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Ray Cornelius to moderate BLFF Discussion with the stars of ‘ATL Homicide’ (VIDEO)

I am super excited to announce that yours truly—RAY CORNELIUS—will be moderating a panel discussion with the stars of the popular crime and justice series ATL Homicide on Friday, August 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. during the BronzeLens Film Festival.

Atlanta homicide detectives David Quinn and Vince Velazquez will be joined by their TV alter egos/actors Angelo Diaz and Christopher Diaz for a lively discussion about their successful careers, the impact of the show and much more.

I got a chance to chat with Quinn and Velazquez during a recent UPFRONT show where we talked about the series, lessons learned and so much more. I am so looking forward to chatting with them again and would love to see your faces in the audience.

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BLFF Announces ‘Don’t Let Go’ as Opening Night Film (VIDEO)

The Bronzelens Film Festival (BLFF) is celebrating its 10th year anniversary August 21-25 and recently announced that David Oyelowo‘s Don’t Let Go will be the festival’s opening night film.

It features Oyelowo as detective Jack Radcliff who gets a shocking phone call from his recently-murdered niece Ashley (played by Storm Reid). Working together across time, they race to solve her murder before it can happen.

Don’t Let Go also stars Brian Tyree HenryMykelti WilliamsonShinelle AzorohByron MannApril Grace and Alfred Molina. It is written and directed by Jacob Estes.

The film will screen on Wednesday, August 21 at the iconic Landmark Midtown Cinema beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a dazzling Bronze Carpet and the screening at 8:00 p.m.

Check out my UPFRONT coverage below from the recent BLFF Media Mixer where this and other exciting news was announced:

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Tina Lifford, Ayoka Chinzera & Samantha Vincent honored during ‘Women Superstars Luncheon’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

A BIG congratulations goes out to actress Tina Lifford and filmmakers Ayoka Chinzera and Samantha Vincent. The ladies were honored Friday afternoon during the Women Superstars Luncheon at the 2018 BronzeLens Film Festival.

The event took place at the illustrious Atlanta Marriott Marquis and was hosted by HGTV star and media maven Egypt Sherrod.

Celebrities in attendance included Greenleaf star Lynn Whitfield, 9-1-1 star Cocoa Brown, R&B music star Regina Belle, Living Single star Kim Coles, Mile 22 star Keith Arthur Bolden, actress and author Stacii Jae Johnson, actress and filmmaker Lisa Arrindell, filmmaker Muta AliLove Is… creator Salim Akil, actress DeEtta West, singer and filmmaker Nicci Gilbert and award-winning TV producer Dianne Ashford.

Lifford was saluted by her Queen Sugar co-star Omar Dorsey and picked up the Visionary Superstar Award for her career as an actress, activist and motivational speaker.

Chinzera, who is best known for her work as a groundbreaking filmmaker and content creator, was given the Catalyst Superstar Award. She is the first African-American female animator and one of the first female film educators.

Vincent earned the Vanguard Superstar Award for her work as executive producer on the Fast Furious movie franchise along with her brother Vin Diesel.

BLFF Artist Director Deidre McDonald also recognized for her contributions to film and for educating future filmmakers and content creators.

The afternoon also featured a conversation with Vincent that was moderated by noted filmmaker Roger M. Bobb and was sponsored by AARP-Georgia.

Check out all of the photos below:

Madea’s Family Reunion stars Lynn Whitfield + Lisa Arrindell 

Judith Service Montier + Egypt Sherrod

Keith Arthur Bolden + Omar Dorsey

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 

Kim Coles + Kim McNair 

SURPRISE!! BLFF’s Deidra McDonald picked up the Superstar Award

Eygpt Sherrod + Nicci Gilbert

Regina Belle and daughter + AARP’s Debra Tyler-Horton + Kim McNair 

Love Is creator Salim Akil + Imara Canady + guest

BLFF Filmmakers Muta Ali + Lisa Arrindell 

Stacii Jae Johnson + Regina Belle 

Actress DeEtta West 

AARP State Director Debra Tyler-Horton

 Screening Room ATL’s Khalimah Gaston

Omar Dorsey + Tina Lifford + Ayoka Chinzera

Roger M. Bobb + Samantha Vincent 

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UPDATE: Mykelti Williamson added to ‘Sunday Bruch with the Bros.’

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF) has added more star power to this weekend’s Sunday’s Brunch with the Brothers. Fences star Mykelti Williamson will join the conversation that is taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and is hosted by yours truly.

As previously mentioned, Sunday Brunch with the Brothers is an intimate gathering that puts a spotlight on African-American men in television and film who are making bold moves in their own unique way. Each “brother” also opens up about the numerous obstacles he’s faced in the entertainment industry.

Previously announced “brothers” include The Last O.G. star Allen Maldonado and iconic triple threat performer T.C. Carson.

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Photo Credit: BronzeLens Film Festival

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#UPFRONT featuring Latrice Pace, the cast of ‘Snowfall,’ BLFF + Jamal Ahmad (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

This week’s edition of UPFRONT features my red carpet interviews with the cast of John Singleton’s dramatic series, “Snowfall.” The show returns to FX for a second season beginning this Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m.

I also chat with actress and gospel music sensation Latrice Pace about starring in the Actor’s Express new production of “The Color Purple.” She also opens up about her new single, “Shadow” and her Broadway aspirations.

Kathleen Bertrand and Deidre McDonald from the BronzeLens Film Festival make a BIG announcement and closing out today’s show is WCLK’s Jamal Ahmad. He dropped in to chat about his new music and upcoming film, “Stepping into Tomorrow” and much more.

This week’s show is sponsored by The Actor’s Express production of The Color Purple playing now through July 29.

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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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#UPFRONT featuring Bill Duke, Bobby Huntley and John Marshall Jones (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Don’t forget to check out this past weekend’s edition of my radio show #UPFRONT. It featured interviews with legendary actor and filmmaker Bill Duke; emerging Atlanta filmmaker Bobby Huntley and veteran actor John Marshall Jones. All three of them had film projects during this past weekend’s BronzeLens Film Festival. In addition to talking about their films, they also shared words of wisdom for aspiring actors and filmmakers.

Ray Cornelius with Bobby Huntley 

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Greenleaf’s Lamman Rucker hosts ‘Brunch with the Brothers’ during #BLFF17 [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about #BlackMaleExcellence Sunday morning during BronzeLens Film Festival’s “Brunch with the Brothers.” The exclusive event took place at Atlanta’s historic Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and was hosted by “Greenleaf” star Lamman Rucker.  This year’s “brothers” included Lamman’s “Greenleaf” co-star Keith David, “Queen Sugar” stars Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett and E.Roger Mitchell of BET’s “The Quad.” 

“Brunch with the Brothers” is an intimate gathering that puts a spotlight on African American men in television and film who are making bold moves in their own unique way. Each “brother” opened up about the numerous obstacles they’ve faced as actors within the entertainment industry. They also talked candidly about character selection, career balance and finances, actors versus artists and the “ebbs and flows” of show business.


“If you study and if you go to school to learn your craft, you can make a living. It doesn’t mean you’re going to be rich,” said Keith David. “You can be on television show after television show, that don’t mean you’re going to be rich. But the skewed perspective is that if you appear on TV everybody’s mind is in your pocket because they don’t know what minimum salary is. What they also don’t know is that you’re being taxed on that as if you’re making that all year round and you’re making that for a job. So, it ain’t what it seems to be!”

The “brothers” also revealed some of their other arts and entertainment interests including creating, writing, directing and producing new content, being able to control the narrative of our stories and much more.

“I want to be a part of that movement that’s going on right now of us showing ourselves on television in ways that we all can relate to,” said Dorsey.

Following the conversation was a brief Q&A with the audience and personal photos.

Check out more images below:

Timon Kyle Durrett being interviewed for BronzeLens TV

BronzeLens’s Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand 

The Brothers (from l to r) Lamman Rucker, E. Roger Mitchell,

Keith David, Omar Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett

The Brothers with BronzeLen’s Artistic Director Deidra McDonald

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Ray Cornelius to host ATL Screening of “90 DAYS” during #BLFF17 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Please join me this Sunday, August 27 for the Atlanta screening of the powerful drama “90 Days.” The viewing will take place at the historic Plaza Theatre and is part of this weekend’s BronzeLens Film Fesitval’s “Cinema & Social Justice Sunday” Series.

A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, “90 Days” explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating.  Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris and Nic Few, “90 Days”  is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges.

“​90 Days” is written by Nathan Hale Williams and directed by Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte and is based on a true story.  It also stars stage and film actress Pauletta Washington, “Noah’s ARC” star Rodney Chester, Emmett Short, Collin Lee Ellis and “Empire” actress and singer V. Bozeman.

“90 Days” is executive produced by Jussie Smollett.

Check out the trailer below:

https://vimeo.com/193563311

The “90 Days” Atlanta Screening is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and theBLACK Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC).

Click here to RSVP and listen to #UPFRONT for more details!

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#BLFF17 to award Queen Latifah with IconSuperstar Award

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar-nominated actress, producer and award-winning entertainer—Queen Latifah—will be honored at this year’s Women Superstars Luncheon. The “Girls Trip” star will be recognized with the festival’s first ever IconSuperstar Award.  The annual ceremony will take place at Atlanta’s iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel and is one of the city’s most recognized and highly anticipated events.

The BronzeLens Women SuperStars Luncheon serves as an industry platform for interactive networking, social and professional engagement that inspires and informs women from all walks of life,” said Kathleen Bertrand, BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer.

Other previously announced honorees include award-winning director, writer and producer Neema Barnette, emerging filmmaker Nefertite Nguvu + actress, activist and theatre diva Crystal Fox.  Past recipients have included Margaret Avery, Terri J. Vaughn, Suzanne dePasse, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lynn Whitfield, Julie Dash, Cheryl Boone Issacs and Ava DuVernay.

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Photo Credit: BronzeLens.com

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#BLFF2017 Presents ‘Sisters in Song: Saluting the Music in Movies’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

“The Wiz,” “Lady Sings the Blues,” “Crooklyn” “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and “Shaft” are just a few of the movies whose timeless soundtracks will be performed during Sunday’s “Sisters In Song: Saluting the Music in the Movies.”

The BronzLens Film Festival #BLFF2017 event will take place at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at Morehouse College beginning at 5 p.m. and will feature some of Atlanta’s top vocalists including Theresa Hightower, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas, Brenda Nicole MoorerChandra Currelley, Pamela Dillard and BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand.

Make sure you tune into this Saturday’s edition of #UPFRONT to hear some of the songs that may be performed during the show. UPFRONT airs at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and on WCLK.com.

Click here to purchase your tickets and check out a tune that you will probably hear on Sunday. See you there!

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Ray Cornelius to host ATL Screening of “90 Days” during #BLFF17 (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It gives me extreme pleasure to announce that yours truly, Ray Cornelius, will be hosting the Atlanta screening of the powerful drama “90 Days.” The viewing will take on Sunday, August 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the historic Plaza Theatre and is part of the BronzeLens Film Fesitval‘s “Cinema & Social Justice Sunday” Series.

A riveting story of love, integrity and compassion, “90 Days” explores a beautiful couple’s relationship and their life altering decision after ninety days of dating.  Fueled with gripping performances by an extraordinary cast of actors led by Teyonah Parris and Nic Few, “90 Days”  is a groundbreaking cinematic piece of art that confronts the human experience of overcoming one of life’s greatest perceived challenges. “​90 Days” is written by Nathan Hale Williams and directed by Williams and Jennia Fredrique Aponte and is based on a true story.  It also stars stage and film actress Pauletta Washington, “Noah’s ARC” star Rodney Chester, Emmett Short, Collin Lee Ellis and “Empire” actress and singer V. Bozeman.

“90 Days” is executive produced by Jussie Smollett.

Check out the trailer below:

https://vimeo.com/193563311

The “90 Days” Atlanta Screening is presented by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and the BLACK Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC).

Click here to RSVP and listen to #UPFRONT for more details!

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#UPFRONT featuring BronzeLens Film Festival + the cast of “STEP”

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The season two opener of #UPFRONT aired this morning at 9 a.m. and featured the cast of the documentary film “STEP” as well as the BronzeLens Film Festival.

STEP” is a Sundance Film Festival winner that follows the lives of an all-female step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. These courageous girls are empowered by their teachers, teammates, counselors, coaches and families, as they chase their ultimate dreams: to win a step championship and to be accepted into college.

The film also takes viewers into the personal lives of three of the steppers—Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger and Tayla Solomon—and how family and faith play a big role in their overal success.  #UPFRONT will also talked to the girl’s step mistress, Gary “Coach G” McIntyre, their college counselor Paula Dofat and the film’s director Amanda Lipitz.

Closing out the show was the Executive Producer of the BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF), Kathleen Bertrand and the Festival’s Chairman of the Board, Tirrell Whittley. They talked about this year’s activities including the Women Superstars Luncheon, “All Shorts, All Day” and becoming an Oscar qualifying Festival.

We’ll also be played new music from saxophonist Mike Burton with vocalist Paula Champion and throwback sounds from Sweetback.

#UPFRONT is sponsored by the BronzeLens Film Festival.

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‘Queen Sugar’ + ‘The Quad’ + ‘Greenleaf’ stars to be featured at ‘Brunch with the Brothers’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The BronzeLens Film Festival is just around the corner and details about this year’s activities are slowing coming to light. One of the events that made a big splash last year was “Brunch with the Brothers.”

The event is described as “a moment to salute men in film and television who are making waves – each in his own way. Their paths to success have not been without challenges, some of them unique to men of color. The Sunday afternoon brunch includes hot coffee, delicious breakfast treats and hot conversation.”

This year’s “brothers” will include “Queen Sugar” star Omar J. Dorsey and Timon Kyle Durrett as well as the BET’s “The Quad” actor E. Roger Mitchell and “Greenleaf” star Keith David. More brothers will be added as we closer to the event.

Last year’s brunch featured actors Lamman Rucker, Tobias TruvillionCory Hardrict, Dorian Missick and was hosted by Rushion McDonald. 

Click here to purchase your tickets and see you there!

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