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ATL Stars and Kids attend ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water’ Screening [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of covering a special screening of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” this afternoon. The preview took place at the Regal Atlantic Station and was attended by a few Atlanta celebrities and their children. The festivities included a screening and photo opportunities with the film’s star, SpongeBob SquarePants.

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In the animated movie, SpongeBob SquarePants, goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate. The film includes the colorful voices of Slash, Clancy Brown, Antonio Banderas and many more. Pop music group, N.E.R.D, also released two fun new tracks this week contributing to the film soundtrack, Patrick Star and Sandy Squirrel.

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Atlanta celebrities in attendance included “Braxton Family Values” star Towanda Braxton and her kids and Atlanta radio personality, Ramonda DeBreaux and her daughter. Actress and philanthropist, Keshia Knight-Pulliam was also there with some of the youth from her Kamp Kizzy Foundation.

Check out more photos below and the movie trailer:

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 Keshia Knight-Pulliam with SpongeBob SquarePants

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Kamp Kizzy with SpongeBob SquarePants

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Rolling Out’s Yvette Caslin with Little Miss Paris and guest

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RC taking a selfie with SpongeBob SquarePants

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RayCornelius.com photographer, Megan Alodie taking a picture with SpongeBob SquarePants

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“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” opens nationwide in theaters on February 6!

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Bobby Kristina found ‘unresponsive’ but is now hospitalized and ‘alive’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

On Saturday morning, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter, Bobby Kristina (Brown), was found unresponsive and face down in a bath tub of her Roswell, GA home around 10:23 am. The actress and budding singer was discovered by her husband, Nick Gordon, and an unidentified friend.

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 Entrance to the community where Bobby Kristina Brown and Nick Gordan live in Roswell, GA

According to Roswell PIO Officer, Lisa Holland, Gordon found his wife in the tub and started performing CPR on her, while the unidentified friend called 911. Officers arrived within minutes and took over the life saving measures until ambulances arrived and transported her to North Fulton Hospital.

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 Roswell Public Information Officer, Lisa Holland talking to Atlanta press about the latest update

Holland confirmed that Brown is still alive but couldn’t say if she is breathing on her own or with assistance. Detectives are also conducting an investigation at the home to see if this was an accident or self-initiated or from an overdose.  Holland also confirmed that no prescription medication has been found on the scene at this time. It is also not known how long Brown was in the bathtub before she was discovered. This is the second time this month that Roswell police have been called out the couple’s residence. On January 23, police received a phone call that there was a fight at the home. However, when officers arrived around 8 p.m. no one was there nor was there any commotion as had been reported.

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 Holland confirming Bobby Kristina is ‘alive’ and hospitalized

The irony in today’s situation is that Brown’s mother was discovered in the same manner on February 11, 2012. As previously reported, Houston was getting ready to attend a Pre-Grammy party when her stylists and bodyguards found her face underwater in the tub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room.  Houston’s bodyguards attempted to perform CPR before calling hotel security. Paramedics arrived at the hotel at 3:30 p.m. and found the singer unresponsive. Sadly, Houston was pronounced dead at 4 p.m.PST.

RC will keep you posted as this story continues to develop.

Photo Credits: CelebnMusic247.com and RayCornelius.com

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Claudia Jordan & Cynthia Bailey attend ‘Match Made in Heaven’ ATL Premiere [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Thursday night, WEtv hosted a screening in Atlanta of their new series “Match Made in Heaven,” starring millionaire bachelor Shawn Bullard. A number of press, VIPs and WEtv talent gathered at TWELVE Hotel Atlantic Station to shake hands with television’s first African-American “Bachelor” and get a glimpse of the show that chronicles Shawn’s quest to find true love.

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Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by the premiere episode screening and a Q&A moderated by RHOA star Claudia Jordan. During the lively discussion, Bullard revealed one of the reason’s he decided to participate in the show.

“I wanted to show America that there are still black men in the world that are educated and successful.  Yes, I played football but you will rarely hear me say it because I made my success and money from being my own self-made CEO. I just want to let American know that we aren’t all ratchet. We are successful and educated. I really wanted to show that in a major way,” said Bullard.

Claudia and Shawn

Attendees included Cynthia Bailey (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”/BRAVO), Maggie Bullard (“Match Made in Heaven”/WE tv), LeLee Lyons (“SWV Reunited”/WE tv), Ben and Jewell Tankard (“Thicker Than Water”/Bravo), Priyanka Banks (“Sorority Girls”/VH1), April McRae (“Sorority Girls”/VH1), Palmer Williams (“Love Thy Neighbor”/OWN), Judge Glenda HatchettNicci GilbertMaja Sly (“WE tv Talent), Beautii Joseph (“WE tv Talent), Lou and Mushiya Tshikuka (“WE tv Talent), LaKenya Morris (“Cutting It”/WE tv), Dedra Allen (“WE tv Talent),  Stacii Jae (“From the Bottom Up”/CENTRIC), Yvonne Capehart (“Sex Box”/WE tv), Stevie Baggs, Jr (athlete/actor), Melissa Knowles (HLN) and many more!  The evening ended on a sweet note with branded white chocolate-covered Oreos for all.

Check out more photos below and the trailer to the show:

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 Shawn Bullard and Mama Maggie Bullard/Dr. Yvonne Capehart

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 Ray Cornelius with Stacii Jae and Marcylis Cunningham

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Photo Credits: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com

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Vivica A. Fox, Richard Roundtree, Redd Foxx to be featured on ‘UNSUNG: Hollywood’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

TV One’s popular series “UNSUNG: Hollywood” is back for a second season. The hugely popular docu-series returns next month for another round of behind-the-scenes stories on some of tinsel town’s biggest stars, shows and movies. Beginning February 11, TV One will air six new episodes with spotlights on the cast of “A Different World,” acclaimed actors Vivica A. Fox and Richard Roundtree, comics Red Foxx and Sheryl Underwood and John Singleton’s cult classic, “Baby Boy.”  Check out the schedule below:

Wednesday, February 11, 8PM/ET – Cast of “A Different World”

“A Different World” changed the image of African Americans on television by painting a picture of youth educated at a historically black university. As hard-hitting topics were more frequently covered, internal battles with the network ensued, resulting in the show’s unceremonious cancellation. Cast and crew come together to discuss the creation of the show, share behind-the-scenes stories of paramount episodes, and  reflect on the legacy of a show that still resonates today.

Wednesday, February 18, 8PM/ET – Vivica A. Fox

With films grossing over one billion dollars, Vivica A. Fox is a multi-hyphenate, mega-star who has shared the screen with several of Hollywood’s A-list actors throughout her career. Fox first turned heads in daytime soaps before going on to co-star in mega-hit films such as “Independence Day,” “Soul Food” and “Kill Bill.” Over the years, Fox was in constant demand for a wide range of roles and ultimately went on to produce several films and theatrical productions and is a current member of “The Celebrity Apprentice” cast.

Wednesday, February 25, 8PM/ET – Redd Foxx

Escaping to Harlem in the late 1930’s, Redd Foxx worked the ‘chitlin’ circuit as a singer. Over the next twenty years he recorded numerous off-color albums as a comedian, which became staples in black households. In the early-70s Foxx became the star of “Sanford and Son” which brought Foxx wealth and fame. After a decade-long free-fall, he made a comeback as the star of the popular sitcom “The Royal Family,” and sadly, died of a heart attack during rehearsal in 1991.

Wednesday, March 4, 8PM/ET – Sheryl Underwood

Sheryl Underwood has entertained as a fast-talking, sexually hardcore yet God-fearing comedian. Underwood endured domestic violence, sexual abuse and the suicide of her husband – which triggered a depression that threatened to end her career.  Along the way, her act broadened and matured, and in 2011, Sheryl joined the hit show “The Talk” gaining the respect and mainstream adoration she long desired.

Wednesday, March 11, 8PM/ET – Richard Roundtree

Richard Roundtree’s role as John Shaft was the beginning of a worldwide journey of recognition; however, he would spend much of his career trying to escape being typecast as the iconic detective. He fought hard to prove he was more than a one-trick phenom with critically acclaimed performances on the big and small screen alike. Roundtree also experienced personal struggles including a devastating divorce and a battle with breast cancer. Ultimately, Roundtree’s legacy and influence grew and continue to be celebrated.

Wednesday, March 18, 8 PM/ET – Baby Boy

“Baby Boy” made stars of leads, Tyrese Gibson and Taraji P. Henson, in a story that follows a young man living in South Central facing the dangerous rite of passage into manhood that is falsely defined by getting a rep or a record. This episode takes a look back at the film that launched the careers of most of its cast, including Ving Rhames, and lives on with cult classic status to this day.

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FIRST LOOK at Kimberly Elise & Loretta Devine in ‘Back to School Mom’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last July, we reported that Kimberly Elise was starring in a new film titled “Back to School Mom” alongside Loretta Devine and Garcel Beauvais. Well now it appears that Lifetime has released the film’s first promotional photos.

Elise stars as Mary Thomas, a 41-year old woman who goes back to college to finish her last year of school. While there, she becomes good friends with a classmate, Noah Riley (Denzel Whitaker) who turns out to be the son she gave up 20 years earlier.

The film also stars Harry Lennix and Rick Fox. Grammy winning jazz musician Robert Glasper has been tapped along with Derrick Hodge to compose music for the film’s soundtrack.

Check out photos below:

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Back To School Mom

Back To School Mom

Back To School Mom

Back To School Mom

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Gladys Knight to headline BET’s “Super Bowl Gospel Celebration” Special (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET Networks announced this week that it will air a one-hour special from the “The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015.  Co-hosted by actress Holly Robinson Peete and retired NFL quarterback Rodney Peete, the gospel musical special will premiere on BET at 10:00 a.m. and on Centric at 2:00 p.m.  The 16th annual concert event has become a Super Bowl weekend favorite and has taken place in the host city of the Super Bowl football championship game since its launching in 1999.

Grammy-winning legend Gladys Knight leads an all-star line-up including a special appearance by David and Tamela Mann, plus Tichina Arnold, Anthony Hamilton, Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Israel Houghton, Natalie Grant, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin, DeWayne Woods along with current and former NFL athletes Deion Sanders and Ray Lewis, Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Rashad Jennings (New York Giants), and Devon Still (Cincinnati Bengals).  The acclaimed NFL Players Choir, which features current and retired players, will also perform at the celebration.

Rounding out the 3-hour block of gospel programming on BET is a new episode of “Bobby Jones Gospel” with guests Byron Cage, Y’anna Crawley, Charles King and William McDowell at 9:00 a.m. ET* and “Lift Every Voice” hosted by Derek “Fonzworth Bentley” Watkins with guests Stephen Bishop and Aaron Spears, the men of “Being Mary Jane” immediately following at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Check out the preview of “Lift Every Voice” featuring Stephen Bishop below:

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ATL Stars attend ‘Being Mary Jane Experience’ feat. Stacy Barthe [PHOTOS ]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

BET presented “Mirrors & Music: The Being Mary Jane Experience” last night at the Suite Lounge in downtown Atlanta. The invitation only soiree featured an advanced screening of the season 2 episode and an acoustic set by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and the voice of “Being Mary Jane,” Stacy Barthe.

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Before the screening, guests were treated to cocktails and light hors d’oeurves and played “Being Mary Jane” trivia with the evening’s host, V-103 Morning Show radio personality, Wanda Smith.  Attendees were also able to get their pictures taken at the “Being Mary Jane” photo booth.

Being Wanda

Atlanta notables spotted in the crowd were “Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta” star Erica Dixon; “Dish Nation” personality, Gary With Tha Tea; filmmaker, Princess Monique; PR mavens, Lillie Mae and April Love; celebrity event planner, Jahmal King; actors, Olrick “OJ” Johnson and Jasmine Burke; reality star, Sabrina Rowe; and playwright,Chiquita Lockley.
Check out additional photos below including the stars and other Atlanta influencers:

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RC with Maggie Nou

 Season 2 of #BeingMaryJane airs Tuesday, February 3 at 10 p.m. on BET

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WATCH Kandi Burruss & Tameka Raymond clear the air about their beef over Usher

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

On tonight’s episode of “Kandi Koated Nights,” RHOA’s Kandy Burruss sits down with celebrity stylist turned reality star, Tameka Raymond, to address the “internet” beef they had over Usher. Trust me folks, this is an episode you don’t want to miss. Check out some of the interview below as Kandi tries to explain what actually happened.

Kandi:  I was on the show with Andy, Watch What Happens Live one year and he said… They wanted me to say that I had a celebrity crush. So I was like, “I don’t have a celebrity crush,” but they were like, “Ok, just say somebody.” But I wanted to say somebody who was Black and successful.

Tameka: Um, ok.

Kandi:  Which at the time was Usher.

Tameka:  Oh!

Kandi:  Y’all were not together anymore.

Tameka:  It doesn’t matter.

View the rest of the conversation below:

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“Kandi Koated Nights” airs every Wednesday Night at 10:00 p.m. EST

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REVOLT’s Kenny Burns hosts L.A. Screening of ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tuesday night  Kenny Burns served as the host with the most for 20th Century Fox’s VIP Advance Screening of “Kingsman: The Secret Service” with Revolt TV at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

Burns on stage

Guests enjoyed the complimentary Ciroc bar before taking in this action packed film that stars Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Caine.  Notables in attendance included Diddy’s son, Quincy, influencer Allen Onyia and Alesha Renee.

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Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class), “Kingsman: The Secret Service” tells a story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Check out the photos of Kenny Burns, guests and key notables below:

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Don’t forget that “Kingsman: The Secret Service” hits theaters nationwide on February 13th.

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Mali Music, Chaka Khan, and Michelle Williams Biblical Musical ‘Revival’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Versatile actor Harry Lennix is teaming up with some of entertainment’s biggest names for a musical film of biblical proportion!  The project is titled, “Revival!” and it’s being described as a mixed media virtual experience of the gospel according to John the Apostle. It is also a hybrid of every film idiom including Broadway musical, Hollywood musical, animation, green screen technology, and sound stage.

“Revival!” features an all-star cast including Chaka Khan, Michelle Williams,Wendy Raquel Robinson, Dawwn Lewis, Brely Evans, T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Siedah GarrettObba Babatundé, and Bishop Williams Murphy III. Rounding out the star power is Lennix as Pontius Pilate and introducing Mali Music as Jesus Christ.

The script is written by Lennix along with Holly Carter and co-directed by Babatundé and Danny Green. Steve Harris and Keymáh both serve as executive producers.

“This project brings moments of the Bible alive in a way that is awe inspiring, entertaining and maybe even life changing. It offers an incredible biblical and musical experience for audiences yearning for more inspirational storytelling,” says Carter.

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think:

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Russell Taylor releases his third album, ‘War of Hearts’ (VIDEO) #WINNING

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations to my friend and indie R&B-Soul singer-songwriter, Russell Taylor. He releases his long-awaited, highly anticipated third album TODAY titled, “War of Hearts.”  Russell‘s (aka Rt!) “War of Hearts”, includes collaborations with Grammy award winning producer Needlz (Lil’ Wayne, Bruno Mars, Swizz Beats), Tim Kvanosky of Tiny Hearts and Salakida Kali. It also features the hit singles, “War of Hearts,” “Hope” and “Blueprint.”

In early 2014, Russell Taylor became the first to win the coveted “You Oughta Know” distinction after beating over four hundred competitors in VH1’s first ever crowd-sourced contest on Artists.VH1.com, VH1’s music discovery site and join the ranks of famous “You Oughta Know” alumni including Adele, Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Lorde’, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons and many more.

inside photo“I am extremely excited that the time has finally come for the album to be released into the world.  It has been a very long time coming, but I am glad the time is now”, mentions Russell.  The roll-out campaign for the album included Russell Taylor having the title-track, “War of Hearts” be placed on several national television shows that include; “Degrassi High,” ABC’s “The Fosters,” VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” and many more.

In November, 2014, Russell Taylor kicked off his #SOULJERSERIES Tour in New York City at the infamous Cutting Room.  The tour has made stops in Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami and Washington DC.  Additional tour dates to be announced.

Check out the “War of Hearts” video below:

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Click here to purchase your copy of Russell Taylor’s “War of Hearts”

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Fashion Maven June Ambrose teams up with MACY’s for ‘The Style of the Soul Era’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Celebrity Stylist and Costume Designer, June Ambrose is teaming up with Macy’s for this year’s Black History Month Event, ‘The Style of the Soul Era.” The panel discussion takes place on Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Macy’s Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta and features a lively discussion about the impact the 70’s had on style and fashion.

“Diana Ross–there was no woman more emblematic of ’70s disco era than her. She was unapologetic for being extravagant and glamorous. She had connections with major designers and put them all to use on stage during her multiple wardrobe changes,” says Ambrose.

Joining Ambrose is noted Costume Designer Johnetta Boone and Academic Program Director for the Art Institute of Atlanta, Dr. Courtney Hammonds. The free event is once again hosted by CBS News Anchor Tracye Hutchins. Following the conversation is the Fashion Advance Designer Competition, a special reception, Arnika Dawkins Gallery of Art and more fashion!

Oh but wait, there’s more!  Ambrose is also offering the opportunity for one lucky person to win a trip for 2 to New York City, the style capital of the world, for a Macy’s shopping spree and makeover. Click here to enter! Entries are good through Feb. 28th!

See you on February 6th!

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FIRST LOOK at Episode 4 of ‘EMPIRE’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

As “Empire” continues to grow in popularity, so does the drama!  Here is a sneak peek of this week’s explosive new episode titled, “False Imposition.”  From the looks of things, Andre (Trai Byers) is trying to win his father’s favor by lying for him, Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray) is heating things up with his “Sugar Mama” Camilla (Naomi Campbell), Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) takes the lead in managing Empire’s newest pop star Tiana Brown (Serayah) and Lucious (Terrence Howard) is trying to get his client back from Bill Beretti (Judd Nelson).  Take a look at the clip below and don’t forget to watch “Empire” Wednesday, January 28 at 9 p.m. EST.

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Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo sign up for new ‘Hurricane Katrina’ Drama

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

As the old saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

ESSENCE is reporting that “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and her film’s leading man, David Oyelowo are teaming up again for a new a love story and a murder mystery centered on Hurricane Katrina.

This would be the third time these two have worked together since “Middle of Nowhere” and “Selma.” According to IW, DuVernay will write, produce, and direct the film while Oyelowo would star in it and serve as one of the film’s producers. He’s currently in negotiations.

“I’m thrilled to reunite with my Participant family on this project and fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo,” says DuVernay to The Hollywood Reporter. “The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

Stay tuned…

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