Ray Cornelius

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012.  Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider  and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.

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This week on #UPFRONT! I got a chance to chat with New York Times bestselling author, renowned spiritual success coach and Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin about his new book, The Hollywood Commandments. He also opens up about his upcoming animated film, "The Star," which opens in theaters later on this month.

Congratulations goes out to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The Grammy-winning singer, actress and activist has been added to the live-action version of Disney’s “The Lion King.” The announcement was made this week with Bey’s image posted amongst all of the other film stars.

 

Beyoncé has been in serious talks with Disney about the role since this past spring and it’s now official! She joins a star-studded cast including Donald Glover as Simba along with James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar and Alfre Woodard as Sarabi.

 

Join Judge Penny's SisterTalk Women's Leadership & Empowerment Conference for an evening of R&B and Soul music on Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m. The evening will feature live performances from legendary vocalist---Eddie Levert---along with award winning soul music crooner Eric Benet, the iconic Tempations Review and The SOS Band. 

Swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy found fame with their remarkable arrival on the music scene in the swing revival of the 1990s. Co-founded by singer Scotty Morris and drummer Kurt Sodergren, the band blends a vibrant fusion of the classic American sounds of jazz, swing, and Dixieland. 

The Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Clark Atlanta University presents Freelance Casting Director with Tyler Perry Studios Rhavynn Drummer on Thursday, November 2 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Drummer will teach attendees auditioning techniques for TV, Film and Theatre.  Information is available at WCLK.com  

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