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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Check out a few photos from the New Orleans premiere of FX’s new drama “Snowfall.” The screening took place at the Theaters at Canal Place.

 

  The project’s co-creator John Singleton was attendance along with R&S singer, songwriter and actor Tank, film actor Dennis White and “Basketball Wives L.A.” star Angel Love. Singleton was also joined by New Orleans radio personalities Wild Wayne and Angel Saunders of Q93.

 

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Check out photos from the recent New Orleans premiere of “Girls Trip.” The advanced screening took place at the luxurious Theaters at Canal Place on historic Canal Street.

 

The films four stars—Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish—looked absolutely amazing on the red carpet along with their co-stars Larenz Tate and Kofi Soriboe. The film’s director Malcolm D. Lee and producer Will Packer were also in attendance.

 

 

 

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Don't forget to tune into today's special edition of "UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry." This week's show is part one of our exclusive coverage of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans. We got an opportunity to be a part of the Festival's Radio Row and chatted with stars from the hit series, "Orange Is The New Black" - Selenis Leyva, Adrienne Moore and Dascha Polanco.

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Oscar nominee and everyone’s favorite Barbie Doll—Ava DuVernay—helped to present the “WOKE Women Awards” duiring the recent ESSENCE Festival in New Orleand, LA. The 11 a.m. ceremony took place on the Empowerment Stage before a packed room of DuVernay’s family, friends and fans. The accomplished writer, director and “Queen Sugar” creator helped to recognize fellow activist Patrice Cullors, one of the three co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement. During the ceremony DuVernay described what the pop culture term #WOKE has really meant to her.

 

 

Check out my exclusive interview with Grammy winning music legend---Miss Patti LaBelle! #UPFRONT caught up with the in demand singer to chat about her first jazz album, Bel Hommage.  She also talks about her song selection process and why she waited so long to release this project. Miss Patti also opens up about her new book, Desserts LaBelle Soulful Sweets to Sing About and tells a heart touching story about her Redemptive Red Velvet Cake. 

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