Apollo Theater

Saturday morning at eight on WCLK's The Local Take, I talk with The Hammonds House Museum's most recent Executive Director, Leatrice Ellzy Wright, as she prepares to join the famed Apollo Theatre. Wright has been on the Atlanta cultural scene since she began working with the National Black Arts Festival as a curator and producer. Her knowledge and innovation changed the historic Hammonds House Museum in West End after just a few months.

This live performance recorded for Concord Jazz at  Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre is the perfect setting to commemorate the 100th Birthday of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. It's an All Star cast hosted by David Allan Grier and features: Patti Austin, Ledisi, The Count Basie Orchestra, Lizz Wright and so many more.

Today's UPFRONT is all about #BlackBoyJoy. It features my conversations with Troy Powell, artistic director of Ailey II, Ronald Williams from The Collective Culture and media sensation Patrick L. Riley. 

The stars will align this coming Tuesday, October 22 at the Atlanta Symphony Hall for the stage adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me. 

It will feature Greenleaf actress Lynn Whitfield and Queen Sugar star Omar J. Dorsey as well as T.I., Killer Mike, Ledisi, Pauletta Washington and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. 


Check out today's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features Don't Let Go star and award-winning actor David Oyelowo, plus executive producer of the Apollo Theater Kamilah Forbes and finally CAU alumnus and rising actor Johnell Young.