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#UPFRONT talks 'Celebrity Grief' with Dr. Cindy Trimm + Ailey's Robert Battle (AUDIO)

This weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry is all about acceptance, growth, reconciliation, faith and following your passions and dreams. It features one-on-one interviews with best-selling author and thought leader Dr. Cindy Trimm and part two of my intimate conversation with artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater---Mr. Robert Battle.

Is it normal to grieve over the death of a celebrity? Well, Dr. Cindy Trimm is here to chat about that and society's infatuation with famous people. She also offers tips from her new book Goodbye, Yesterday on how to accept loss and why we're constantly in a state of grief. She also gives inspirational words for those who haven't gotten over the sudden death of a loved one and how to find the "good in bad situation." This is a must for those who are grieving the recent death of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

My last segment is part two of my conversation with Ailey's Robert Battle. The artistic director opens up about one of the company's newest works---https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlOXNH-vZ6s">Greenwood---and his future plans for this new decade. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Fabulous Fox Theatre February 20-23. Click here for ticketsand information. 

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.