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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Don’t forget to check out this morning’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. In this week’s show, we go on the set of TV One’s new original movie, “Downsized” starring Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. The two actors play a young couple who were forced into a modern “shotgun” wedding after becoming teenaged parents while putting their personal goals on hold in order to support their family. Amazingly, they manage to overcome the odds and establish a seemingly ideal life for themselves.

Congratulations goes to acclaimed Actor, Playwright and Director, Ruben Santiago-Hudson! The star of BET’s “The Quad” picked up a Tony Award nomination for Wilson‘s classic, “JITNEY.” The show also earned nominations for Best Revival of a Play and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for John Douglas Thompson.

 

Check out the Saturday,  May 6 edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry.  This edition features playwright Kendrell Bowman, who talks about his new musical, “An Evening with Phyllis Hyman." Atlanta Journal Constitution Video Journalist, Ryon Horne discusses his Pulitzer Prize nominated project, "Doctors & Sex Abuse." Celebrity Life Coach Jennifer Lester stops by the studios to discuss her new book, 14 Ways to Find Your Amazing; and, we finish the second part of our interview with "Greenleaf" actor GregAlan Williams.

This week’s edition of #UPFRONT is a very special one. I will be talking to the cast of Netflix’s “Dear White People,” which premiered on Friday (April 28).

 

 

The new series follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. My featured guests include creator, writer and executive producer Justin Simien, Atlanta’s own Logan Browning, Marque Richardson and John Patrick Amedori.

 

The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), in association with Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue Research Library will commemorate the cinematic legacy of Prince with a screening of his iconic film, “Purple Rain,” on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. EST.

The event will include the screening followed by a panel discussion that showcases his career in movies. During his lifetime, the iconic entertainer, starred in four films: “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Sign of the Times,” “Graffiti Bridge,” and the highly-lauded “Purple Rain.”

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