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#UPFRONT featuring the cast of 'Open' + Eric J. Little + Courtney Brooks (AUDIO)

Ray Cornelius with 'Open' actress Essence Atkins

Check out this weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry! It features interviews with actor turn director Eric J. Little, artist and curator Courtney Brooks plus the cast from BET's new film, Open

Actor's Express presents Tarrell Alvin McCraney's drama The Brothers Size now through April 11. TV and stage actor Eric J. Little is directing the show that features an eclectic mix of West African mythology, hip hop, soul and more.  Little also opens about the show's message of brotherhood and wanting to belong. 

Atlanta-based artist Courtney Brooks is making history this month as the first Curator in Residence for the city's uberly popular Atlanta Beltline. Her exhibition, Journey of a Black Girl debuts this weekend on the newly opened Southside trail and features an array of murals, photos, and multimedia installations. She also opens up about the exhibition's message of empowerment for black girls and women around the world. 

UPFRONT also catches up with the cast of BET's new movie, Open. The Cas Sigers-Beedle film explores the subject of open marriages and what happens to a couple when lines are crossed and the relationship is changed forever. Open actors Essence Atkins, Keith Robinson, Jasmine Guy and Nicey Woods all talk about their characters and the much needed discussion about polyamorous relationships in the black community. Open premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on BET and BETHER. 

This week's show is sponsored by the Actor's Express production of The Brother Size.

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.