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#UPFRONT w/Monique Greenwood, DeVaughn Nixon, Miss Robbie & Lil Charles (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out today’s holiday edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. My special guests included Monique Greenwood, star of OWN’s new docu series CHECKED INN. The Bed and Breakfast guru was in the studio to chat about her journey and why this series is unlike anything you’ve seen before on television.

Restaurateurs and stars of OWN’s award-winning docu series, Welcome to Sweetie Pies, Miss Robbie and Lil Charles also stopped by the studio to chat about tonight’s season premiere and much more.

#UPFRONT also recognizes the 25th Anniversary of the classic movie, The Bodyguard by talking exclusively to former child star DeVaughn Nixon.  The 30-something year old actor is all grown up now and recalls his time on set with Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner. He also talked about his newest TV project, Marvel’s Runways, which debuted this week.  We also played music from The Bodyguard throughout the show along with tributes to iconic entertainers—Earle Hyman and Della Reese, who recently passed away.

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OWN hosts ATL Lunch for new series ‘CHECKED INN’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s new series, “CHECKED INN,” hosted a special Atlanta lunch this week and RC/UPFRONT was in the mix. The event took place at the historic Wimbish House on Peachtree Street and was attended by members of the press and more.

As previously reported, “CHECKED INN” follows former ESSENCE Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Monique Greenwood, as she builds her Bed and Breakfast empire with her husband Glenn. The show is set at her plush Akwaaba Mansion at Noble Lane in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, (the former Woolworth Estate) where couples go to push back the world, re-ignite passion and celebrate life’s most exciting events. Things may not always go smoothly, but Monique—with her daughter Glynn under her wing—and the hard-working staff, make sure their guests have an experience they’ll never forget. The show will feature a number of celebrity guests over the course of the season including Grammy winning singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson, black hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer.

Greenwood and co-star Chef Shawn Osbey took part in a lively question and answer session where they talked about the show, the importance of generation wealth and why they decided to do a reality series. Greenwood also opened up about the big difference between a “Bed & Breakfast” and an “Airbnb.”

“The problem with Airbnb’s is that they co-opted our name. It’s called ‘Airbnb’ but you’re lucky to have a bed and there is no breakfast!  (LOL) So they’ve co-opted the name and created consumer confusion in the marketplace to the extent that most people who never knew what a Bed and Breakfast was before now thinks that it’s an Airbnb and it’s nothing like that. There is no one standing there with a warm smile asking you, ‘How was your trip? Let’s get you a drink.’ That’s what we do,” said Greenwood.

Other notables in attendance included “Sister Circle” co-host Kiana Dancie and TV personality Torrei Hart.

Check out more photos below and click here to watch the first episode. Also don’t forget to tune into my 11/25 #UPFRONT show, where I’ll talk exclusively with Greenwood about her journey and much more.

Chef Shawn Osbey provided us with Southern charm and hospitality

Torrei Hart 

Howard University Alumnae Karma Jonez + Monique Greenwood 

Chef Shawn Osbey + Kiana Dancie 

Chef Shawn Osbey + Monique Greenwood 

“CHECKED INN” premieres on Tuesday, November 21 at 10 p.m. and

on its regularly scheduled night beginning Saturday, November 25 at 10 p.m.

THANKS OWN!

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Watch a Sneak Peek of OWN’s New Docu-Series ‘Checked Inn’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Our good friends from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) have released an exclusive sneak peek of their brand new docu-series “Checked Inn” featuring former ESSENCE Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Monique Greenwood. The one-hour program premieres on Tuesday, November 21 at 10 p.m. and will air regularly on Saturday nights at 10 p.m.

As previously reported, “Checked Inn” follows Greenwood as she builds her Bed and Breakfast empire with her husband Glenn. The show is set at her plush Akwaaba Mansion at Noble Lane in the Poconos, Pennsylvania, (the former Woolworth Estate) where couples go to push back the world, re-ignite passion and celebrate life’s most exciting events. Things may not always go smoothly, but Monique—with her daughter Glynn under her wing—and the hard-working staff, make sure their guests have an experience they’ll never forget.

Celebrity guests include two-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter Peabo Bryson, black hair care entrepreneur Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter and Pastor John Gray and his wife Aventer.

Take a look below and tell us what you think…

Photo Credit: OWN