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#UPFRONT featuring Shaquita Smith, Larry Rhem and Salli Richardson-Whitfield (AUDIO + VIDEO)


Check out this weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features television and stage actress Shaquita Smith, veteran TV, film and stage diva Salli Richardson-Whitfield and Atlanta-based actor and CAU Alumnus Larry Rhem. 

BET HER is presenting a new intiative this month titled "HER Stories" and will put a spotlight on dramas starring, written and directed by Black women. One of them is Baby Blue and features my first guest Shaquita Smith. The 20-minute film project follows the story of a first-time mother, who after giving birth to her son, spirals from mild post-partum depression into sever postpartum psychosis. Smith opens up about the role, working with director Kim Fields plus her upcoming film, Broken Scales

Veteran movie actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield opens up during a recent AAFCA Virtual Roundtable about her newest role as a television director. The iconic beauty from such films as Antwone Fisher, I AM Legend, A Low Down Dirty Shame and Posse has become an in-demand director for such TV dramas as Queen Sugar, Black-ish, Dear White People, and Black Lightning. She also talks about her desire to star in and direct a film about her idol---Lena Horne. Watch the full AAFCA conversation with her below: 

My last segment features stage and television actor and CAU Alumnus Larry Rhem. He is here to chat about his BET original thriller---Friend Request---which airs TONIGHT at 8 p.m. The movie stars Tosin Morohunfola as Malik, a successful attorney who accepts an unexpected friend request from an old flame that could ruin his marriage and life as he knows it. Rhem also discusses dating on social media and staying creative through the Corona pandemic. 

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta's Jazz Station  - 91.9 WCLK and online at WCLK.com. 

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.