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.

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. 

Oscar nominated actress and Grammy winning singer Mary J. Blige is hitting the big screen again but this time as the sassy siren “Irene Adler” in the new animated film Sherlock Gnomes. The film also features the voices of Chiwetel Ejiofor and Emily Blunt and opens in theaters this weekend.

 

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case of their missing friends and family.  

 

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Check out a new behind-the-scenes video of BET’s upcoming legal drama In Contempt. It premieres on April 10 and stars former Survivor’s Remorse actress Erica Ash and Saints and Sinners actor Christian Keyes.

 

In Contempt follows Gwen Sullivan (Ash), an opinionated New York City attorney whose passion for her job and clients make her arguably the most talented public defender in her district. It also features veteran actor Richard Lawson and Empire‘s Tobias Truvillion.

 

What do Kanye West, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross have in common?  All three of them are featured in Constance C.R. White‘s new book, How To Slay: Inspiration from the Queens & Kings of Black Style.

The former ESSENCE editor, noted author and fashion/beauty/style expert has released a new coffee table book paying homage to the gods and goddess of Black fashion who have influenced runways from Brooklyn to Barcelona.

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