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#UPFRONT feat. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Will Packer, Dr. Nicole LaBeach + Ronda Penrice

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Check out this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features Emmy Award winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sonia Lowman and Greg Scruggs from the Peacock documentary Black Boys, Will Packer and Dr. Nicole LaBeach from OWN's Put A Ring On It and AAFCA member Ronda Penrice is here for our Hollywood Roundup

Emmy-winning actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II discusses his new Netflix movie The Trial of the Chicago 7, where he plays Black Panther Party co-founder Bobbi Seal. He also reveals what he personally learned from this experience and his first reaction to seeing himself on the big screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYIYaUZvZks">CLICK HERE to watch the full AAFCA Roundtable Discussion. 

Director Sonia Lowman and former NFL player Greg Scruggs are here to chat about their Peacock TV documentary Black Boys. The film illuminates the full spectrum of the Black male humanity in America through, an intimate, intergenerational conversation at the intersection of sports, education and criminal justice. Lowman and Scruggs discuss their efforts to get the film into elementary schools where self-image and self-esteem are often defined. 

Film and TV mogul Will Packer is back with a brand new dating series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network titled Put a Ring On It. The one-hour unscripted program follows four long-time Atlanta couples who are at a crossroads in their relationships and are pushed outside their comfort zones---by dating other people. Master relationship coach Dr. Nicole LaBeach is there to assist during this ultimate relationship test. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OcumA547zM">CLICK HERE to watch the first full episode. Put a Ring On It airs Friday evening following Ready to Love

Closing out the show is my Hollywood Roundup with AAFCA member and author Ronda Penrice. We're discussing African American women executives in the TV and film industry including Channing Dungey, Chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group; Alano Mayo, President of Orion Pictures; Michelle Sneed, President of Tyler Perry Studios;  Nicole Brown, President of Tri-Star Pictures and many more.

CLICK HERE to read the recent ESSENCE story featuring them and many others. 

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.