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 was on fiyah! It featured my one-on-one interviews with Broadway actress Terry Burrell, iconic film actor Omar Epps and the Official Soul Sisters - Keisha Jackson, Heather Hayes and Dr. Yamma Brown. 

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Just in case you missed it, here is this week's editon of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry.

It features my one-on-one interviews with the cast of TNTs Claws, World of Dance judge and Grammy-winning performer Ne-Yo, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Emil Thomas, artistic director of Marietta's New Theatre in the Square. Thomas discusses his current production of August Wilson's Fences.

I also played some great music from Sade, Ne-Yo, Incognito and Kathleen Bertrand. 

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Check out photos from Day One of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.  The free music extravaganza is one of the country’s most recognized festivals and featured amazing performances by Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves along with Yoko Miwa Trio, Tia Fuller Quartet and the Ingrid Jensen Collective.

 

Rising jazz icon Jazzmeia Horn graced the Contemporary Jazz Stage along with Thumbscrew, Anat Cohen Quartet and the incomparable Terri Lyne Carrington & Social Science.

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A brand new season of TV One’s UNSUNG began last Sunday, May 20 at 9 p.m. with a profile on 80s R&B music group Mtume. Best known for their massive hit “Juicy,” the group would go on to release other classics such as “You, He and Me” and “Breathless.” Hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. would later sample “Juicy” in his hit single of the same name and introduce them to a new generation of fans.

TV One has announced that it’s new docu-series We’re the Campbells is set to debut on June 19 at 8 p.m. EST.

The nine-episode program will give viewers an intimate glimpse into the lives of Gospel entertainment power couple Warryn and Erica Campbell, as they tackle the everyday struggles that come with balancing family and work, nurturing their marriage, building their individual careers, and fostering their faith; all while raising their three children Warryn, Zaya and teenager Krista.

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