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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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‘Styling Hollywood’ coming to Netflix on 8/30

Fashion, family and fabulosity collide in the new Netflix reality series Styling Hollywood. It debuts on August 30.

The show follows highly sought after celebrity stylist Jason Bolden and his interior designer husband Adair Curtis 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 (just to name a few).

Styling Hollywood comes from reality guru Carlos King of Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America. Executive producers include David George and Jordana Hochman along with showrunner Angela Rae Berg.

Will you be watching?

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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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COVER GIRL: Taraji P. Henson covers ‘INSTYLE’ for January 2019 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar-nominated actress Tararji P. Henson is showing us who’s the BOSS in the January 2019 issue of INSTYLE Magazine. The Empire diva is giving us her best “Mary Tyler Moore” impression while wearing some stylish “throwback” fashions.

“Woooooohooooooo!!!! ON STANDS NOW!!! THANK YOU @laurabrown99 and the ENTIRE @instylemagazine crew for this amazing shoot. I have ALWAYS wanted to throw my beret up in the air so care free #MaryTylerMoore style in the streets of NY!!!! I have done it on my own before but no one cared 😩😂😂😂. THIS TIME IT IS A COVER and I get to share with y’all,” said Henson on her Instagram page.

INSTYLE comes out just in time for Henson to promote her upcoming romantic comedy What Men Want. Check out the video below where she dishes about that, collecting her coins and much more.

See all of her photos below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Taraji P. Henson

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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

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Janelle Monáe stars in Jordan Peele’s ‘Noir Town’ for W Magazine [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Janelle Monáe and Jordan Peele are having way too much fun in this amazing spread for W Magazine. The Get Out director and Oscar nominee has teamed up with the Grammy nominated starlet for a retelling of Alfred Hitchcock classics through fashion titled Noir Town.

The project features Monáe as a private investigator and photographer searching for clues to a murder only to find out that she may very well be the suspect. The closer she gets to discovering the killer, the more she sees a darker side of herself. Each image features the Hidden Figures actress in Vertigo inspired looks from Michael Kors, Valentino, Burberry, Gorgio Armani, Dsquared2 and more.

“I didn’t want the Hitchcock heroine,” explained Peele. “I wanted the Hitchcock hero. That way, we can reclaim this movie that we never got to see. The fear of gender and race robs us of beautiful pieces of film.”

The shoot comes on the heels of Monáe announcing a new album as well as the release of her new single, “Dirty Computer.” The untitled project will be debut this spring and will be accompanied by a narrative film. CONGRATS JANELLE!

Check out more images below:

Photo Credits: Collier Schorr for W Magazine

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First Look Images from the upcoming ‘Son of Shaft’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out these first look images of Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree for the upcoming Son of Shaft movie. Usher posted the “swaggalicious” image on Instagram with the caption: “You Damn Right!”

The film’s director Tim Story also posted the left image that was reposted by Isaac Hayes III. His father, the late Isaac Hayes, composed the musical score for the iconic film and won an Academy Award for the now legendary Shaft theme song.

As previously reported, Son of Shaft features Usher as an FBI agent and cyber expert who finds himself partnering with his estranged father, Shaft, for an uneasy collision of old school meets new school. The film will also feature Alexandra Shipp and Christian Anderson.

Son of Shaft is written by Kenya Barris, Alex Barnow and Ernest Tidyman. 

Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: Instagram/Jessie T. Usher and Tim Story

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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!

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WATCH Super Trailer for ‘America’s Next Top Model – Season 24’ (VIDEO)

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TYRA BANKS is back with a vengeance in this new super trailer for “America’s Next Top Model.” After stepping away, the iconic supermodel returns and is ready to take a new crop of girls to next level fierceness.

As previously reported, this season has no limits and will celebrate women of all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages too. Also returning are last seaon’s judges Drew Elliott, Law Roach and Ashley Graham, alongside an ensemble of new experts and a whole new set of prizes with Los Angeles as their backdrop.  

2018 also marks the 15th anniversary of “America’s Next Top Model,” making it “the most successful and longest-running reality series in history.”

YOU GO TYRA! 

Check it out below and tell us what you think:

“America’s Next Top Model” returns

Tuesday, January 9 at 9 p.m. on VH1

Photo Credits: YouTube

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Black Panther’s Danai Gurira covers ROGUE Magazine [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Award winning TV, film and stage  actress—Danai Gurira—is just one of the many famous faces covering the Winter edition of ROGUE Magazine.

Inside, Gurira dishes about her leading role as Michonne on AMC’s hugely popular series, “The Walking Dead” and well as her highly anticipated role in “Black Panther” along with Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

She also talks about her incredible journey as an activist and artist trying to diversify the industry and much more!

“Thank you @roguemagazine for this cover! Really enjoyed the shoot,” said Gurira on her Instagram page.

Check out her stunning images below and tell us what you think:

ROGUE featuring Danai Gurira hits stands on 1/15/18

Photo Credits: ROGUE Magazine

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‘Project Runway All Stars’ to debut 1/4/18 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out a first look teaser for “Project Runway All Stars” debuting Thursday, January 4 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime. A number of my favorite designers are back to “make it work” including Anthony Williams, Char Glover, Edmond Newton and Ken Laurence.

This season, eight “veterans” will go up against eight “rookie” designers making it to the “All Stars” battle ground for the very first time. Alyssa Milano returns as host along with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman and Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire joining as mentor.

Guest judges strutting down the runway this season to see who has the skills to make it to the end include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Dita Von Teese, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rebecca Minkoff, Danielle Brooks, Olivia Culpo, Rosie Perez, RuPaul, Kelly Osbourne, Karolina Kurkova, Kasey Musgraves, and “Project Runway’s” Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

Click here to meet all of the designers:

Photo Credit: Lifetime

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VH1’s ‘America’s Next Top Model’ to premiere on 1/9/18

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

VH1 announced today that the highly anticipated new season of “America’s Next Top Model” with Tyra Banks will premiere on Tuesday, January 9th at 8PM ET/PT.   For the first time in franchise history, there will be no age limit as well as more contestant diversity than ever before.

This season includes guest appearances by former judge Nigel Barker and season three winner Eva Marcille, Director X, beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and Hip Hop artist Maejor among others; as well as a VH1 crossover with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan-favorites Valentina, Katya and Manila.

Supermodel and body activist Ashley GrahamPaper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach return as judges.  Banks and Ken Mok will continue as executive producers.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: VH1.com

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Tyra Banks talks motherhood, ANTM + more with ‘PAPER’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Tyra Banks is showing us why she is still the fiercest of them all in the newest issue of PAPER Magazine. The supermodel, former TV host and entrepreneur literally transforms herself into a “Tyga” (with the help of Kim Kimble) as she opens up about returning to “American Next Top Model” next month and the joys of motherhood. She also talks about how it would take an act of God to get her to walk down a runway.

“That was a different phase of my career,” she explains. “A fierce one, mind you, but the past. It would take a hell of a lot of convincing to get me to come out of retirement.”

Check out all the photos + more excerpts from the interview below: 

“One thing I know is from studying business, they say your brand is not what you say it is, it’s what they say it is. I thought Top Model would be fine without me hosting, but the social media sphere let me know that was not the case.”

“I wouldn’t say I’m being my normal self on Top Model,” she says. “I’m being the crazy version of myself on Top Model sometimes.”

Photo Credits:Vijat Mohindra for PAPER

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Diana Ross to receive AMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to my favorite music diva—DIANA ROSS! The Motown legend and Grammy-award winning singer, actress, fashion icon and philanthropist will receive this year’s coveted “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.”

Miss Ross will be recognized for her five-decades of outstanding artistic contributions to the entertainment industry and popular culture.  She attended the very first show in 1974 and has since gone on to win seven awards of her own and even served as host in 1986 and 1987.

“I have endless memories of all the years that I have appeared on the American Music Awards,” says Ms. Ross. “It started with Dick Clark and The Caravan of Stars and American Bandstand.  It was Dick Clark who said, ‘Music is the soundtrack of our lives.’ So true. I am so excited to be receiving this honorable award.”

The “American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement,” formerly the “American Music Award of Merit”, is only given to artists who have made truly exceptional contributions to the music industry.

The honor comes on the heels of the 45th anniversary of Miss Ross’ landmark film, “Lady Sings the Blues,” where she earned an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of jazz singer Billie Holiday. I would imagine that her rare performance during the live broadcast will include a few selections from that film. Let’s hope so!

The “American Music Awards” air on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.

Click here to see all of the AMA nominees!

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