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.

Grammy-winning Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is paying tribute to his music idol—Nat King Cole—in a new project titled, Nat King Cole & Me. The album will be released October 27, 2017 and features such classic Cole tunes as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy” and “L-O-V-E.”

 

Check out today's edition of #UPFRONT! This week, I talked exclusively to gospel singer-songwriter Paula Champion about being trapped in a Houston hotel during Hurricane Harvey. The Atlanta-based vocalist opens up about her life changing experience and what she’s planning to do for some of the families affected. 

Check out the new trailer for Dee Rees‘ epic story “Mudbound” starring “Straight Outta Compton” actor Jason Mitchell and Grammy winning superstar Mary J. Blige.

 

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#UPFRONT had the pleasure of attending and covering the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Thursday evening. The VIP event took place at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall (Woodruff Art Center) and featured an all-star salute to music icon and Grammy-winning singer, song-writer, actress, author and philanthropist—Patti LaBelle.

 

Check out the official trailer for TV One’s new original drama, “BOBBI KRISTINA.” It airs on Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. EST.

 

According to the press release, the film aims to restore what has been lost amidst the tabloid headlines: the real Bobbi Kristina Brown, a.k.a “Krissy” – The vibrant, talented and troubled only daughter of pop music royalty Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, who died too young, and whose memory has been overshadowed by the circumstances of her death.

 

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