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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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RC attends ‘Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s’ ATL Preview Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast of OWN’s hit reality series Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s hosted a private premiere party Friday night in North Atlanta.  Tim Norman, Chloe Cook, Charles “Lil Charles” Crenshaw, Danielle Champion and Bruce George all came out to Taboo 2 Bistro & Bar to celebrate the new season debut which airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST.

DSC_0311Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s follows the loud, loving and often singing Montgomery family as they work to expand their empire, one soulful dish at at time. In this new season, Miss Robbie and Tim are taking their soul food dynasty to the stars and fanfare of L.A. where they are opening their fifth restaurant, which is located in the North Hollywood.


In addition to the new restaurant, Tim has to also relocated his all-star team–Charles, Danielle, Bruce and Chloe— across the country to help bring Sweetie Pie’s signature style and flavor to this big-time city, but not everyone plays nice. The group may help keep things spicy with their antics and but will they be able to stand the L.A. heat?

Check out more pics below from the red carpet as well as sneak peek of this season. In the clip, Miss Robbie stops in on Tim and the crew to see if the new North Hollywood or “NoHo” location is up to her standards. If it’s not, some heads are gonna role because Miss Robbie don’t play!


Tim Norman taking a selfie with


Sweetie Pie’s fans Mother Hattie Maye, Dr. T. Pullum and Shun Johnson


Danielle Champion


Tim Norman with Cutting It In the ATL‘s Patricia Thompson


Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Deb Antney


Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s debuts TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST on OWN

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