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#UPFRONT featuring Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Yaddiya and 'Sherman's Showcase' Cast

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Check out this weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features my conversations with veteran actors Lynn Whitfield and Keith David of OWN's Greenleaf, Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin from Sherman's Showcase and hip hop artist and activist Yaddiya from TV One's original documentary The Beat Don't Stop

The fifth and final season of OWN's megachurch drama Greenleaf is premiering this coming Tuesday, June 23 at 9 p.m. and yours truly got a chance to chat with series stars---Lynn Whitfield and Keith David. The two were part of a AAFCA's Virtual Roundtable Series and talked to me about their characters---Bishop and Lady Mae Greenleaf---and what they enjoyed the most about playing them and more. Click here to watch the official trailer. 

The hilarious sketch comedy/variety series Sherman's Showcase is back and premiered on AMC/IFC for a  "Black History Month Spectacular" this weekend. The show is inspired by such iconic programs like Soul Train and Solid Gold and features the uberly talented Diallo Riddle, Bashir Salahuddin and their speical invited guests. I also caught up with them during AAFCA's Virtual Roundtable Series where we talked about their writers room, how much of the show is "scripted versus improv" and much more. 

Closing out the show is my "Black Music Month Spotlight" on TV One's original Go-go documentary The Beat Don't Stop. It airs tomorrow night, (June 21) at 8 p.m. and features the trailblazers, legends and stars who have championed the Go-go sound throughout the decades. It also examines Go-go's role in social movements like #BlackLivesMatter, #DontMuteDC and #Moechella, which was created by my last guest---Yaddiya. The rising hip hop star and activist opens up about Go-go's influence on his career and his activism surrounding DC's changing cultural landscape. 

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.