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‘UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius’ featuring André Leon Talley (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out my exclusive UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius interview featuring fashion and style icon André Leon Talley. This is the second episode of my new program that puts a spotlight on Atlanta’s ever evolving TV, film, music and arts scene.

Mr. Talley was in town for a recent SCAD screening of his documentary, The Gospel According to André and was so gracious enough to make some time for me. During our conversation, he opens up about his career as the former American editor-at-large for Vogue, his time spent with the art icon Andy Warhol and the story behind the famous image of him dancing with music legend Diana Ross at New York’s famed Studio 54.

UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius airs on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.  and on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on CAU-TV 23 (Comcast 23).

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LISTEN to #UPFRONT with ‘Superfly’ cast + André Leon Talley (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out this past weekend’s edition of my arts and entertainment radio program, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features my exclusive black carpet interviews from the Atlanta premiere of Superfly.

The film is a remake of the 1972 classic and stars Trevor Jackson as Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. The film also stars veteran actors Esai Morales and Michael K. Williams along with newcomers Jason MitchellLex Scott Davis, Terayle Hill and Allen Maldonado. The film is produced by Future and directed by hip hip music video icon Director X.

Closing out the show is my one-on-one with fashion icon and former VOGUE Magazine editor-at-large André Leon Talley. He opens up about his new documentary, The Gospel According to Andre’. He also chats about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Warhol and dancing with Diana Ross at NYC’s famed Studio 54. I also feature music from the original Super Fly soundtrack with Curtis Mayfield all throughout the show.

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and

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Watch Trailer for ‘The Gospel According to André’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“You can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family…” ~ André Leon Talley

Magnolia Pictures has teamed up with Magnet Releasing for the upcoming documentary on fashion maven André Leon Talley titled The Gospel According to André. It opens in select theaters nationwide on April 27.

The Gospel According to André chronicles the life and career of the former Vogue magazine editor-at-large and one of the fashion industry’s and New York culture’s most influential icons. Beginning his career at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s before climbing the ranks of the New York fashion editorial world, Talley made a lasting impact by pushing to include African-American models and designers in such major publications as Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue magazine. Today, his judgment is sought by top designers, stylists, and celebrity clientele.

The Gospel According to André features such fashion luminaries as Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino and Manolo Blahnik testifying to André’s gifts. The film also traces his journey with rich archival footage that summons multiple eras of stylish and outlandish clothing.

Check it out below:

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‘Fresh Dressed’ Poster Revealed…

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The first poster for the upcoming film on the evolution of hip-hop fashion, “Fresh Dressed,” was released and it includes an iconic image of Biz Markie. As previously reported, The 2015 Sundance film chronicles the history of Hip-Hop/Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life–and the outsiders who studied and admired them–Fresh Dressed goes to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town. Expect interviews from Kanye West, Diddy, Pharrell Williams, Kid ‘n’Play, Big Daddy Kane, Andre Leon Talley and more!

Check out the trailer and full poster  below:

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FASHION BUZZ! Tia Dantzler, Eva Marcille, Andre Leon Talley

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Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET is reporting that celebrity make-up artist Tia Dantzler has been named the new global creative director for Fashion Fair Cosmetics.  One of the industry’s leading beauty experts and bloggers, Dantzler’s has worked on covers for Vogue, ESSENCE, Glamour  and GQ.  She also has an impressive client list that includes Jennifer Hudson, Keke Palmer, Tika Sumpter and President Barack Obama.

As creative director, Dantzler will assist in developing, marketing and creating products as well as leading training initiatives for the cosmetic icon. The position was previously held be celebrity make-up artist and book author, Sam Fine.

eva23ANTM  alum Eva Marcille is getting back to her roots for a new television show inspired by Africa. According to VibeVixen, Marcille will journey to West Africa and expose herself and viewers to the rich culture of the region. Reportedly, Marcille shared the big news on her Instagram account along with BTS pictured from a recent photo shoot. (Photo Credit: Instagram/Eva Marcille)

Former Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley has fallen under the Kardashian spell. The legendary fashion icon is calling Kim one of his latest Style Muses and enchanting angels. Apparently, Talley expressed his admiration for the reality-star in a recent blog for Zappos Couture.

“Kim is a businesswoman, mother and icon,”  states Talley. “To me, she is one of my favorite muses and one of my enchanting angels.  Always so down-to-earth, graceful, and totally cool– I’ve always found her to be charming. Kim often gets a bad wrap for her fashion choices.”

Talley also applauded Kim for taking style tips from her fiancé Kanye West and thought their relationship was a match made in heaven.  “How cool to have Kanye West as the father of your baby, partner and personal stylist.”

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Ciara is having a Body Party (yeah, that’s a shameless plug) for her double issue of Annex  magazine.  The “Goodies” singer shows that she has nothing to hide as she graces the cover of the 2013 Diane issue wearing an all-white Ellery top and IIMUAHII by Elena Slivnyak neoprene pant.

annex2.jpgaIf that’s not enough, she’s rocking  a revealing, low-cut white dress for the second cover.  In the interview, Ciara talks about the creative process of her new album One Woman Army  and her relationship with Atlanta rapper Future. She also dishes about her past and present musical influences like Madonna, Michael Jackson and “MTV’s Hottest MC” Kendrick Lamar.

“I am approaching this record in a different way than I have any other project before. While recording One Woman Army I have been running towards my fears and allowing myself to be vulnerable in many ways; for the first time I allowed myself to be completely open in the music-making process. I can honestly say this is the most fun that I’ve ever had making an album,” she said.

Click here to see a behind the scenes clip.  Ciara’s double issue lands on newsstands March 18.

The Face star Naomi Campbell is givin us legs for the cover of the March 2013 issue of Numero Russia magazine.  According to Concrete Loop, Miss Campbell’s appearance on the cover may have a lot to do with the fact that the magazine’s new editor-at-large is the always fabulous Andre Leon Talley, former American Vogue  editor-at-large and new talk show host.

Check out her hot pics below which were shot by Sebastian Kim and styled by Ethel Park.



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André Leon Talley signs late-night talk show deal?

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Former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, André Leon Talley (now listed as Contributing Editor in the April 2010 masthead) has inked a late-night talk show deal with production company Electus, according to Women’s Wear Daily.

Talley will serve as executive producer of the potential chat-fest, along with Electus. He said his goal is to create “a show that blends Dick Cavett’s approach to eloquence and sophistication with unparalleled access into my international fashion lifestyle. A forum where unique stories will be told and inspirations shared.”

Marc Beckman of DMA United brokered the deal between Talley and Electus. Beckman said the show was still in the early stages of development but would likely be geared towards a cable network. “We think a television platform is an ideal showcase for André’s personality to shine and bring together his amazing network of personal contacts, ranging from designers to musicians to politicians,” he noted.

Talley is no stranger to TV, he served as a judge for four cycles (from 2009 to 2011) of Tyra Banks’ reality competition America’s Next Top Model.

Talley also films shorts for a web series on called “Mondays With André,” is a fashion correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and recently joined Numéro Russia, the soon-to-be-launched Russian outpost of international fashion magazine Numéro, as editor-at-large.

Will you be watching as Talley chats-it-up with his rich friends?