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#UPFRONT featuring the creatives behind the Yin Yang Cafe documentary, 'Spring & 3RD'

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Check out this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside the Entertainment Industry. It features the creative team behind the new musical documentary Spring & 3RD. The 90-minute film follows the birth and evolution of Atlanta's Black arts movement of the early 1990s.

The Yin Yang Music Cafe, located in the heart of the city at Spring and 3rd streets, provided a safe space for burgeoning talent to display their artistry. It also served as a spring board for musical mitfits who would later emerge as superstars of the iconic "Underground Soul Music" scene of the late 90s/early 2000s.

Many of these artists include India.Arie, Khari Cabral Simmons, Anthony David, Joi, Donnie, David Banner, Bone Crusher, and Dr. Fahamu Pecou.

Spring & 3RD director Malik Salaam and executive producers Tommy Bottoms, Kemi Bennings and Derreck "Abyss" Graham recall this special time in our city's history and much more. 

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ELEVATE Atlanta Arts Festival presents a FREE screening of Spring & 3RD on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at the Westside Cultural Arts Center. The evening also features a live performance from Yin Yang Music Cafe stars The Chronicle.

CLICK HERE for more information and to reserve your tickets. 

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.