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UPFRONT talks to the creatives behind 'High on the Hog,' 'Summer of Soul' and more (AUDIO)

Check out this week's new edition of UPFRONT Inside the Entertainment Industry. It features my conversation with Canadian hip hop star OG Compass plus excerpts from recent AAFCA Roundtable Discussions with Stephen Satterfield, Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback from the Netflix series High On the Hog and iconic hip hop star QuestLove from the documentary, Summer of Soul

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wsEdxt1Ico">High On the Hog is based on the Jessica B. Harris book of the same name and examines how African American cuisine transformed America. The multi-episode series takes viewers on an emotional journey from the shores of West Africa to streets of New York City, all while putting a spotlight on the men and women behind some of our most beloved meals. I caught up with the series narrator Stephen Satterfield and executive producers Karis Jagger and Fabienne Toback during a recent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiNFWmFJ04Q">AAFCA Roundtable Discussion to chat about the film and more. 


This week’s music spotlight is on Toronto born rapper OG Compass. The rising hip-hop artist is taking his career to new heights with his new EP and talked to UPFRONT about the music, writing for industry giants Beyonce and Kanye West and his jazz roots. 


Closing out the show is hip hop titan QuestLove. The award winning musician, journalist, now director is here to chat about his new film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-siC9cugqA">Summer of Soul. In 1969, some of music’s biggest names came together for the Harlem Cultural Festival. The historic event was filmed over a series of six weekends and included such show stopping performances by Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, BB King, David Ruffin, The Fifth Dimension, The Staple Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight and the Pips. However, the footage never televised until now. QuestLove opens up during a recent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deUTBoH26n0">AAFCA Roundtableabout unearthing this forgotten musical moment and how revelant it is today. 




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.