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#UPFRONT featuring Dui Jarrod, Nathan Hale Williams & RICE Awards' C. Chandon Carter

filmmakers Dui Jarrod and Nathan Hale Williams

This week's UPFRONT was all about #BlackBoyJoy. It features my conversations with filmmakers Dui Jarrod, Nathan Hale Williams plus RICE Awards creator C. Chandon Carter. The show also features music from Jazzmeia Horn, Kamasi Washington and Henry Conerway III. 

Dui Jarrod talked to UPFRONT about his acclaimed webseries Brooklyn.Blue.Sky. as well as his newest project King Ester, which follows a transgendered woman trying to escape New Orleans prior to Hurricane Katrina. He is also in Atlanta today conducting a workshop---Creating a Dope Web Series ---at the BronzeLens Film Festival. It takes place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency downtown.

The RICE Awards will take place on Saturday September 28 at 4 p.m. and creator C. Chandon Carter talked to UPFRONT about the show, nominees and more. The RICE Awards recognizes Georgia citizens who tirelessly and diligently work behind the scenes building the lives of those in their community.  Yours truly, Ray Cornelius and UPFRONT, has been nominated for "Outstanding in Media." Click hereto see all of the nominees. 

Writer, entertainment attorney and filmmaker Nathan Hale Williams talked to UPFRONT about his newest project---Burden. It features CAU alumnus Nic Few and chronicles a day in the life of a black man in America and the racial injustice he faces within in a 24-hour period. Williams is screening his film today at the BronzeLens Film Festival and is being presented on behalf of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). 

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta's Jazz Station 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.