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#UPFRONT featuring a Tribute to Aretha Franklin and more (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This past weekend’s UPFRONT show was fit for a Queen! It featured a salute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last week at the age of 76. Singers Avery*Sunshine, Keisha Jackson, Trina Broussard and WCLK 91.9’s RivaBlue talked about the impact of Franklin’s music and her enduring legacy.

I also have one-on-one interviews with Mile 22 star and Atlanta-based actor Keith Arthur Bolden and Mahisha Dellinger, the star of OWN’s new series Mind Your Business with Mahisha.

The show also features classics from the “Queen of Soul” including her hit songs “RESPECT,” “Natural Woman” and the theme song to the iconic TV series –  A Different World.

UPFRONT airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s own Jazz 91.9 WCLK and

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BMI salutes Patti LaBelle at ‘BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the pleasure of attending and covering the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Thursday evening for my radio show #UPFRONT. The VIP event took place at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall (Woodruff Art Center) and featured an all-star salute to music icon and Grammy-winning singer, song-writer, actress, author and philanthropist—Patti LaBelle.

Prior to the show was a dazzling red carpet where I interviewed some of the evening’s songwriters, producer and publishers of the year’s most performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs. I also talked to some of the singers who were performing during Miss Patti’s Tribute including BeBe Winans, Avery*Sunshine, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard.

The awards ceremony began with Atlanta’s own Big Boi, who performed songs from his new album, “Boomiverse” as well as some of his classics. Jazze Pha‘s new duo—Ayo and Teo—performed their hit single, “Rolex.” Other performances included Jacquees and his R&B single, “B.E.D” and Maybach Music’s Rick Ross, who performed all of his hits including “Hustlin,’” “Trap, Trap, Trap” and “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”

Big winners this year included Metro Boomin, who took home the Producer of the Year award as well as hitmakers Future, DJ Khaled and Rihanna, who tied for Songwriter of the Year.

The second part of the show featured the all-star tribute to Miss LaBelle, whose career spans over five decades.  BeBe Winans opened the set with his rendition of her hit duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own.”  R&B songstress Avery Sunshine gave a moving version of “Love, Need and Want You.” Gospel music star Kierra Sheard wowed us with her powerful performance of “When You’ve Been Blessed,” followed by Tasha Cobbs-Leonard singing the classic hit, “You Are My Friend.”

“I was feeling like a queen since I’ve heard I was being honored with the Icon Award. When you hear of other people getting certain awards, you say ‘I want that.’ So evidently I grew up old enough that they gave it me. (LOL) I always say when you get it it’s right on time,” said Miss LaBelle during her red carpet interview.

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi gave an energetic performance of the massive classic hit, “Lady Marmalade” before calling Ms. LaBelle to the stage where she gave an impromptu performance of “Over the Rainbow” and thanked those who paid tribute to her throughout the evening.

The evening was hosted by BMI President & CEO Mike O’Neill and BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations Catherine Brewton with Lifestyle Specialist Kenny Burns as co-host.

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Photo Credits: Getty Images/Paras Griffin for BMI

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#UPFRONT featuring Regina Y. Hicks + Highlights from BMI Awards & BLFF’s Women Superstars Luncheon (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Check out this week’s edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features one-on-one interviews with the honorees from the recent BronzeLens Women Superstars Luncheon.  Crystal Fox, Neema Barnette and Nefertite Nguvu all talked exclusively to me  about being recognized for their careers in front of and behind the lens.

#UPFRONT also chatted with Regina Y. Hicks, co-executive producer for HBO’s “Insecure.” The TV veteran opened up about the success of the show and the magic of its star—Issa Rae.

Closing out the show are my red carpet interviews with vocalists Avery*Sunshine, BeBe Winans, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Kierra Sheard. All four of them performed as part of this week’s salute to music legend Patti LaBelle at the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The Grammy-winning icon was honored for her career achievements along with the songwriters, publishers and producers of the year’s most performed R&B/Hip-Hop songs in the U.S.

#UPFRONT Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is a 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Georgia the new “Entertainment Capital.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.


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‘Black Music Honors’ salutes The Jacksons, Jody Watley, Guy & more [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out these amazing photos from this past weekend’s “Black Music Honors” that took place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN. The ceremony featured an all-star salute to some of music’s most recognizable names including The Jacksons, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley.

As previously reported, the “Black Music Honors” acknowledges the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.

This year’s show included soul-stirring performances from Avery*SunshineDave Hollister, Jonathan ButlerKaren Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.

Rickey Smiley, television and radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, co-hosted the show which is set to air on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7 p.m.

Check out all the photos below:

 Photo Credits: Central City Productions
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‘Black Music Honors’ to Salute The Jacksons, Jody Watley, Guy + more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Central City Productions will pay tribute to The Jacksons, Jody Watley and Guy during the “Black Music Honors” on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the The Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN.

According to the press release, the two-hour event will acknowledge the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide.

Additional honorees include Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick and Oleta Adams. The show will air on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10 at 7 p.m.  and is hosted by TV One’s Rickey Smiley and singer-actress LeToya Luckett.

“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic music artists,” said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black MusicHonors. “The caliber of this year’s honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year’s show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody Watley, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry.”

The Jacksons are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award; McClurkin, will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; Guy will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award, Adams is receiving the Legends Award and Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

This year’s show will include special performances by Avery*Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.

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‘NuSoul Revival Tour’ to spotlight Blacks & Alzheimer’s Disease (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

When R&B singer-songwriter Avery*Sunshine hits the stage this week as part of the NuSoul Revival Tour, she’ll be tapping those ivory keys in memory of her maternal grandmother and maternal great-grandmother. Both women succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease and were very instrumental in her development as a vocalist.

The “Come Do Nothing” singer told me during our recent “UPFRONT” interview that the entire 22-city tour (which kicks off Friday, February 3 in Raleigh, NC), will bring awareness to the disease that disproportionately affects African Americans more than their White counterparts.  According to, Blacks are two times more likely to develop late-onset Alzheimer’s disease than Whites and less likely to have a diagnosis of their condition, resulting in less time for treatment and planning.

Ray Cornelius with Avery*Sunshine

“We want to bring light to Alzheimer’s. I watched my grandmother deal with my great-grandmother and I was 13 or 14 when we were dealing with that. For me, I thought that’s just what happens to elderly people. But then I saw my mother deal with my grandmother and at that time I was 24 or 25 and it definitely took on a different meaning,” said Sunshine during our one-on-one interview in January.

Sunshine also talked about how her family dealt with her grandmother being physically abused at a nursing home facility and the toll it took on her mother as the caretaker.

“We hope that we bring some light to this issue and we provide some respite from all of it for some of the caretakers. Our goal is to make people feel better. If you’re at 75 % we want you to be at 125%, when you leave the show. ”

Check out the entire interview and click here for the remaining dates of the “NuSoul Revival Tour” featuring Sunshine + Musiq SoulChild, Lyfe Jennings and Kindred Family Soul.

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#UPFRONT talks to R&B singer Avery*Sunshine and Alvin Ailey dancer Hope Boykin (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Just in case you missed it, here is link to this morning’s edition of “UPFRONT.” This week’s show featured R&B music star Avery*Sunshine, who talked about her new album, 2064 and her “Nu Soul Revival Tour” with Kindred Family Soul, Chrisette Michele, Foreign Exchange and Musiq SoulChild. She also opened up about two encounters she had with Motown founder Berry Gordy and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. It’s an enjoyable two-part interview you don’t want to miss.

Ray Cornelius with Hope Boykin

I also talked to veteran Alvin Ailey dancer and choregrapher, Hope Boykin about her new work, r-Evolution, Dream. It is premiering during the company’s Atlanta engagement at the Fabulous Fox Theatre February 15-19. The piece was inspired by a visit she had in 2015 at Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights. She also opened up about Destination Dance, a new dance initiative the company has with Atlanta that includes various events and workshops around the city for dance enthusiasts.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the new “Entertainment Capital of the South.”

It airs every Saturday at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and is hosted by yours truly!

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Karen Civil, Marlo Hampton, Toya Wright & more honored at ‘Women of Impact Dinner’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It was all about #BlackGirlMagic last night as IMPACT Magazine honored 50 of Atlanta’s biggest and brightest at their inaugural annual Women of Impact Dinner. The private event took place at Buckhead’s Level V event space and paid homage to social media powerhouse Karen Civil, as well as other women who have excelled in their respected industries. The event was also hosted in honor of the publication’s 10th year anniversary.

IMPACT Magazine’s mission and purpose is to empower, encourage, and to educate readers through the power of images and words. The publication tackles the issues of life, by giving examples of ordinary people, living extraordinary lives. IMPACT educates the readers on health, wealth, and all things pertaining to who they are; challenging them to evolve into whom they are destined to become.

Other honorees included R&B singers Angie Stone, Avery*Sunshine, Keke Wyatt, Towanda Braxton as well as reality stars Jewel Tankard (Bravo’s Thicker Than Water), Marlo Hampton (Real Housewives of Atlanta), Quad Webb-Lunceford & Lisa Nicole Cloud (Bravo’s Married to Medicine), Deb Antney & Rashida Frost (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta). Real Housewives of Atlanta show creator Princess Banton-Lofters, BMI executive Catherine Brewton, HGTV personality Egypt Sherrod and my good friend and blogger extraordinaire Xaveria Bryant of IceCreamConversations were also among the honorees.

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Jewel Tankard

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Marlow Hampton

Toya Wright

Rasheeda Frost and Tammy Rivera

Xaviera Bryant and Karen Civil

Tiffany Williams 

Que Barnes Jackson with Lisa Nicole Cloud

Rasheeda Frost 

Catherine Brewton and Avery*Sunshine

Quad Webb-Lunceford

Karen Civil

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Usher, Future, Tyrese Gibson, Young Jeezy and more attend Mayor’s Masked Ball [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Usher, Tyrese Gibson, Future and Young Jeezy were just a few of the A-List celebrities who came out for Saturday night’s UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Atlanta. The VIP gala was held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was attended by a who’s who of celebrities, city officials, dignitaries, tastemakers and influencers.

Dr. Michael Lomax presenting the HBCU Presidents

Yours truly, was in the mix and captured some pretty amazing shots of everyone in their black tie and ballroom garb. The UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball is held annually by the city’s mayor and is a huge fundraiser for students attending historically black colleges and universities. The Mayor’s Masked Ball was created in 1983 by Billye S. Aaron (Hank Aaron’s wife) and Ambassador Andrew Young with the hopes of providing scholarships for underserved youth with dreams of attending college. The event is one of several “Masked Balls” that are presented by UNCF chapters around the country.

Tyrese Gibson helping out during the fundraising portion of the evening

Last night’s ball raised well over one million dollars due to the high demand of tickets  and a little help from “Fast and Furious” star and musician Tyrese Gibson. He literally took over the fundraising portion of the program and was able to galvanize an additional $1oo,ooo from the audience which included three hefty donations from Usher, Young Jeezy and Future. Other celebrities who contributed to the cause included “R&B Diva” Angie Stone, soul singer Avery*Sunshine,HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and BMI executive Catherine Brewton.

Avery*Sunshine, Q Parker and Angie Stone

A number of other Atlanta notables were in attendance including Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell, Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, RHOA star Phaedra Parks, “Married to Medicine” stars Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Dr. Jackie Walters and Dr. and Genise SheltonQ. Parker from 112, celebrity interior designer Michel Boyd, TV and stage actress Danielle Deadwyler, actor Al Thompson, filmmaker Roger M. Bobb, “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker, 11 Alive Atlanta news anchor Shiba Russell, acclaimed author and playwright Pearl Cleage, reality star Stevie Baggs, Jr., gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell, hip hop artist Kore $tacks, Dr. Yamma Brown (James Brown’s daughter), gospel singer and radio personality Darlene McCoy, UPSCALE Magazine’s Satchel Jester, “Saints and Sinners” actress Reece Odum and more.

Sheila E.

This year’s entertainment was provided by the one and only—Sheila E. The award winning entertainer and beloved music icon opened her show with a nod to her late mentor and friend Prince with “Erotic City.” She later jammed the night away with hits of her own including “Love Bazaar” and “Glamorous Life.”

The Mayor’s Masked Ball was hosted by comedian and actor J. Anthony Brown along with UNCF President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax and UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd.

See more exciting pictures below and click here to donate:

Al Thompson and Shiba Russell

Pearl Cleage and her daughter Deignan

Avery*Sunshine and Dana Johnson

Danielle Deadwyler, Jakeem Smith and Kore $tacks

Dr. Yamma Brown 

Atlanta radio personality SiMan Baby with his guest


Stevie Baggs Jr. with his date

Kwanza and Natalie Hall

Reece Odum and her guest

Young Jeezy with Phaedra Parks 

Dr. and Mrs. Shelton

Egypt Sherrod and Avery*Sunshine

Actor Lamman Rucker chatting with Billye S. Aaron 

Angie Stone and Gwendolyn Chisolm aka “Blondie”

Q Parker, Tyrese Gibson, Elle Duncan and her husband

Future with his sister and mother

Satchel Jester with Michel Boyd

Darlene McCoy

J. Anthony Brown and Myra J

Roger M. Bobb and Carolyn Young (Ambassador Andrew Young’s wife)

Dana Johnson, Avery*Sunshine, Ceaser C. Mitchell (Atlanta City Council President), Rev. Raphael G. Warnock (senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church) and his wife Ouleye Ndoye    

Tyrese Gibson


Tyrese Gibson and Ambassador Andrew Young sharing a laugh

Dr. Michael Lomax ~ UNCF President and CEO

Usher laughing out loud at J. Anthony Brown‘s shenanigans

Mayor Kasim Reed and First Lady Sarah-Elizabeth Reed

UNCF Regional Development Director Justine Norman Boyd

handing flowers to Billye S. Aaron

Lamman Rucker with Morehouse College President John Wilson

J. Anthony Brown sharing a laugh with Atlanta business icon Richard Dent 


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Sheryl Lee Ralph brings ‘DIVAS’ to Philly!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Sheryl Lee Ralph is bringing her “DIVAS Simply Singing” to Philadelphia! The Tony nominated-Broadway actress and acclaimed TV and Film star will celebrate its 2nd annual staging of the show on August 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dell Music Center.

This highly anticipated and much respected community health service charity concert began in the fight against HIV/AIDS. It now adds mental wellness, heart disease, diabetes and Hep C and other life threatening diseases. The Foundation with the support of Commissioner Sue Slawson and The Dell Theatre, will bring together some of the industry’s most talented artists and Divas to address the need for Health and Wellness awareness. A strong community is a healthy community.

This show’s talent roster includes Avery*Sunshine, KeKe Wyatt, Mack Wilds, Tweet and jazz vocalist Maysa. It will also feature R&B icons—Full Force, Martha Wash, Jean Carne, Cheryl Pepsi Riley and more!

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RC hosts ‘ATL Soul Music Fest’ Press Meet & Greet [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the distinct pleasure Friday night of hosting a Press Meet & Greet for the upcoming ATL Soul Music Festival.  The two day event, now in its second year, is held over the Memorial Day Holiday (May 28 & 29) at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater and features some of the hottest R&B/Soul artists in the country.


Ray and Stacey J

This year’s lineup includes Syleena Johnson, The Robert Glasper Experiment, Lalah Hathaway, Eric Roberson, Anthony David, Rahsaan Patterson, Avery*Sunshine, Kindred The Family Soul, Angie Stone and Goapele.  My co-host for the evening was Atlanta media personality and “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” producer Stacey J.


Anthony David taking pictures with press

The Press Meet & Greet took place at iWi Fresh Day Spa in the Castleberry Hill district of the city and was attended by a number of area tastemakers, influencers and music enthusiasts including Carlton Hargro and Larmarrous Shirley of SLO MO Magazine.


Vanessa Fraction

The evening also featured entertainment by Chicago comedienne Vanessa Fraction and vocalist D Maurice. Valencia Joseph, Marketing Director for ASPiRE TV, discussed the network’s new media partnership with the Festival as well as its hot lineup of Black Music Month programming.  Stacey and I also conducted interviews with D Maurice and 2016 Festival performer Anthony David.


D Maurice performing songs from his new project Mosaic

Dope sounds were provided by DJ Funknatra along with his Prince tribute CDs that were raffled off throughout the night. There was also complimentary eats and wine as well as giveaways from Glow Skin Enhancement.  The event was sponsored by ASPiRE TV & UPtv, McDonalds and iWi Fresh Day Spa.

Check out more photos below:


iWi Fresh stands for “It Is What It Is”


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Yolanda Owens, owner of iWi Fresh Day Spa


Stacey J, D Maurice, Vanessa Fraction and Valencia Joseph


JHigh Art featured pieces of Nina Simone, Biggie Smalls and Diana Ross


Book Author Yvonne Pierre and Singer-Songwriter Leaf


Chris Daniels from “The Burton Wire” with Carlton Hargro from “SLO MO”


D Maurice performing


D Maurice‘s new solo project is titled Mosaic 

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BMI Honors Mary Mary and BeBe & CeCe Winans [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Some of Gospel music’s biggest stars attended the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music Honors Saturday night in Atlanta, GA. The lavish ceremony was held at the historic Rialto Performing Arts Center at Georgia State and featured an all-star salute to sibling acts Mary Mary and music legends BeBe and CeCe Winans. The evening was hosted by Sunday Best judge and radio personality Yolanda Adams and will air on TV One February 19 at 8 p.m. EST.


CeCe and BeBe Winans with their niece Deborah Joy Winans

The evening began with a dazzling red carpet and then a pre-show where BMI recognized the most played songs of 2015 and their songwriters. Award-winning hits included “But God,” “Different,” “Help,” “No Greater Love,” “I Will Trust,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “This Place,” “You Alone,” “We Are Victorious,” and “War.”


Erica and Tina Campbell with BMI President Mike O’Neill

The two-hour show will include soul-stirring renditions of Mary Mary and Bebe & CeCe Winans songs performed by some of the industry’s most recognizable artists including KeKe Wyatt, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with Tasha Cobbs, Tamia with Jonathan McReynolds, Fred Hammond with Deborah Cox, Kelly Price, Avery*Sunshine, Tamela Mann, Lisa Page-Brooks with Tasha Page-LockhartY’anna Crawley, Brian Courtney Wilson, Angie Winans, Debbie Winans, Juan Winans and Pastor Ron WinansDSC_0291-3

The Anointed Pace Sisters

Celebrities spotted on the red carpet included Grant Hill, Kim Fields, Miss Lawrence, Drea Kelly, David Mann, Avery Wilson, Sean Garrett, Donald Lawrence, Bryon Cage, Ricky Dillard, Tiff Joy, Anita Wilson, GooGooMarvin Sapp, T.C. Carson, Ted WinnStevie JAnointed Pace Sisters and TV One President Brad Siegel along with Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Atlanta.

Check out some of the red carpet photos below:


WATC Atlanta Live host Regina Howard interviewing Yolanda Adams


Kelly Price looking radiant on the red carpet

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Sunday Best’s Y’anna Crawley/Kim Fields with Christopher Morgan


BeBe & CeCe Winans with their niece Debra Joy Winans

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Isaac Carree and wife/ Tasha Cobbs 


KeKe Wyatt with David and Tamela Mann

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Tamia and Grant Hill/Stevie J with guest


Kierra “KiKi” Sheard with the Anointed Pace Sisters

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Drea Kelly/ Miss Lawrence 


The one and only Fred Hammond with guest

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GooGoo/ T.C. Carson

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BMI’s Catherine Brewton/Deborah Joy Winans 


Tina and Erica Campbell with their mother Miss Honey


BeBe and CeCe Winans being interviewed on the red carpet


The Marys—Eric and Tina Campbell on the red carpet

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Smokey Robinson honored by Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Some of music biggest stars gathered together Saturday night to pay tribute to Motown living legend Smokey Robinson.

According to Fox 8 Cleveland, Robinson was honored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s Music Masters Series. The tribute was titled “The Life and Music of Smokey Robinson” and included performances by Motown alum and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Martha Reeves of Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Mary Wilson of The Supremes and Dennis Edwards of The Temptations. Motown founder Berry Gordy was also present to pay tribute to his long-time friend and colleague.


Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson and Mary Wilson

There were also tributes from contemporary artists like Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child and R&B male vocalists Eric Roberson, Avant and Bilal. Additional tributes came from JoJo and acclaimed singer-songwriter and my girl Avery*Sunshine. Grammy winning-jazz pianist Robert Glasper served as the show’s musical director.


Avery*Sunshine holding up suites worn by Ray Charles

The concert was the culmination of a week-long celebration that included various panel discussions, lectures and even a master class featuring Robinson with The Boys & Girls Club of Cleveland. He was also given an honorary degree from Case Western Reserve University.

Check out the amazing photos that I spotted on Avery*Sunshine’s Facebook page below:


Smokey Robinson and Avery*Sunshine 


Michelle Williams and Avery*Sunshine


Avery*Sunshine receiving a big hug from Motown founder Berry Gordy


What a Night! #BerryGordy #MotownSHINE


Photo Credits: Facebook/Avery*Sunshine


Urban Lux Magazine saluted Avery*Sunshine & others at ‘Lux List Honors’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Urban Lux Magazine recognized some of Atlanta’s biggest and brightest in arts & culture, style and community, Thursday night as part of their 2015 Lux List Honors.

The annual fundraising event was held at the Atlanta Ballet’s Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre in the West Midtown District and benefited Atlanta Ballet’s Ailey Camp, an innovative summer program designed to serve inner city youth ages 6-8.


Honoree Avery*Sunshine with Urban Lux Magazine

This year’s honorees included acclaimed R&B vocalist, Avery*Sunshine; visual artist and scholar, Fahamu Pecou; event planner to the stars, Warren Huntley (Warren Huntley Presents); NFL star and philanthropist, Warrick Dunn; Director of Atlanta Ballet’s Ailey Camp, Diane Sales, and Celebrity Hairstylist, Brandon L. Thomas (Modern Classic Salon).

Media personality, DeMarco Morgan served as Master of Ceremonies.

I had the pleasure of capturing a few red carpet images. Check them out below and congrats to all the honorees:

Honoree Warren Huntley


Honoree Brandon L. Thomas


Honoree Fahamu Pecou with Jamila Pecou and his manager, Karen Mason 


Attendees clowning on the red carpet


Singer Zoey Clark, who currently has a single out now with Fetty Wap


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DeMarco Morgan


Committee Member Kysha Cameron with husband Ryan Cameron


Avery*Sunshine with Dana Johnson


Honoree Diane Sales with guests


Committee Member Daryl Foster and guest


The Gentleman Foundation’s Gee Sessions-Small

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