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Watch Official Trailer for ‘Styling Hollywood’ (VIDEO)

Check out the official trailer for Netflix’s new show Styling Hollywood featuring power couple Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis.

The unscripted series follows the in-demand celebrity stylist and his interior designer husband as they run their lifestyle company JSN STUDIO while balancing marriage and life’s ups and downs. With their talented crew of colorful employees, watch as they curate “Black Girl Magic” for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Eve, and Ava DuVernay (featured in the above photo).

Styling Hollywood is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America.  Carlos King, David George and Jordana Hochman serve as executive producers with Angela Rae Berg serving as executive producer and showrunner.

Styling Hollywood: Season 1 launches globally on Netflix August 30, 2019.

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Happy New Year from RayCornelius.com

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Happy Sunday Everyone and Welcome to 2019!

I was a little apprehensive about posting this but felt that I needed to bring all of my readers and supporters up to speed about my website and what’s been happening. I know I haven’t been as consistent with posting stories and updating the site but it’s all been for a good reason.

RayCornelius.com is growing by leaps and bounds. This tiny little brand that I started in 2012 will be celebrating seven years this February 6, 2019. With that said, so much has been happening with me professionally and personally. As you know, I took my love for “arts and entertainment” to a radio platform and created UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry in August of 2016. The 30-minute program airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz Station – WCLK 91.9. Since that time, I have been covering and hosting a number of high profile engagements all around the country.

In the fall of 2016, I was invited by my media buddy Ice Cream Conversations to travel to New Orleans  for the premiere of the film Deep Water Horizon. I would later return to the crescent city in the summer of 2017 for the Essence Festival. In March of 2018, I was invited with other U.S. media influencers to attend a tour of the famed NBC studios in Hollywood, CA where we interviewed the casts of Marlon, World of Dance and the writers of the award winning series This Is Us. Later on that month, I was invited to attend the New York City Premiere of Tyler Perry’s Acrimony and in June in attended the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) in South Beach Miami where I conducted Black Carpet interviews for ASPIRE TV’s In the Loop. I closed out 2018 by hosting Facebook Live Interviews during the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the largest film festival presented by a college or university.

In addition to hosting the radio show, I also began producing television programs in 2018 for CAU-TV including a Trumpet Awards Red Carpet Special, a SCAD aTVfest Special, a Living Single 25th Anniversary Special and a SuperFly Red Carpet Special. I was also invited to host and moderate the BronzeLens Film Festival’s Sunday Brunch with the Brothersand moderated a post performance conversation with the cast of Kenny Leon’s True Colors production of Colman Domingo’s DOT.

In addition to my professional advancements, my personal responsibilities also expanded as I took on the role of a caregiver for my mother. I moved her, my sister and my niece from my hometown of Orlando, FL to Atlanta, GA. In other words, I HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY, VERY BUSY. That is why there have been a lot of lapse in postings and updating the site. RC (as I like to call it) is solely operated by me and me only.

As we step into a new year, it is my hope and prayer that you would continue to support the brand and be patient with me. I am looking to refresh the site and format and really make this more interactive for you as readers. This will also become the home base for all of my media entities – print, radio, YouTube and hosting gigs. I am also producing some TV-Film-Web-based series! Yes, Ray Cornelius is currently working on a few film and TV projects. The more I interview actors, writers and directors, the more I realize the content is KING and I have a few stories in me that I’d like to share.

In closing, I wish each and every one of you all the very best this 2019 and let’s continue to grow together. THANK YOU for being patient and I look to forward to bringing you more of the best in “positive” arts and entertainment news, content and happenings.

Much Love,

Ray Cornelius

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Michael B. Jordan is the new global face of ‘Coach Men’s’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to award-winning actor and producer Michael B. Jordan. He is the new global face of Coach Men’s and is the first person to hold that title in the fashion brand’s history.

“Meet our new leading man. Actor and producer @MichaelBJordan is the first global face of Coach Men’s. He’ll take on his new role in 2019, but check back here for a sneak peek of things to come. #CoachxMBJ #CoachNY,” said the fashion brand on Instagram.

Jordan will reportedly appear in the upcoming 2019 Spring campaign with international ads and commercials for menswear, fragrance and accessories.

“With any creative endeavor, it’s all about finding the right fit…Excited to work with @StuartVevers and the entire Coach fam. Good things on the way,” said Jordan on his Instagram.

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Photo Credits: Instagram/Michael B. Jordan and COACH

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‘Power’ actor ROTIMI covers SHEEN Magazine’s Men & Music Issue

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Triple-threat performer Rotimi is the latest celebrity to cover SHEEN Magazine. The rising singer-songwriter and Power actor kicks off the publication’s Men & Music issue that celebrates the essence of masculinity and music combined to create the evolution of man.

The budding star also shares his inspirational story that inspires the masses, while advocating the immense importance of trust the process, and overcoming.

“To be on a platform that enables me to evolve as an artist is a rewarding feeling,” said Rotimi.

SHEEN‘s July/August issue also features Love and Hip Hop Miami starlet, singer and songwriter Amara La Negra, Saweetie, Cerrone Hemingway and Black Girls Rock creator Beverly Bond.

The Men & Music issue of SHEEN Magazine hits newsstands on Tuesday, June 26.

Photo Credits: SHEEN Magazine

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ATL’s Anthony L. Williams wins ‘Project Runway All Stars’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The wait is finally over!

Congratulations goes out to fashion designer Anthony L. Williams. He made a historic win Thursday night as the first African-American male and the first “Atlantan” to win Project Runway All Stars.

Williams along with the show’s two other finalists—Fabio Costa and Stanley Hudson—hosted as special finale screening for fans at Atlanta’s fabulous W Hotel in Midtown. Other Project Runway All Star finalists Ken Laurence and Edmond Newton were also in attendance and were all smiles when the show’s host Alyssa Milano announced Williams’ name. The group called themselves the #FantasticFive, considering this was the first time All Stars has ever had men of color as finalists.

Williams’ winning collection was inspired by a fantasy of film legend Audrey Hepburn living long enough to become Grammy winning pop diva Rihanna. His finale dress was a dramatic, show stopping gown that made everyone’s mouth drop including guest judge Catherine Zeta-Jones.

This season of Project Runway All Stars featured eight “veterans” designers going up against eight “rookie” designers. The show is spin-off of the hugely popular Project Runway which is hosted by Heidi Klum and features fashion mentor Tim Gunn. Judges for All Stars include Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman with Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire serving as this season’s mentor.

A number of friends and supporters were in attendance including celebrity interior designer Michel Boyd, celebrity hairstylist Derek J, V-103 personality Miss Sophia, author and playwright Craig Stewart, Emmy nominated hairstylist Victor Jones-Moore (Williams’s personal hairstylists) and others.

Check out more photos below:

Anthony L. Williams

Edmond Newton watching the finale show with his friends

Anthony L. Williams fan shirts

Michel Boyd + Miss Sophia 

Victor Jones-Moore 

Fabio Costa + Stanley Hudson

Tae’ Woo

#FANTASTICFIVE

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Constance C.R. White releases ‘How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens & Kings of Black Style’

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

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.

How to Slay offers a lavishly illustrated overview of African American style through the twentieth century, focusing on the last thirty-five years and includes 150 color and black/white photos.

Other fashion icons featured in the book include Dr. Maya Angelou, former First Lady Michelle Obama, hip hop stars Pharrell Williams, Jay Z and the Queen Bee—Beyoncé.

“With this book, I seek to document and represent how Black style is put together and worn, how it is presented, and how it has influenced fashion in ways both large and incremental,” says White. “My intention was not to make a comprehensive or definitive volume; it is meant to be a fun, informative, and entertaining journey through Black style.”

Stay close to UPFRONT as I will be talking to Constance C.R. White for a future segment.

Click here to get your copy!

Photo Credits: How To Slay

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Greenleaf’s Kim Hawthorne hosts Pop-Up Shop for Regal Wraps [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Greenleaf actress Kim Hawthorne hosted a special Pop-Up Shop for her new fashion accessory line Regal WrapTM on Saturday afternoon and yours truly was there to capture a few images.  The event took place at the Coco + Mishca Boutique located in the Modern Mystic store in Atlanta’s trendy Ponce City Market.

According to Hawthorn’s website, the Regal WrapTM was created for women on the go who needed a faster and easier way to wrap their heads.

“Whenever I would post a picture of myself on social media wearing a head wrap, my friends would comment that they wish they could tie a head wrap or that theirs never look good when they do. I thought, ‘Hmm… What if I could design a head wrap that goes on as easily as a hat?’ A ready-to wear head wrap. Because let’s face it: ‘We got stuff to do!’ I ordered a sewing machine on Overstock, taught myself how to sew, and the rest is history.”

The Regal WrapTM  comes in a variety of different colors and designs.

Check out more photos below + a video from Kim:

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Serayah covers SHEEN + becomes face of Madonna’s ‘Material Girl’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Empire starlet and rising vocalist Serayah covers the newest edition of SHEEN Magazine. The triple threat performer shares with readers the importance of being patient and trusting the process.

“I’ve learned that a no is nothing, and that is was a part of the process, and that my yes was coming,” says Serayah, reflecting on her humble beginnings in the entertainment industry. “Embrace your no because your yes IS coming.”

In addition to her role on Empire, Serayah is now the new face of Madonna‘s Material Girl 2018 Spring Campaign.

“I’m excited to be the face of Material Girl because of everything she stands for,” said Serayah to PEOPLE. “A Material Girl is edgy, fierce and owns who she is, and she’s guaranteed to look cool in anything and everything she puts on.”

The fashion brand was launched in 2010 by the music icon and her daughter Lourdes Leon and is used to embrace female empowerment through bold colors, floral designs, and edgy silhouettes. Past brand ambassadors have included Rita Ora and Zendaya.

SHEEN featuring Serayah hits newsstands on February 27!

Photo Credits: SHEEN Magazine

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Silk, Shekinah Jo, Keyshia Ka’oir, Larry Sims + more at Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out photos from Day One of the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show. The annual hair and fashion extravaganza is taking place all weekend long at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center and featured a number of your favorite music, TV and social media stars.

James Bronner + Erika Repress + SILK

The event was officially kicked off with a press conference conducted by Show Director and SVP of Bronner Bros., James Bronner along with Show Manager, Erika Respress. It also featured the “next generation” of Bronners, who are working behind-the-scenes to ensure that the legendary show continues for generations to come.

SILK + The Bronner Clan

A highlight during the press conference included an impromptu performance by iconic R&B group—Silk.  The quintet is celebrating over 25 years in the music industry and took us to church with a soulful rendition of “The Greatest Love of All.” The group, who was discovered by Keith Sweat in the early 90s, will also be featured on the opening episode of TV One’s new season of UNSUNG on Sunday, February 18.

The Cast of To Rome For Love

Other special guests at the press conference included the lovely ladies of the new docu-series, To Rome for Love(Chef) Shay Atkins, Nakita McGraw and Mercedes Young. They are also in town hosting a viewing party for their show which airs tonight on Bravo.

Cynthia Bailey Eyewear + Candles

Other personalities spotted on the showroom floor included celebrity hairstylist and reality star Shekinah Jo, RHOAs Cynthia Bailey and Kenya Moore, reality diva Keyshia Ka’oir, celebrity hairstylist and Bravo TV star Larry Sims and social media star and celebrity wig maker Alonzo Arnold. Atlanta’s station—V-103—was also broadcasting live with Big Tigger.

The evening closed out with a comedy show hosted by Steve Brown and featuring Mark Gregory (nephew of the late Dick Gregory), Rodney Perry and Sean Larkins. There was also a special Valentine’s Day musical performance from Love and Hip Hop Atlanta stars Waka Flaka and his wife Tammy Rivera.

See more images below:

Larry Sims

Barbering action on the showroom floor

Alonzo Arnold

RHOA star Cynthia Bailey taking photos with fans

Precision styling and cuts on the showroom floor

Atlanta’s #1 Beauty and Fashion Brand – SHEEN Magazine hosting a panel discussion

Keyshia Ka’oir

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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UPFRONT + CAU-TV presents ‘Red Carpet Special’ for ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I am super excited to announce that my very first produced Red Carpet TV Special will be airing this Sunday, February 11 at 8 p.m. EST on Atlanta’s Comcast 23.  As many of you may know my radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry teamed up with CAU-TV to cover the red carpet for the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards.

This 30-minute special will feature my exclusive interviews with this year’s honorees including Jermaine Dupri and Marley Dias as well as celebrity presenters and performers like Xscape, Anthony Hamilton and Arrested Development. I also got a chance to chat with this year’s co-host and star of BET’s new series In ContemptErica Ash + Trumpet Awards creator Xernona Clayton.

It is going to be an exciting pre-show that you don’t want to miss. Following my special is the “official” Bounce Trumpet Awards Red Carpet Special at 8:30 p.m. EST with Demetria McKinney and Ed Gordon and the Bounce Trumpet Awards ceremony at 9 p.m. EST.

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com

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Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg + more to play ‘ESSENCE Festival’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

ESSENCE has released the lineup for this year’s highly anticipated ESSENCE Festival and it is fiyah!!!! I am so excited to announce that music icon—Janet Jackson—will be headlining this year’s festivities in New Orleans.  It all goes down July 5-8 with three nights full of unforgettable performances from over 40 acts.

Sharing the stage with Miss Jackson is Oscar nominated actress and history maker Mary J. Blige as well as Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia and The Roots.  R&B vocalists Miguel, Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius and Dave Hollister will also rock the Superdome along with newcomers—H.E.R., Daniel Ceasar, Kelela, and DVSN.

Atlanta R&B divas Xscape are returning along with music icon Teddy Riley, who will produce a special produced segment featuring Blackstreet, Guy and Wreckx-n-Effect.

This year’s Superlounges will hosts a variety of DJ-curated experiences featuring hip hop icon MC Lyte and award winning actor and heart-throb Idris Elba.

D-Nice will make his debut as this year’s Main stage DJ and comedian Roy Wood, Jr. returns as this year’s Main stage host.

Stay tuned as additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.

Click here to check out coverage from last year’s ESSENCE Festival featuring Diana Ross, India.ArieJohn Legend and more!

Photo Credit: ESSENCE.com

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Michael B. Jordan for ‘The Wall Street Journal’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

NAACP Image Award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan is just one of the many stars covering the February edition of The Wall Street Journal Magazine. The in-demand actor comes clean about his relationship status as well as starring as the villain (Erik Killmonger) in the highly anticipated Marvel movie, “The Black Panther.”

2018 is already starting out with a bang for Jordan. He was featured in Jay Z‘s Ava DuVernay directed “Family Feud” video. He is also starring in HBO’s “Fahrenheit 451” as well as “Just Mercy,” “Creed 2” “Wrong Answer” and the TV series “Raising Dion.”

He is also flexing his directing muscles with the film adaptation of “The Stars Beneath Our Feet” and the OWN coming-of-age series with Moonlight’s Tarrell Alvin McCraney.  It’s no wonder the magazine’s theme is “Talents and Legends” because Jordan is well on his way to becoming the latter.

Check out a few of MBJ’s sepia-toned images below

Photo Credits: EthanJamesGreen for The Wall Street Journal

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WATCH Trailer for TV One’s New Docu-Series #UNCENSORED (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The other day, I posted a story about RHOA star NeNe Leakes being apart of a new TV One series and wasn’t sure about her role or any details. Well, TV One sent me an email late last night with all of the deets and I can’t be more excited.

The new docuseries is titled “UNCENSORED” and it explores the intimate lives of today’s stars and personalities. It premieres next month on Sunday, February 18 at 10 p.m. EST.

The 10-episode semi-autobiographical series gives unprecedented access to our favorite faces including Leakes as well as Tiffany Haddish, LaLa Anthony, Tamar Braxton, Charlemagne Da God, Le’Andria Johnson, Nia Long, Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. It features them in their own stories, in their own words, in the places where their stories unfolded.  The show is also the first project to be greenlit by general manager Michelle Rice, who also developed the concept.

UNCENSORED is an edgier, in-depth docu-series where the subjects get to talk the audience in first person about the moments in their lives that helped make them who they are today,” said Rice. “TV One is about telling authentic stories and this show will chronicle people of influence in pop culture, music and entertainment that captivate people of all ages.”

In its first season, “UNCENSORED” dives deep into the lives of these celebrated individuals with first-hand accounts of their road to stardom from the stars themselves. They speak directly and candidly about their personal triumphs and successes, the obstacles and challenges they have faced, and the pivotal moments that have shaped their lives and careers. No topic is off limits as they discuss issues relevant to today’s national dialogue such as race relations, drugs and violence, and sexual harassment.

In addition to first-person interviews, “UNCENSORED” uncovers little known facts with an expansive and impressive list of friends and family who know them best.

Watch the trailer below:

https://youtu.be/M6cVqwHJdso

Photo Credits: TV One

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‘Project Runway’ Model Liris Crosse releases new book ‘Make The World Your Runway’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

If you watched this last season of “Project Runway,” then you should be familiar with the beauty and the bold runway moves of plus-size model Liris Crosse.

Known amongst her peers as “The Naomi Campbell of Plus,” Crosse has been breaking down barriers in fashion and style for quite some time now. She has appeared in campaigns for Lane Bryant and Ashley Stewart and has rocked catwalks during NYC Full Figured Fashion Week and British Plus Size Fashion Weekend to name a few.

Her new book, “Make the World Your Runway,” is telling her story while encouraging fans to live their best life. According to her website, the book “offers readers top model secrets, tips and tools for the everyday woman to stand up and stand out to make the world a runway.”

See a few tips below:

Preparation for your shining moments: When it’s your time to shine you can’t get ready, you have to be ready.
Poise: How to stand in graceful elegance even under lifes pressures.
Posture: It’s more than having your head up and shoulders back. It’s a state of being aligned with your dreams and goals.
Presence: How to activate your essence so you are a magnificently memorable wherever you go! And much much more!

Click here to order your copy!

Photo Credit: Lirisc.com