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Oprah Winfrey to make first appearance at ESSENCE FEST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

ESSENCE announced earlier today that the reigning queen of television, Oprah Winfrey, will make her very first appearance at this year’s Festival on Saturday, July 2 at 4 p.m. EST at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Winfrey will be a part of an amazing speakers panel that includes Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland and Tyra Banks.

“Oprah’s message of inspiration is universal and, through her life’s work, she has influenced women and girls across the globe,” said ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Vanessa De Luca. “We are delighted that Iyanla Vanzant graciously invited Oprah to the ESSENCE Festival as a special gift for the fans, so we are welcoming our passionate community to join us for an absolutely extraordinary experience not to be missed.”

As previously reported, this year’s ESSENCE Festival will feature headliners Mariah Carey, Maxwell, and Kendrick Lamar along with Andra Day, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Estelle, Common, Charlie Wilson, Ciara, Tyrese and New Edition. Closing out the Festival will be a Prince Tribute along with Puff Daddy and the Family featuring Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and more.

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New Edition, Ice Cube, Tyra Banks and more to receive Hollywood Stars in 2017

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to New Edition, Tyra Banks, Ice Cube, Clarence Avant, Lee Daniels and John Legend.  They’re just a few of the entertainers who will be receiving stars on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame in 2017.

The Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced all of the honorees on Tuesday just before honoring gospel legend Pastor Shirley Caesar with her own star.

These honorees were chosen from among hundreds of nominations to the committee at a meeting held in June and ratified by the Hollywood Chamber’s Board of Directors. Television Producer and Walk of Famer Vin Di Bona, Chair of the Walk of Fame Selection Committee for 2016-2017, announced the new honorees alongside Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

“As a Walk of Famer myself, I know these honorees will look back at the day of their ceremony and remember it with fond memories shared with family and friends, and of course, the fans. We look forward to their big day as the Walk of Fame Class of 2017 become part of Hollywood history on this famous Walk,” stated Di Bona.

Check out the full roster and watch the announcement below:

In the category of MOTION PICTURES:
Amy Adams, Jason Bateman, Goldie Hawn, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pratt, Brett Ratner, Ryan Reynolds, George A. Romero, Mark Ruffalo and Rita Wilson

In the category of TELEVISION:
Tyra Banks, Andre Braugher, Ken Corday, Lee Daniels, Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria, Wolfgang Puck, Keri Russell, Haim Saban, George Segal, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor

In the category of RECORDING:
Clarence Avant, Jerry Goldsmith (posthumous), Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC, New Edition and Selena Quintanilla (posthumous)

In the category of RADIO:
Elvis Duran

In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE:
Criss Angel, Jeff Dunham and Gustavo Dudamel

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COMING TO THE STAGE: ‘da Kink in My Hair (VIDEO)

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Fans of the Africa Channel’s hit TV series, “‘da Kink In My Hair,” are in for a real treat. The original musical, from which the TV show was derived, is coming to Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre July 15-August 28.

From long-running international sell-outs to a TV show, “‘da Kink in My Hair” by Trey Anthony is a musical sensation of love, hope, survival and redemption through eight women’s trials and celebrations.  Winner of 4 NAACP Theatre Awards and named Critics Choice by the London Evening Standard, “‘da Kink in My Hair” will move, inspire and delight.

“If you want to know a black woman, you touch her hair,” says Novelette, as she delves into the tresses and stresses of her clients to reveal their hidden stories. On this day in the salon of their West Indian stylist, hurried women converge to have their hair done for dates, jobs and upkeep.   But they come away with not just a new hairdo, but a lifted soul and a lightened heart.  This amazing musical tells their incredible, uncensored, unforgettable tales through songs and dance with a vibrant drum beat.

“‘da Kink in My Hair” will be re-imagined for Horizon audiences by Horizon Associate Artist, director Thomas W. Jones II, and revered musical director S. Renee Clark teaming up again after past Horizon hits like “Three Sistahs,” “Right On” and “Uprising.” Terry Burrell, last seen as the star of the Alliance Theatre’s acclaimed show “Ethel,” will lead the cast of talented women through this moving musical night.

Click here for performance times and check out a video below that was made a few years back when the show was transitioning from the stage to the small screen.

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Malik Yoba and Roger M. Bobb host ATL Screening of ‘Bad Dad Rehab’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars of TV One’s upcoming film, “Bad Dad Rehab” hosted a special advanced screening of the movie Wednesday night at the Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, GA. Malik Yoba and Rich Homie Quan were in attendance along with the film’s director Roger M. Bobb.

Winner of the 2015 American Black Film Festival Screenplay Competition sponsored by TV One, “Bad Dad Rehab” (originally titled “Deadbeat Dad Rehab”) is about four men who are in denial of their poor parenting skills. After turbulence with their respective baby mamas and ex-wives force them to take definitive action, Shawn, Tristan, Jared and Pierre attend a rehab for deadbeat dads that uses unusual methods to help them become true fathers. Through all the hilarity, hijinks, drama and soul-searching, the men discover fatherhood is less about making babies, and more about making men. It also features Wesley Johnathan, Robert Ri’Chard, Rick Gomez, Robert RileyKandi Burruss and David Banner.

Other celebrity notables in attendance included actress, singer and reality star Demetria McKinney, actress Chrystee Pharris, “R&B Diva” star Brave Williams and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving. 

Check out photos and a trailer below: 

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The screening took place at Midtown Art Cinema

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Malik Yoba with actress Chrystee Pharris and “R&B Diva” star Brave Williams

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Dr. J and guests

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Rich Homie Quan and guest

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Roger M. Bobb with Demetria McKinney

“Bad Dad Rehab” premieres this Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m. EST

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Leslie Jones: ‘No Designers Want to Help Me with a Premiere Dress’ (VIDEO)

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Say It Ain’t So!

SNL actress and comedienne Leslie Jones claims that she is having the hardest time finding something to wear to the upcoming premiere of her new film, “Ghostbusters.”

According to Jones, no designers are willing to make a dress for her.  The 6′ 0″ star tweeted about her dilemma Tuesday morning stating: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with premier dress for movie. hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

Immediately after she tweeted, Jones received a reply from “Project Runway” winner and noted fashion designer Christian Siriano, who replied with “waving hand” emojis. Jones immediately followed up with a sassy, “YAAAAAASSSSSS.”

Check out ET’s full story below about Leslie’s fashion woes and tell us your thoughts…

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Marc Lamont Hill to host new Late Night Talk Show ‘VH1 Live!’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congrats to media personality Marc Lamont Hill. He is the host of a new VH1 show, “VH1 Live.” The late night series debuts July 17 at 10 p.m. EST.

According to THR, “VH1 Live” will feature Hill’s “raw, street savvy” approach to pop culture, entertainment and gossip. The show’s audience and social media will also play a vital role in the conversation. Hill will also have exclusive access to all of VH1’s superstars and behind-the-scenes buzz on the network’s top rated shows.

Lamont is the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show “Our World With Black Enterprise” and the inaugural host of “Huff Post Live.” He has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Hill is currently a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College.

“VH1 Live” is being produced by Embassy Row, producers of Andy Cohen‘s “Watch What Happens Live!”

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Jessie T. Usher goes shirtless for Interview Magazine [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Take a look at Jessie T. Usher‘s new photos for Interview Magazine. The star of “Independence Day: Resurgence” goes shirtless for the black and white photo shoot and talks candidly about filming the highly anticipated sequel which opened in theaters last weekend. He also dishes about his popular STARZ series “Survivor’s Remorse” and how fans always assume he’s a stellar player like his television character, ‘Cam Calloway.’

“I get challenged to basketball games. If I’m walking into a basketball gym, everybody wants me on their team,” he says, laughingly. “I’m very honest, I tell people I am not a good basketball player,” he continues. “I didn’t play basketball growing up. I did martial arts, soccer, I’m an avid swimmer.”

Click here to read the entire story and check out more images below: img-jessie-usher_120203601133

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WIN Tickets to #FORDATL – The Art of the Drive (CONTEST)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Hey RC Fans! #FORDATL and RayCornelius.com are giving away tickets to the hottest event of the Summer – The Art of the Drive – Saturday, July 9 from 8p.m. to 12a.m. at a secret location.

This year’s event will feature music, food, drinks, celebrities and a chance to get up close and personal with Ford’s latest and newest vehicles including the Ford Fusion. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet Ford experts and learn more about the brand’s newest technology like Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

All you have to do and tell me in 300 words or less how you have gone further in your career and/or community endeavors. Submit it to me in an email to Ray@RayCornelius.com and your name will be placed in a drawing for a pair of tickets to #FORDATL – The Art of the Drive.

Submissions will be accepting beginning today (June 28) through Friday, July 1. You must be 21 years or older to enter and winners will be announced on Saturday, July 2.  Five winners will be chosen so GOOD LUCK ATL.

Thank you for supporting RayCornelius.com and see you on July 9th!

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Chi-Town Diva Lynne Jordan brings her ‘Nina Simone Tribute’ to the ATL (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The “CHI” is coming to the “ATL” this Friday, July 1st as acclaimed vocalist Lynne Jordan brings her “Nina Simone Tribute” to Midtown’s City Winery at Ponce City Market.  Jordan along with her 12 piece band, The Shivers will take Simone fans through her classic songbook and perform such hits as “I Put A Spell On You,” “Mississippi Goddam” and “Ne Me Quitte Pas.”

“I’m celebrating the diversity of Nina’s repertoire, says Jordan. “For so long, I was told to nail my music to a genre and like her, I never did. To me, she represents the indie spirit, individuality and inclusiveness.”

Jordan is a staple in Chicago’s jazz and blues circuit and has performed at a number of the cities clubs, swanky lounges and charity events.  She also had a fan in the late movie critic Roger Ebert and he often referred to her as his “favorite diva.”  Jordan has also taken her live act to Europe as well as South America.

Check her out below performing “Be My Husband” at Chicago’s City Winery.

Click here to purchase tickets and see you there!

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ (VIDEO)

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Netflix has released a second trailer for its new coming-of-age series, “The Get Down.” As previously reported, the 70’s inspired show was created by Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan and is being described as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco.” It also features the heartbeat of the city at that time including the Bronx tenements, the SoHo art scene, CBGB, Studio 54 and the newly-built World Trade Center.

The Get Down features Justice Smith as “Ezekiel,” Shameik Moore as “Shaolin Fantastic,” Skylan Brooks as “Ra Ra,” Tremaine Brown, Jr. as “Boo Boo,” Herizen Guardiola as “Mylene Cruz,” Yahya Abdul-Mateen as “Cadillac,” Mamoudou Athie as “Grandmaster Flash,” along with veteran stars Jimmy Smits as “Francisco Cruz aka Papa Fuerte” and Giancarlo Esposito as “Pastor Ramon Cruz.” Recurring roles will be played by Jaden Smith as “Marcus ‘Dizzee’ Kipling,” Yolonda Ross as “Ms. Green,” Zabryna Guevara as “Mrs. Cruz,” and Sal Redino as “Stanley Kelly.” The 13 one-hour episodes begin August 12.

https://youtu.be/k58P5735VTs

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TAKE A LOOK ~ Fantasia ‘Sleeping with the One I Love’ (VIDEO)

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Check out the new video to Fantasia‘s latest single, “Sleeping with the One I Love.” The six-minute “movie” premiered last night during the BET Awards and centers around four women (Rox, Pauletta, Brenda and Fantasia) with four unique stories of love, lust and crimes of passion.  According to the Grammy winning singer, their four distinct worlds will “collide” in the video that she says will give her fans some “soul with a lil bit of Broadway.” It was also directed by celebrity photographer and rising filmmaker Derek Blanks. Tell us what you think…

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NEW MUSIC MONDAY: Robert Glasper: ‘Maiysha ft. Erykah Badu’ (VIDEO)

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Grammy winning-performers Erykah Badu and Robert Glasper have teamed up for a remake of the Miles Davis classic, “Maiysha (So Long).” The extended version of song’s video features Badu as one of her numerous characters—Sarah Bellum. Check it out below and tell us what you think. “Maiysha (So Long)” comes from Glasper’s current album, Everything Is Beautiful.

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WATCH Jesse Williams moving BET Awards Acceptance Speech (VIDEO)

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“Just because we’re magic doesn’t mean were not real…”

Congratulations to Jesse Williams! He picked up BET’s coveted Humanitarian Award during last night’s award show. The “Grey’s Anatomy” star was recognized for being an outspoken advocate of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and his very public stance against other social injustices. Check out his amazing acceptance speech that brought everyone to their feet and still has people talking this morning.

https://youtu.be/alLTDT5JdAw

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New Poster for ‘When the Bough Breaks’ starring Morris Chestnut & Regina Hall (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out the new poster for the upcoming thriller, “When the Bough Breaks” starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall. The trailer aired last night during the BET Awards.

As previously reported, the film is a slight take on the 1992 thriller, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and features the two actors as a couple who uses a surrogate to have a child. Little do they know, there is more to the fertile beauty than meets the eye. “When the Bough Breaks” also stars Theo Rossi and newcomer Jaz Sinclair. and debuts nationwide in theaters on September 9.

Tell us what you think…

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