Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the November 18 edition of “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” My special guests included award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr., who stopped by to chat about his new Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising.” The project puts a spotlight on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and their relevance to American society and culture. The film will debut during Black History Month on February 19, 2018.

Clark Atlanta University Mass Media Arts Chair—Dr. Nsenga Burton—stopped by to discuss her new “Hip Hop Cinema” course beginning Spring 2018 for Juniors and Seniors. The class will examine over 12 different films that influenced rap music and culture including “Do The Right Thing,” “Brown Sugar,” “Juice” and “Boyz in the Hood.”

Closing out the show is piano genius Marcus Roberts. He is teaming up with Tavis Smiley for the new theatrical production, “Death of A King.” Roberts is composing original music for the show and talked about that process. He also opens up about his new album, Trio Crescent, which is a homage to John Coltrane’s classic album, Crescent.


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