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TONIGHT: BETHER’s ‘One Crazy Christmas’ at 9 p.m. (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Christmas is coming a lil early on BETHER. Check out the trailer for their brand new holiday film One Crazy Christmas. It airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST.

Directed by Greg Carter, One Crazy Christmas, is about a successful, divorced attorney that must juggle her family and guests during a Christmas dinner when her daughter brings home her new fiancé, a man with whom she had a one-night stand.

The film stars Tammy Townsend, Sean Blakemore, Terri J. Vaughn, Carl Payne, Kiana Dancie, Anton Peoples and CAU alumnae Terri Abney.

Tell us what you think…

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Season 3 of Bounce TV’s ‘Mann & Wife’ airs TONIGHT at 9 p.m. EST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bounce TV’s hit comedy series “Mann & Wife” is back for a third season beginning TONIGHT at 9 p.m. followed by another hilariously funny episode at 9:30 p.m.

Gospel sensations—David Mann and Tamela Mann—star as newlyweds and second-chance sweethearts Daniel and Toni Mann – as they laugh and love their way through the ups and downs of life as a blended family, each with two children from previous marriages.

Also returning is Tony Rock is back as Daniel’s partner on the police force with Steven Wash (Daniel, Jr.), Amir O’Neil (Darren), Lauryn Kennedy Hardy (Terri) and Jadah Marie (Tosha) playing the Mann children. TV veteran Terri J. Vaughn joins the cast this season as Daniel’s new Lieutenant and will also direct a future episode.

This season sees hilarious takes on visiting family, mistaken identity, school pressure, phony health scares, an embarrassing email leak and even a 1970’s cop show spoof.

There will also be a number of guest stars appearing on the show including George Wallace, Antonio Fargas, Carl Payne, Victoria Rowell, Rod “Rod Man” Thompson, DC Youngfly, Blue Kimble, Vanessa Fraction and Brely Evans.

“Mann & Wife” co-creator Roger M. Bobb (House of Payne & The Rickey Smiley Show) serves as executive producer and director of the series.

Will you be watching “Mann & Wife” tonight?

Photo Credit: BounceTV

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Pharrell Williams & Janelle Monáe host Atlanta Premiere of ‘Hidden Figures’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy winning-superstar Pharrell Williams and Grammy nominated-singer turned actress Janelle Monáe hosted a very special Atlanta premiere of their upcoming film “Hidden Figures” on Wednesday night. The advanced screening was held at the Regal Atlantic Station and was followed by a private Soundtrack Listening Party at the Mean Street Music Studios in West Midtown.

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“Hidden Figures” tells the true story of mathematicians Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who all served as the brains behind America’s race against Russia to put a man in space. The women quickly rose the ranks of NASA and were known as “human computers.” The film features the extraordinary talents of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as the legendary trio. It also stars Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge as well as beloved Atlanta actresses Maria Howell, Karan Kendrick and Donna Biscoe.

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“Hidden Figures” is based on the upcoming book “Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race” written by Margot Lee Shetterly.  It was shot on various locations throughout the state of Georgia including historic Morehouse College and in the city of Morrow.

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A number of celebrities attended the post screening Soundtrack Listening Party including Grammy winning-hip hop star Ludacris, TV, film and stage actress Jasmine Guy, TV and film actor Carl Payne, “Married to Medicine” star Lisa Nicole Carson and her husband Dr. Darren Naugles, hip hop entertainer Jidenna and rapper Big K.R.I.T. The Soundtrack Listening Party was hosted by Atlanta’s own DJ Drama.

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“Hidden Figures” is definitely a MUST SEE for the holidays. The film not only tells the untold story of these courageous women but it really speaks to the power and resilience of African-American women. Not only did these divas contribute to the success of the NASA program but they were the forerunners and civil rights pioneers who helped integrate a system that was completely White male driven. I urge everyone to take their little brown girls (and boys) to see this film and witness greatness on the big screen. But more than that, take them to see faces that look like their own and revel in the glory of these unsung heroines. Much respect to Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe for their award deserving performances and much love to Pharrell Williams for putting his “magic touch” on the film’s soundtrack.

See more images + the new “Hidden Figures” trailer below:

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My Hidden FiguresKiwi The Beauty, Xaviera Bryant and Kim Ford

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Jasmine Guy rocking her vintage Prince Swag Bag

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The “Hidden Figures” Soundtrack features Lalah Hathaway & Kim Burrell

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Lisa Nicole Cloud & Dr. Darren Naugles 

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DJ Drama, Janelle Monáe and Pharrell Williams

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Carl Payne 

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Ludacris, Janelle Monáe, Pharrell Williams and Big K.R.I.T.

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Julian Lark (Kontrol Magazine), Kiwi The Beauty, Xaviera Bryant (Ice Cream Convos),

Kim Ford (Jubilee Magazine) and Ray Cornelius

“Hidden Figures” opens in limited theaters on
Christmas Day and nationwide on Jan. 6, 2017

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Bobby V, DC Young Fly & Lyfe Jennings star in BET’s ‘Hollywood Hearts’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the trailer for the upcoming romantic drama “Hollywood Hearts” starring Bobby V, Carl Payne and Lyfe Jennings. The film premieres on Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m. EST on BET.

According to the press release, “Hollywood Hearts” is about a music artist who’s engrossed with his music industry lifestyle and finds it difficult to give up his ways for the woman that he loves, the life he wants to build and the ego he can’t let go of. However, after a tragic turn of events and real friend interventions, he finds himself realizing that the industry will come and go but true love doesn’t come around but once in a lifetime.

Rounding out the cast of “Hollywood Hearts” is DC Young Fly, Benzino, Walnette Santiago, Patrice Fisher, Willie Hyn and Asia Sparks.

“Hollywood Hearts” is Directed, Written and Executive Produced by African-American visionaire Tangie B. Moore of Tier 2 Films. Since co-founding Tier 2 Films, Tangie has been able to ink several deals and placements with Discovery Studios, WEtv, EOne, Sprite, BET Entertainment/Viacom & Samsung.

Take a look below and tell us what you think!

Photo Credits: Tier 2 Films

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Spike Lee, Jermaine Dupri & others honored at ‘Triumph Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars aligned last night for The Triumph Awards. The private ceremony took place at the historic Tabernacle Concert Hall in the heart of downtown Atlanta, GA. Yours truly was in the building to capture all of the red carpet action.

img_8903The Triumph Awards are presented each year by Reverend Al Sharpton‘s National Action Network (NAN). The invitation only event recognizes distinguished individuals and corporations in civil rights, the arts, entertainment, education, business and sports. The show was taped before a live audience and will premiere on Sunday, October 2  at 7 p.m. EST on TV One.

This year’s honorees include hip hop superstar and music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs; legendary film director Spike Lee, music mogul Jermaine Dupri, Attorney Benjamin Crump, FedEx executive Gina Adams and Tim Murphy of Mastercard. “Survivor’s Remorse” actress and beloved TV and film star Tichina Arnold served as the host.

img_8765Celebrity presenters and performers that walk the red carpet included TV One President Brad Siegel, TV and film star Nick Cannon, R&B crooner Joe, “Survivor’s Remorse” star Erica Ash, TV and film star Larenz Tate, Grammy winner and RHOA Kandi Burruss, “Hollywood Divas” star Lisa Wu, “Queen Sugar” actor Dondre Whitfield, TV and film actor Carl Payne, “Empire” actress and music star V. Bozeman, “Survivor’s Remorse” actress Teyonah Parris, “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones, recording star BJ the Chicago Kid, WNBA star Angel McCoughtry, comedic actor JB Smoove, James Brown’s daughters Dr. Yamma and Deanna Brown-Thomas, “Saints and Sinners” star Clifton Powell, “Born For This” stars Juan and Deborah Joy Winans, gospel sensation Jekalyn Carr, TV and fashion personality Fonzworth Bentley, media maven Ebony Steele, Recording artist Cristina Quinones, TV and film star Pooch Hall,  TV and film actress Denise Boutte and the Mothers of the Movement: Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Gwen Carr (Eric Garner) and Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown).

Check out all of the photos below:

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Honoree Benjamin Crump

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Tichina Arnold 

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BJ the Chicago Kid

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Deborah Joy Winans and Juan Winans 

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Larenz Tate 

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Teyonah Parris 

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Nick Cannon 

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V. Bozeman

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Pooch Hall 

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Tichina Arnold throwing up the Lupus advocate sign

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Brad Siegel with Kandi Burruss

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Fonzworth Bentley and his wife Faune Bentley

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April Parker Jones 

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Joe

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Kandi Burruss

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Dondre Whitfield

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Honoree Gina Adams FedEx Corporation 

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Carl Payne 

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Ebony Steele 

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JB Smoove 

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Cristina Quinones

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Rev. Al Sharpton playing with Tichina‘s gown

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Honoree Tim Murphy Mastercard 

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Erica Ash

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Honoree Benjamin Crump and his mother

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Clifton Powell and guests

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Bart Phillips and guest

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Dr. Yamma Brown and Deanna Brown-Thomas

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Denise Boutte

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Carl Payne and Dondre Whitfield

aka “Cockroach” and “Robert” from “The Cosby Show”

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Lisa Wu and guest

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Music mogul Michael Mauldin

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Jekalyn Carr

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and Rev. Al Sharpton sharing a laugh on the red carpet

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The Mothers of the Movement ~ Gwen Carr (Eric Garner),

Leslie McSpadden (Mike Brown) and Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin)

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Faith Evans, Tamar Braxton, Stevie J and more attend Kelly Price’s Birthday Party [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

R&B diva Kelly Price kicked off her birthday weekend Friday night at Atlanta’s Gold Room. The six-time Grammy nominated singer and former reality star was all smiles when she arrived in her fitted leather dress with a splash of green in her cropped curls.

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Tamar and Trina Braxton

A number of Kelly’s close friends and industry associates came out to support her including singers Faith Evans, Nicci Gilbert, Dave HollisterTamar and Trina Braxton, hip-hop icons MC Lyte and Yo-Yo as well as LeLee from SWV. Atlanta’s own soul music stars Algebra Blessett and Anthony David were also spotted along with philanthropist Bo Talley, actor Carl Payne and media personality Juicy.

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 James Wright Chanel admiring Kelly Price’s green hair

Kelly’s “Saints & Sinners” castmates Jasmine Burke and Clifton Powell were in attendance along with Love and Hip Hop Atlanta’s Stevie J, who is also one of the producers for her upcoming album. Actresses Kayla Pratt, Kellita Smith and Vanessa Williams, who are in town shooting a film for TV One, also stopped by to show their support as well as actor Mel Chude, music artist KiNG EDward and Patti’s Pies singer James Wright Chanel.

Check out all of the photos below:

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Faith Evans 

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Kelly Price taking a selfie with Algebra Blessett

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Kayla Pratt and Kellita Smith

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Kelly Price enjoying the party

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MC Lyte giving Kelly greetings from the DJ booth

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Carl Payne

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Nicci Gilbert with Stevie J and his son

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Vanessa Williams 

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Bo Talley

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Juicy

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Jasmine Burke / Kelly’s sister

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KiNG EDward

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Mel Chude

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Happy Birthday Kelly Price!!!!!!!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Celebs attend ATL Preview of WEtv’s ‘Selling It In the ATL’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of attending the advanced screening of WEtv’s newest reality series, Selling It In the ATL.  The one-hour series follows seven diverse female professionals who are changing the face of Atlanta real estate.  In an industry once dominated by men, these women use their business acumen and large-than-life personalities to close major deals amidst the booming Atlanta housing economy.

Cast members include Chrishena Stanley, A’lana Banks, Sarah Lowe, Okevia Wilson, Tahlia BrownGwen Moss and Jae Christian. The show is executive produced by Carlos King and RHOA star Sheree Whitfield. 

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Sheree Whitfield with Carlos King

The event took place at the Rich Auditorium at the Woodruff Art Center and was attended by a who’s who of Atlanta celebrities including RHOA stars Kandi Burruss, Cynthia Bailey, and Phaedra Parks. Former RHOA stars Claudia Jordan and Demetria McKinney were also present.

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Egypt Sherrod talking to the ladies after the show

Fashion stylist Tameka Raymond was in the house along with the cast of WEtv’s Cutting It in the ATL-Beautii J, Maja Sly, Mushiya Tshikuka, Dedra Allen and LaKenya Morris. Actors Crystal Fox, T.C. Carson, and Carl Payne were also seen on the red carpet as well as LHHATL’s  Momma Dee, Married to Medicine star Dr. Heavenly Kimes and more.  HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod served as host.

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T.C. Carson with Crystal Fox

“Atlanta is a flourishing city, rich with diverse personalities and compelling stories for WE tv to showcase,” said Marc Juris, WE tv’s president.  “So many of our originals including Cutting It, Braxton Family Values and Mary Mary have ties to the Atlanta community, which has helped us cultivate a loyal audience in the market.  Selling It is a great addition to our slate and helps further our commitment to stories about all kinds of relationships — in this case a group of friends and frenemies set against the high-pressure work environment of real estate.”

Check out all of the photos below:

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Egypt Sherrod with ATL’s Social Buttefly Kimberly Clark and friend

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Tahlia Brown and Gwen Moss

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A’lana Banks  and Okevia Wilson 

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Chrishena Stanley

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Kandi Bururss and Phaedra Parks 

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Demetria McKinney

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Tameka Raymond with Cynthia Bailey/Claudia Jordan and friend

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ATL Media Personality Karyn Greer (left) and friend

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Carl Payne and DJ Fadelf

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Dr. Heavenly Kims and Drea Kelly

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Mushiya Tshikuka and Beautii J

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Maja Sly and LaKenya Morris

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Dedra Allen 

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Momma Dee and Carla Campbell 

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Jasmine Burke 

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Gocha Hawkins and Melissa Knowles 

Check out the clip below:

Selling It In the ATL premieres Thursday, November 5 at 10 p.m. EST

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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R. Kelly Celebrates Birthday with T.I., Keri Hilson, Phaedra Parks & More [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Last night, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, R. Kelly received the ultimate birthday gift when DeVyne Stephens surprised Kelly with a private birthday celebration in Atlanta and premiered Kelly’s latest single ‘Birthday’ to the VIP guests.

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Upon arrival guests mingled, enjoyed complimentary cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music from DJ King. Upon Kelly’s arrival, instructions came over the mic to prepare the crowd for the grand surprise. Stephens sneakily lead Kelly through the back entrance of the restaurant to the main diningroom where the crowd erupted and DJ King premiered Kelly’s latest single, ‘Birthday.’

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Next, a sea of female models escorted Kelly to his private section where family and friends gathered for a birthday cake presentation moments later. The party continued as guests vibed to more of Kelly’s latest and greatest hits in celebration of the King of R&B.  Over 300 guests came out to celebrate with the King of R&B at the new Time Restaurant and Lounge in Midtown, Atlanta.

Notable guests in attendance included:

T.I.T.I. – Hip-Hop Artist
Kwanza Hall – Atlanta City Councilman
Tameka Raymond – VH1’s Atlanta Exes
Phaedra Parks – Bravo’s RHOA
Marcus Stroud – Retired NFL Player
Mishon Ratliff – Singer/Songwriter/Actor
Erica Dixon – VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta
Keri Hilson – Singer/Songwriter
Ebony Steele – TV/Radio Personality
Tyler Lepley – The Have and the Have Nots
Mimi Faust – VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta
Bobby V – R&B Singer/Songwriter

 Check out more photos below:

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Times Restaurant and Lounge is located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta

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R. Kelly with DeVyne Stephens

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 MiMi Faust with Mishon Ratliff, Claudia Jordan and Tyler Lepley

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Another look at Times Restaurant and Lounge

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R. Kelly with Bobby V

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Phaedra Parks with Kwanza Hall

Photo Credits: Prince Williams/ATLpics.net

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FIRST LOOK at UP’s ‘Marry Us for Christmas ‘[PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

UP has release FIRST LOOK photos from its upcoming original holiday romantic comedy, “Marry Us for Christmas.” It’s a sequel to last year’s “Marry Me for Christmas” and stars Malinda Williams, Karon Riley, Victoria Rowell, and Marques Houston as the Christmas couples. The film also reunites Rowell with her long-time “Young and the Restless” co-star Kristoff St. John.

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Malinda Williams with Victoria Rowell

It’s a year after Marci Jewel (Williams) and Blair Kirkland (Riley) declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she’s had no time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit Marci has held back from Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston (Carl Payne). Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie Chandler Jewel (Rowell) is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio Simpson (Houston), who is more than a little smitten with her — and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet – whose wedding will it be? Naturally, the festivities wouldn’t be complete without family, including Marci’s Uncle Donald (GregAlan Williams), Aunt Myra (DeEtta West), Aunt Elizabeth (Chrystale Wilson), Charlene (Dawn Halfkenny) and Antonio’s uncle Lawrence Simpson (St. John).

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Victoria Rowell with Marques Houston

Produced by Atlanta-based Swirl Films, the film is directed by first-time director Drue Powell from a screenplay by executive producer Rhonda Freeman-Baraka (UP’s Marry Me for Christmas and Trinity Goodheart). “Marry US for Christmas” make its world television premiere on UP on Sunday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. EST / 6:00 p.m. PST.

Check out more photos below:

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Kristoff St. John

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Malinda Williams

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Victoria Rowell, Chrystale Wilson and DeEtta West

Photo Credits: UPtv.com

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ATL Stars attend Exclusive Screening of ‘Drumline: A New Beat’ [PHOTOS]

l to r: Lisa Arrindell Anderson, BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand and Jasmine Burke

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Thursday night the BronzeLens Film Festival hosted an exclusive premiere for the highly anticipated VH1 Original movie, Drumline: A New Beat.  The red carpet screening took place in Atlanta at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema and was attended by the film’s director Bille Woodruff and cast members Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Jasmine Burke and Big Tigger.  Also in attendance were Renee Lawless (The Have and The Have Nots), Chanita Foster (Football Wives), Keshia Knight-Pulliam, John Grant (100 Black Men Atlanta), Rob Hayes (model), Carl Payne (Martin) and Don Roberts, executive band coordinator.

Drumline: A New Beat  stars Alexandra Shipp as Danielle (Dani) Bolton an upper-class Brooklyn girl who defies her parents in order to attend Atlanta A&T so she can join – and revitalize – their once-prominent drumline. Dani’s quest to become the first female section leader of the drumline in the school’s history will be hampered by upperclassmen (including her cousin, Tyree); her feelings for fellow band mate and rival, Jayven; and the school’s crosstown rivals. Rounding out the cast is Letoya LuckettJordan CallowayJeff PierreLeonard Roberts and Scott Shilstone. Executive producer, Nick Cannon makes a cameo appearance as his memorable character, Devon Miles.

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Carl Payne and Jasmine Burke

For actress Jasmine Burke, starring in the sequel is a full circle moment considering she was an extra in the original film. “This is amazing especially because I was an extra in Drumline. Fast forward to ten years later and I’m co-starring in Drumline 2. It’s been both nostalgic and inspiring all at the same time,” said Burke.

Drumline: A New Beat  was initially supposed to be shot in New Orleans.  However, director Bille Woodruff wanted to bring the story back to Atlanta, giving the sequel a direct connection to the first movie.

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“I switched locations because I really wanted to shoot the film in Atlanta. (LOL) I love the ATL and wanted the sequel to feel a lot like the first film. I also wanted people to see some familiar places like, ‘OMG, that’s the same band room.’ I also shot scenes in the same Quad area too. I did do some new things as well but I really wanted a strong connection to the first film and I believe I achieved that,” said Woodruff.

Drumline: A New Beat airs this Monday, October 27 at 9p.m. on VH1

Check out photos from the red carpet below:

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The Have and the Have Nots star Renee Lawless

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Big Tigger and Keshia Knight-Pulliam/Lisa Arrindell Anderson

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Don Roberts and guest/John Grant of 100 Black Men Atlanta

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Model Rob Hayes

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Football Wives stars Chanita Foster

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie

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Free and Brian Hooks to host Centric’s all new, ‘ACCORDING TO HIM + HER’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Centric is excited to announce the return of ACCORDING TO HIM + HER next month, but that’s not all!

Stepping in for the all-new season is audience favorite, Free and actor/comedian Brian Hooks who are confirmed to keep the flow flawless as hosts!  When it comes to the world of gender differences, there seems to be one thing men and women can agree on: she has her rules and he has his. ACCORDING TO HIM + HER jumps head first into a “he said, she said” battle about relationships, marriages, friendships, dating and sex. ACCORDING TO HIM + HER premieres Friday, July 11th at 9PM ET on Centric.

him + herIn addition to the new hosts, the all new ACCORDING TO HIM + HER introduces a couple of fresh components.  Centric has enlisted six celebrities to reenact the scenarios being discussed during the show. Golden Brooks (Girlfriends), Carl Payne (Cosby Show, Martin), Clifton Powell (Ray, Dead Presidents), Toccara (America’s Next Top Model), Tank (Preacher’s Kid, TGT) and Quinton Aaron (Blindside) will team up to give a visual of the hilarious debate at hand.

Each episode will culminate with the “perfect mix of the day.” Innovatively coined by a cast member and created by our resident mixologist, the “perfect mix of the day” cools down all of the heated discussion with a signature cocktail that embodies the tone of the topics discussed during the episode.

Will you be watching ACCORDING TO HIM+ HER?

Photo Credits: BET.com

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ATL Stars attend Red Carpet Premiere of ‘Captain America’ (PHOTOS)

Marvel’s Nate Moore with Anthony Mackie

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Monday night acclaimed actor Anthony Mackie took over Atlanta! He stopped through town to promote his upcoming film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  In this film, Mackie portrays the iconic character “The Falcon,” which was Marvel’s fist mainstream African American comic book Superhero. The character made its debut in 1969, and Mackie is proud to represent this hero for a new generation!

Along with Marvel’s Vice President of Production and Development, Nate Moore, Anthony Mackie made several appearances. He also hosted a special screening of the film for local fans and influencers including RHOA’s  Porsha Williams and Cynthia Bailey, R&B Divas  Meelah Williams and LaTavia Roberson. Also in attendance were actors Carl Payne and Brad James, Atlanta Exes’ Tameka Raymond and Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s Shay Johnson.

Check out the photos below:

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Celebrity Chef Mali Hunter with Dish Nation’s HeadKrack

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Singer Trevor Jackson / LHHATL’s Shay Johnson

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RHOA Porsha Williams /actor Carl Payne

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Nate Moore with Anthony Mackie/Porsha Williams & Sheneka Adams

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Brad James and RainDrop Lopes/Atlanta Exes’ Tameka Raymond with guest

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LHHATL’s  Shay Johnson

Photo Credits: LMcCullough Photography and LiquidSoul

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Keke Wyatt throws a ‘Fan Appreciation’ Party and debuts new singles (PHOTOS)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

R&B Diva  star Keke Wyatt hosted a “Fan Appreciation” Party last night in support of a new EP. The free mixer and performance was held at the 200 Peachtree event space in downtown Atlanta and was attended by new a number of Wyatt’s celebrity friends including Da Brat, Bobby V, Carl Payne, Derek J, Mimi Faust, Demetria McKinney and Rickey Smiley Morning Show co-hosts Juicy and Gary with the T.

Wyatt’s family and TV show cast mates were also on the scene including Syleena Johnson, Angie Stone, Monifah and newly installed diva Meelah Williams, former lead singer of the 90’s group 702. All of the ladies appeared to be in full support of Wyatt’s new music as she performed the songs for the very first time.

“I hope I remember my words,” said Wyatt as she smiled from ear to ear.

After the first selection, Wyatt thanked all of her fans for their continued support of her career over the years and encouraged them to pick up the new project when it debuts on April 14. The event was taped for a future Season 3 episode of R&B Divas.

Check out the photos below of Wyatt’s performance and from the red carpet:

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R&B Divas: Syleena Johnson, Meelah, Monifah and Angie Stone

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 Hip-Hop artist Da Brat/Kaleena of Diddy’s Dirty Money with guest

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 So So Def singer Dondria/Fashion Queens’ star Derek J

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Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s Mimi Faust/Gary with the T & young rapper Torion

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Singer and actress Demetria McKinney/Juicy and Gary with the T

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Former En Vogue member Amanda Cole/Hip-Rock artist Reindrop Lopes

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Monifah & Syleena Johnson/Angie Stone & guest

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The R&B Divas and Wyatt’s family enjoying her performance

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Keke Wyatt

 Photo Credits: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com

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Malinda Williams & Brad James host preview for ‘Marry Me…’ (PHOTOS)

The Cast of Marry Me For Christmas/Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com

Written by | Ray Cornelius

UP, “America’s Christmas Channel,” held a preview party for its newest original holiday drama titled, Marry Me for Christmas  last night at Café Circa in Atlanta. The event was hosted by the film’s lead actors Malinda Williams of Soul Food  fame along with Brad James from Tyler Perry’s For Better of Worse.

The movie airs this coming Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7p.m. with encores at 9p.m. and 11:00p.m. and on UPTV’s sister channel, ASPiRE on Sunday, December 15 at 8p.m.

As previously reported Marry Me For Christmas  stars Williams as Marci Jewel, the stylish owner of a New York City ad agency who has managed to put marriage and motherhood on hold for her career. However, with pressure from her family to come home for the holidays and a deadline looming for a new client, Marcy drags her employee Adam (James) home to Atlanta and does the only thing she can do in the face of ailing mother (Victoria Rowell) and nosy relatives: fake a fiancé. While at home, Marcy learns some unexpected lessons about love, trust and family, particularly when it comes to her new faux fiancé Adam and old beaux Blair.

The film also stars Jason Weaver, Tamara Bass, Karon Riley, Carl Payne, GregAlan Williams, Victoria Rowell, Deeta West and Chrystale Wilson.

Check out some photos below from last night’s party:

Up with Malinda and Brad

 Brad Siegel, Vice Chairman of UP, Malinda Williams and Brad James

Brad James Malinda Williams

 Brad James and Malinda Williams 

Jasmine, Malinda and Anisa

 Jasmine Burke, Malinda Williams and  Anisa Nyellij

Cast with VC of UP

 Chrystale Wilson, Malinda Williams, Brad Siegel, Brad James, Deeta West and Tamara Bass

Karon Joseph Riley Brad with Malinda2

 Karon Joseph Riley/Brad James with Malinda Williams

Brad, Malinda and Karon

 Malinda Williams with leading men Brad James and Karon Joseph Riley

 Up Malinda ASPiRE

Brad Siegel, Malinda Williams and Paul Butler, GM of ASPiRE Network

RC with Crystale RC with actor

RC with actors Chrystal Wilson and RonReaco Lee

Terri J. Vaughn RC with Malinda1

Terri J. Vaughn with Brad James/RC with Malinda Williams

Malinda, Brad and Rhonda

Malinda Williams, Brad James and Rhonda F. Baraka, writer & exec. producer

Photo Credit: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com