at the 2017 Essence Festival

Today's UPFRONT is dedicated to the life and legacy of iconic filmmaker John Singleton who passed away this week. His friend and colleague Gil Robertson from the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) is here to chat about his career, memorable moments and much more.

I'll also be playing music from jazz icon Stanley Clarke, who appeared on the soundtracks of Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice and Higher Learning

Award-winning director, actor and CAU Theater Professor Eric J. Little is here to chat about this week's Tony Award nominations. A good number of African Americans shows picked up nods including Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations and Choir Boy. In additon, Ain't Too Proud's Jeremy Pope and Dominique Morriseau also make history with their nominations. 

UPFRONT airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. 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.