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Congrats to award-winning director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay! She is expanding her TV and film empire through a new first-look deal with Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Films. The partnership was announced earlier this week and will include new grounds for her in television and digital media.

 

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Check out this morning's edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry.

This week's show featured "Saints & Sinners" actress Lisa Arrindell. She stopped by the studios to chat about her sinister character on the Bounce TV show and her appearance in the film adaptation of the book, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." The original movie starring Oprah Winfrey airs this month (April 22) on HBO. 

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This week's edition of #UPFRONT was simply divine!  It featured "Greenleaf" actress and Stellar Award nominee Deborah Joy Winans. The rising superstar stopped by the studio to talk about the second season of the popular OWN series as well as singing on the series' soundtrack and starring in the musical, "Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story."

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Don’t forget to join me Saturday, February 4 at 9 a.m. for another exciting edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week I'll be talking to legendary casting director Robi Reed about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7) and her work with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation through her Reed for Hope Foundation.