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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Today's UPFRONT is going to be lit! It features Project Runway All-Star and Atlanta based fashion designer Edmond Newton. He stopped by the studios this week to discuss appearing on Season 6 of the show and his plans to release a book based on his experience. 

American Idol stars Julian and Milo Sposato were in town and stopped by to chat about appearing on the new season of the show.  The twins are also releasing a new album and share some of that music with us. The project is mixture of their musical loves --- Jazz, Pop, Soul and Rock. 

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HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary series Being Serena. It premieres on May 2 and features five spell-binding episodes. The project chronicles tennis icon Serena Williams at pivotal moments in her personal and professional life.

 

Alliance Theatre Mellon Playwright in Residence Pearl Cleage offers two one-act plays separated by 30 years but connected by the presence of Jenny Anderson. Jenny's longing to understand her mother in Hospice has become the center of her life in Pointing at the Moon. As the world changes around her, Jenny must decide what she knows for sure and find a way to pass it on. Hospice was first performed in 1983 and was honored with five AUDELCO awards for achievement Off Broadway.

Congratulations goes to Alyssa Feller, Jonathan Giles, Michael Hartney, John Mahone, Cameron Smith, Natasha Vaynblat and Bryan Yang! They have been chosen to be the new class of NBC’s annual Late Night Writer’s Workshop.  It's the industry’s only initiative dedicated to discovering and developing late night and sketch comedy writers of diverse backgrounds. Chosen from 1,000 applicants, the new class will participate in an intensive six-day program this month that will ready them to be staff writers on late night and sketch comedy shows.

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Get your praise on during today's UPFRONT! It features interviews with Pastor John Gray and First Lady Aventer Gray of OWN's hit docu-series The Book of John Gray. I attended a press dinner this week where I got a chance to chat with them about their show's new season and more. 

NBC Senior Vice President of Programming Talent Development & Inclusion Karen Horne chats with UPFRONT about her role at the network and their initiatives to help aspiring female writers and directors and more. 

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