#UPFRONT featuring Tyler Perry, Amirah Vann, Angie Thomas, Jamila Gray, Tinashae Kajese-Bolden, Brandon Burditt and Camille R. Love
Check out this recent "star-filled" edition of UPFRONT/Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry.
We’re catching up with famed director, producer and writer Tyler Perry and award-winning actress Amirah Vann to dish about their highly anticipated Netflix drama, A Jazzman’s Blues. The film follows a tale of forbidden love between 'Bayou' and 'Leanne' and the family drama that unravels 40 years of secrets and lies in the deep south. It features original music arranged and produced by Grammy nominee Terence Blanchard and choreography by dance legend---Debbie Allen.
Best-Selling Author Angie Thomas and actress Jamila Gray are here to discuss their new Paramount+ film On the Come Up. Bri, is a 16-year-old gifted rapper, who attempts to take the rap music scene by storm in order to lift up her family and do right by her father’s hip hop legacy. But when her first hit song goes viral for all the wrong reasons, she finds herself torn between the authenticity that got her this far and the false persona that the industry wants to impose upon her. The film is based on the New York Times’ #1 best-selling novel by Thomas and is directed by beloved actress Sanaa Lathan.
We’ll stop by the Alliance Theatre to chat with director Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and actor Brandon Burditt about their show Everybody. The production is inspired by the 15th Century play Everyman and explores the meaning of life and the roles we play along the way.
And finally, we’ll continue our discussion about the Elevate ATL Arts Festival with Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The FREE public arts festival is in full swing NOW through October 9 and features an array of musical and dance performances, photography exhibitions, art installation and more.