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BET+ adds Tyler Perry’s ‘Bruh’ and ‘Ruthless’

BET+ is adding two original Tyler Perry productions to its robust programming roster—Tyler Perry’s Bruh and Tyler Perry’s Ruthless. The news comes on the heels of Perry’s hit series The Oval claiming the #1 spot as the new scripted series for general market P18-49 for all of cable TV.

“I’m so grateful for the millions of fans who have been watching the new shows on BET. And this is only the beginning. I’m excited to bring these two new dynamic series to the BET+ family and continue to tell stories of high stakes drama with emerging talent,” said Tyler Perry.

Tyler Perry’s Bruh is a comedy that will unravel the stereotypes of African American men and manage to maintain their brother-like relationships, while finding love and fulfilling careers. It stars Barry Brewer (“Games People Play”) playing John Watts, Mahdi Cocci (“The Gifted”) playing Tom Brooks, Phillip Mullings Jr. (“American Soul”) playing Mike Alexander, Monti Washington (“Games People Play”) playing Bill Frazier, Chandra Currelley (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”) playing Alice Watts, Candice Renee (“BODIED”) playing Regina and Alyssa Goss (“The Bobby Brown Story”) playing Pamela.

Tyler Perry’s Ruthless is a new one-hour drama about a young woman who becomes entangled in a scandalous cult of powerful sex crazed fanatics, who she must now play along with until she can find a way to free herself and her young daughter. It features Melissa L. Williams (“Tyler Perry’s The Oval”) as Ruth Truesdale, Matt Cedeño, (“Power”) as The Highest, Lenny Thomas (“The Blacklist”) as Dikhan, Yvonne Senat Jones (“The Bobby Brown Story”) as Tally, Baadja-Lyne Odums (“This is us”) as Marva, Jaime Callica (“Unreal”) as Brian, Nirine S. Brown (“Wicked: The Musical”) as Lynn, Blue Kimble (“Being Mary Jane”) as Andrew, Stephanie Charles (“The Paynes”) as Sarah, Herve Clermont (“One Life To Live”) as Mack, Anthony Bless (“Tyler Perry’s Sistas”) as Malcolm Green and Bobbi Baker James (“House of Payne”) as Cynthia.

 Principal photography for Tyler Perry’s Ruthless is underway at Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.

“Our landmark partnership with Tyler Perry is off to a fantastic start with the breakout success of The Oval, the #1 new scripted series on cable, and Sistas,” said Scott Mills, President of BET Networks “We’re thrilled that Tyler has created these two exciting new series exclusively for our rapidly growing streaming service, BET+. Bruh and Ruthless will join BET+’s other hit original series, including Tracy Oliver’s First Wives Club, Will Packet’s Bigger and BET’s American Gangster, and allow us to continue to super-serve our subscribers’ demand for premium original African American content.”

Stay tuned…

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Watch New Trailer for ‘Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Madea is back at it again in Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral. The new trailer was released just in time for Halloween along with teaser posters and more.

“A joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as MADEA and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets.”

A Madea Family Funeral stars Tyler Perry, Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Ciera Payton, Joel Rush, David Otunga, Kj Smith, Jen Harper, Chandra Currelley, Courtney Burrell and more.
Rumor has it, this is the last “Madea” film as Perry will be retiring the character in a new stage production. Stay tuned for that!

Watch the trailer below:

A Madea Family Funeral opens in theaters on March 1, 2019.

 

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RC attends ‘Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz Greatest Divas’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Dianne Reeves, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Shirley Horn were just a few of the iconic singers that were honored on this past Sunday evening during Kathleen Bertrand‘s musical extravaganza “Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz Greatest Divas.”  The event was presented by RLK Events and took place at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center at historic Morehouse College.

Every March, Bertrand celebrates Women’s History Month by enlisting some of Atlanta’s best jazz, soul and R&B singers for one fantastic evening of music. This year’s performers included chart-topping singer-songwriter Rhonda Thomas; UK Soul vocalist Julie Dexter; R&B singer and actress Chandra Currelley, accomplished jazz singer and actress Theresa Hightower, classically trained vocalist Pamela Dillard and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Dionne Farris.

Songs performed this time around included such classics as Oleta Adam‘s “New York State of Mind,” Anita Baker‘s “Been So Long,” Billie Holiday‘s “God Bless the Child,” Shirley Horn‘s “Here’s to Life,” Nina Simone‘s “I Put a Spell on You,” and Angela Bofill‘s “I Try.” Thomas, Currelley and Bertrand also performed some of their own original songs.

This year’s event was emceed by Atlanta media maven Angela Robinson.

Take a look at my best shots below:

JULIE DEXTER

RHONDA THOMAS

CHANDRA CURRELLEY

DIONNE FARRIS

KATHLEEN BERTRAND

PAMELA DILLARD 

THERESA HIGHTOWER

JAZZ DIVAS WITH ANGELA ROBINSON

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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RC attends preview of ‘Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

I had the unique pleasure of attending a “first look” performance of Mark E. Swinton‘s new musical production, “Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” this past Friday evening and all I can say is “hold on to your seats, you’re in for a wild ride.” The exclusive viewing took place at the spectacular Tyler Perry Studios and stars “The Paynes” actress Cassi Davis along with “Saints and Sinners” actor Clifton Powell.

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” is a hilarious tale of Sugarbread Robinson (Tony Hightower), an a L.A. musician who decides to journey back to his hometown of Moncks Corner, South Carolina to find some inspiration for his new music project. Robinson also plans to surprise his family by proposing to his Puerto Rican fiancée, Alejandra Perez (Claudette Ortiz). However, shenanigans ensue when Alejandra’s is delayed by two days and the family thinks that Robinson’s best friend, Ronald Perez (Benjamin D. Sims) is actually his lover. It’s a modern take on the classic, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” with a twist.

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” also features stage, film and singing star Chandra Currelley as the gossiping Sister Helen Moore, gospel music sensation Zebulon Ellis as the holier than thou Deacon James, Durrell Lyons as Feldman, Wes Lee as Prince and CAU Alum Deance’ Wyatt as Stan the mailman.

A number of Atlanta notables were in attendance including Tyler Perry, “The Have and the Have Nots” actress Crystal Fox, Joel Rush from “If Loving You is Wrong,” media maven Karyn Greer and radio personality/comedienne Wanda Smith.

Swinton is an award-winning writer, director, producer and playwright. He is the assistant director behind Perry’s hit stage productions and has served as the producer for Perry’s OWN series—“The Haves and the Have Nots,” “Love Thy Neighbor,” “For Better or Worse,” “If Loving You Is Wrong” and TLC’s “Too Close to Home.”

“Guess Who Showed Up at Dinner?” will debut in February 2018!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com and Instagram/Joel Rush

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ATL singers salute the ‘Music in the Movies’ for #BLFF17 [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Some of the biggest names in Atlanta’s jazz and soul music scene took to the stage this past weekend as part of a salute to the “Music in the Movies.” The fundraising event was the “unofficial” kick-off of the 2017 BronzeLens Film Festival and took place at the Ray Charles Performing Arts Center on the campus of Morehouse College.

Award-winning vocalists and actresses—Kathleen Bertrand, Julie Dexter, Pamela Dillard, Rhonda Thomas, Chandra Currelley, Theresa Hightower and Brenda Nicole Moorer—all performed classic tunes from such memorable films as “The Wiz,” “The Color Purple,” “Claudine,” “Whats Love Got to Do With It,” “The Bodyguard” and “Lady Sings the Blues.”

The evening was also emceed by Atlanta media maven and “A Seat at the Table” co-host Monica Pearson, who performed her very own bluesy rendition of Lena Horne‘s “Stormy Weather. ” She also shared fun and interesting facts with the audience about the songs, the songwriters, the movies and the actors.

Check out my best images below and click here for more information about the BronzeLens Film Festival which begins today through Sunday, August 27:

JULIE DEXTER

THERESA HIGHTOWER

KATHLEEN BERTRAND

PAMELA DILLARD

BRENDA NICOLE MOORER

MONICA PEARSON

RHONDA THOMAS

CHANDRA CURRELLEY

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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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WATCH New Teaser Trailer for ‘BOO 2! A Madea Halloween’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

SHE’S BACK!

Check out the new teaser trailer for “BOO 2! A Madea Halloween.” Lionsgate released this earlier today along with the film’s official poster and first look images.

In “BOO 2!,” Madea (Tyler Perry), Bam (Cassi Davis) and Hattie (Patrice Lovely) head to a haunted campground and must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. The sequel also reunites other original cast members including Diamond White, Brock O’Hurn, Yousef Erakat, Jc Caylen plus Chandra Currelley-Young.

“BOO” enjoyed major success last year and was number one at the box office two weekends in a row with a $74 million-dollar worldwide box office.

When I talked to Davis in January for #UPFRONT, she opened up about how much she enjoyed doing the first movie, so I know this is one is going to be even funnier.

“BOO 2! A Madea Halloween” opens in theaters October 20, 2017:

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Brenda Nicole Moorer, Cleveland P. Jones & more play #AJF40 [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Take a look at more great photos from Sunday’s Atlanta Jazz Festival. I had so much fun on Saturday evening capturing images of Macy Gray that I had to go back and get some shots of music’s rising stars Brenda Nicole Moorer and Cleveland P. Jones.

Jones performed on the Contemporary Stage and wowed the audience with such classic tunes as Duke Ellington‘s “Round Midnight” as well as his hit single, “Patience.” Jones is the “embodiment of soul and jazz” and has opened for such music legends as Chaka Khan.

Cleveland P. Jones

Moorer performed tunes from her Brand New Heart album on the Next Generation Stage. She began her set with “Re-Imagined” and then into the album’s title song, “Brand New Heart” and a sultry rendition of Michael Jackson‘s “I Can’t Help It.” Moorer is also an actress and accomplished photographer who has worked as an arts advocate while cultivating her career as a singer. She has performed with such Atlanta artists as Mausiki Scales and Khari Cabral Simmons.

Brenda Nicole Moorer

Because a lot of the artists where playing at the same time, I had to leave Brenda’s set to scurry over to see Julie Dexter‘s performance. Unfortunately, I got there when she was singing her last song but I was able to get a few shots. Dexter is best known as the “Queen of U.K. Soul” and for her amazing mix of jazz with Bossa-Nova and Afro-Beats. She has also performed alongside such musical superstars as Mint Condition, Jill ScottLedisi, Lalah Hathaway, Maxi Priest and Omar. She was also on the cover of this weekend’s Creative Loafing Atlanta, which paid homage to the 40th Anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

Julie Dexter

After Julie’s set, I hurried over to the Legends Stage to capture images of Kathleen Bertrand and Friends as they paid tribute to iconic jazz vocalist—Sarah Vaughn. Bertrand called upon six of the ATL’s best jazz divas to help her performed songs made famous by Vaughn, who was also known as “Sassy” and “Divine One.” The singers included Rhonda Thomas, Chandra Currelley, Myrna Clayton, Laura Coyle, Toni Redd and Robin Latimore with musical direction by Phil Davis. Songs performed during this set included “Fever,” “Send in the Clowns” and “Whatever Lola Wants.”

Kathleen Bertrand and Friends

I also got a chance to hang out with some of my close friends afterwards for an impromtu photoshoot and much more. See those images and additional pics of the artists’ performances and candid shots throughout the Atlanta Jazz festival below:

Atlanta’s Jazz Station—Jazz 91.9 WCLK—was broadcasting throughout the day

WCLK’s Jay Edwards talking during the live remote broadcast

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Jay EdwardsToni Redd

Ray Cornelius with Dr. Judith Crocker-Billingsley

Dope art from HIECUEART

CLEVELAND P. JONES

BRENDA NICOLE MOORER

Dashill A. Smith

Art work from Kolongi Brathwaite

Larmarrous Shirley, Carlton Hargrove and Jason Orr

WCLK 91.9’s Mark Angel

Julie Dexter 

Singers Kemba CofieldJulie Dexter 

Hey Leatrice Ellzy

KATHLEEN BERTRAND and FRIENDS

RHONDA THOMAS

MYRNA CLAYTON

CHANDRA CURRELLEY

ROBIN LATIMORE

LAURA COYLE

TONI REDD

KATHLEEN BERTRAND

IMPROMPTU PHOTOSHOOT

Thomas Harrison

Kim Ford of Jubilee Mag

Darius McNair

Ray Cornelius 

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Kathleen Bertrand presents ‘Sisters in Song’ featuring Chandra Currelley, Julie Dexter and more!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to celebrate the triumphs of amazing women than through music. Well, that’s exactly what Atlanta jazz singer Kathleen Bertrand is planning to do. The award winning performer is teaming up with five of the city’s top jazz performers for an evening that will pay tribute to the greatest voices of the music genre.

“Sisters in Song” is a salute to jazz divas and will include music pulled from the songbooks of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Nancy Wilson, Nina Simone, Dianne Reeves and Lena Horne.

Joining Bertrand on the evening’s bill is Chandra Currelley, Julie Dexter, Pamela Dillard, Rhonda Thomas and Theresa Hightower.

It all goes down on Sunday, March 19 at 5 p.m. at the acoustically superb Ray Charles Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Morehouse College.

“Sisters in Song” is a Benefit in support of the Spelman College Reunion Class of 1973 and is produced by RLK Events and Kathleen Bertrand in collaboration with the Morehouse College Department of Music.

Click here to purchase tickets!

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Maria Howell, Chandra Currelley and more perform to benefit ‘Students Without Mothers’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Jazz vocalist Maria Howell and some of her music industry friends came together Sunday night to help benefit the Atlanta-based Students Without Mothers. The “Season of Soul” Concert was held at the SCADShow and featured the “Saints & Sinners” actress along with TV, stage and music star Chandra Currelley, UK’s Queen of Soul Julie Dexter, teen sensation NaDej K. Bailey, singer-songwriter C. Lei Boss Lady, WCLK 91.9’s RivaBlue and BMI Independent Songwriter Gabbie McGee.

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Chandra Currelley and Kathleen Bertrand

Students Without Mothers is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping high school students without mothers, help themselves by empowering them to continue their education. The organization’s main purpose is to provide scholarships for college bound high school seniors who are without their mothers, due to death or other unfortunate circumstances.

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NaDej K. Bailey and Maria Howell singing “My Guy”

The evening began with greetings from Students Without Mother’s Board Chair Renee Alston. Howell, who has been serving the organization for the last seven years, kicked-off the performances with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Bailey, who stars in “Almost Christmas” performed Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Time is Here” and a duet of the Mary Wells tune “My Guy” with Howell. RivaBlue performed a sultry and sassy version of “Jingle Bells” while C. Lei Boss Lady performed an original tune “Make Me Whole” and a duet of “Winter Wonderland” with Howell.

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Julie Dexter performing “Little Drummer Boy”

Dexter hit the stage with her own unique version of “The Little Drummer Boy.” McGee performed her original tune “Mississippi’s Daughter” and the Christmas staple “Peace on Earth.” Currelley, who is the former lead vocalist for the S.O.S Band, performed “My Favorite Things” and her hit single “Love Again,” from Tyler Perry‘s “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.” The ladies closed out the show with “O Holy Night” and the Donny Hathaway classic “This Christmas.” “Greenleaf” actor Keith David was spotted in the audience along with jazz singer and BronzeLens Film Festival Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand.

Check out more photos below and click here to donate to Students Without Mothers:

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Renee Alston

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NaDej K. Bailey performing Charlie Brown’s “Christmas Time is Here”

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RivaBlue performing “Jingle Bells”

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C. Lei Boss Lady performing her original tune “Make Me Whole”

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Gabbie McGee singing “Mississippi’s Daughter”

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Chandra Currelley performing “My Favorite Things”

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The ladies singing “This Christmas”

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Chandra Currelley, Keith David, Kathleen Bertrand and RivaBlue

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Chandra Currelley and NaDej K. Bailey

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Keith David with RivaBlue

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Gabbie McGee with Maria Howell and Chandra Currelley

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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RC attends the ATL Premiere of ‘Born For This: The BeBe Winans Story’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was a family affair Saturday night as the entire Winans clan and Jim Bakker gathered for the world premiere of BeBe Winans new musical “Born For This.” The show is playing now thru May 15 at Atlanta’s famed Alliance Theatre at the Woodruff Art Center.

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BeBe Winans

The two-hour musical follows gospel singing brother and sister duo, BeBe and CeCe Winans as they join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Praise The Lord (PTL) Network television show. The Winans teenagers become not only television celebrities, they also become like adopted children of the Bakkers, integrating TV evangelism in Pineville, North Carolina. As BeBe and CeCe encounter fame, fortune, and even a young Whitney Houston, BeBe must learn to balance his desire for success with his true calling.

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Charles Randolph-Wright with Deborah Joy, Juan, Sophia and BeBe Winans

“Born For This” features the next generation of Winans singers – Juan and Deborah Joy Winans and boy do they nail it as their aunt and uncle. Kirstin Wyatt steals the show as the over-the-top Tammy Faye Bakker. Chaz Pofahl, Nita Whitaker and Milton Craig Nealy are also outstanding as Jim Bakker, Mom Winans and Pop Winans. But that Kiandra Richardson as Whitney Houston is the true highlight of the musical. She not only looks like the late singer but she sounds and moves just like her. She was so convincing that I even yelled “Sang Nippy” during her show stopping number, “Don’t Live for the Applause.”

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BeBe Winans embracing Jim Bakker on the red carpet

“I love this man. I love this man. He has continued to give me and my sister a platform for all our lives and I honor him,” said BeBe Winans about Jim Bakker during last night’s curtain speech.

Celebrities in attendance included Congressman John Lewis, actress Jasmine Guy, actor E. Roger Mitchell, “Underground” actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, legendary gospel singer Edwin Hawkins, actress and singer Chandra Currelley, book author and playwright Pearl Cleage, gospel singers Tasha Cobbs,Ted Winn and Isaac Carree, actress Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and “Blackbird” star Julian Walker.

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BeBe Winans with long-time friend and actress Jasmine Guy

Winans Family attendees included Mom Winans, Marvin Winans, Michael Winans, Carvin Winans, Angie Winans, Debbie Winans and a host of nieces and nephews. Jim Bakker attended with his current wife Lori Bakker. Former PTL employee Penny Hollenbeck, who is portrayed by Alison Whitehurst in the show, was also in attendance as well as Pat and Gary Houston.  Unfortunately CeCe Winans, Oprah Winfrey, Cissy Houston and Tyler Perry were unable to attend.

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BeBe Winans giving the curtain call speech with the cast and family on stage

The show closed out with a rousing curtain call where BeBe welcomed his family and Jim Bakker to the stage. He thanked a number of supporters and close friends followed by a reprise of the musical’s closing number, “Book of Life (He Signed My Name).”

On a personal note…Seeing this show and having the privilege to watch it evolve from last year to this year has been a true blessing. It is a production that I highly recommend for anyone who chasing their dreams. It has an eternal message of hope and the characters are real and inspiring. It will make you laugh and cry but most of all, it will make you believe in the power of faith.

Check out more amazing photos from the red carpet premiere below:

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Michael, Carvin, BeBe and Marvin Winans

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Debbie, BeBe and Angie Winans 

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BeBe with Mom Winans 

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The Winans Family with Charles Randolph-Wright 

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Marvin Winans sharing a laugh with Jim Bakker 

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BeBe embracing Congressman John Lewis on the red carpet

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Congressman John Lewis, Donald Lawrence, Charles Randolph-Wright and

 The Bakkers with The Winans Family

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BeBe with Warren Adams, Charles Randolph-Wright and Donald Lawrence 

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BeBe with actress and singer Chandra Currelley

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BeBe with former “Oprah Winfrey Show” EP Dianne Hudson

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Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs

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Pat and Gary Houston with Rayah Houston and Justin Cade 

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Pearl Cleage and her daughter Deignan

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Imara Canady with Alliance Theatre’s Marjon Wolfe and Michael Winn

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Barry Wright, Leatrice Ellzy, Jasmine Guy and Stan Washington 

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Actor Julian Walker 

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ASPiRE TV staff with Congressman John Lewis 

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Isaac Carree and wife with Marvin Winans

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Michael Winans and wife with Josiah and Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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Jasmine Guy with her former dance instructor Lee Harper 

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Gospel singers Ted Winn and Edwin Hawkins

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Charles Randolph-Wright with Mom Winans

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Isaac Carree meeting Jim Bakker 

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Charles Randolph-Wright talking to the audience during the curtain call

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Gregory Porter, Eliane Elias, Chandra Currelley and more to appear at Atlanta Jazz Festival (AJF)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Gregory Porter, Chandra Currelley, Joi, and The Russell Gunn Quartet are just a few of the artists who will be appearing at this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival Memorial Day Weekend May 27-29 at historic Piedmont Park.

“We are excited about the lineup for this year’s Atlanta Jazz Festival,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “As our city becomes more international and our population younger, we are booking the festival to welcome these new audiences. From the soulful groove of Gregory Porter, the hip-hop inspired brass of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and the sensuous stylings of Brazilian songstress Eliane Elias, we’ve got a wide variety of jazz flavors on three stages. And admission is free! Make plans now to join us for the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-29.”

Check out the full AJF schedule below:

Friday, May 27

Main Stage:

7:00 pm Next Collective

9:00 pm JOI

Saturday, May 28

Local Stage:

12:30 pm Rialto Jazz for Kids All Stars

2:30 pm The Rialto Youth Jazz Orchestra (RYJO)

4:30 pm Mabu’s Ark Band

6:30 pm Alex Lattimore

International Stage:

1:30 pm Camila Meza

3:30 pm TATRAN

5:30 pm Mette Henriette

7:30 pm Etienne Charles

Main Stage:

1:00 pm Chargaux

3:00 pm Tomeka Reid

5:00 pm Theo Croker

7:00 pm Jamison Ross

9:00 pm Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Sunday, May 29

Local Stage:

12:30 pm Band Room Nation

2:30 pm Anonymous DaBand

4:30 pm Joe Alterman Trio

6:30 pm Chandra Currelley

International Stage:

1:30 pm Assaf Kehati Trio

3:30 pm Tumi Mogorosi

5:30 pm Daby Touré

7:30 pm Eliane Elias

Main Stage:

1:00 pm Navy Band Southeast: V.I.P Protocol Combo

3:00 pm Eugenie Jones

5:00 pm The Headhunters

7:00 pm Benny Golson

9:00 pm Gregory Porter

Photo Credit: SFJazz.org

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Kandi’s ‘A Mother’s Love’ DVD to be released April 18 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

RHOA Kandi Burruss’ musical stage play, A Mother’s Love  will be available on DVD/CD April 18.

Last November, we reported about the show which captures the roller coaster relationship between a mother and daughter. Based on Kandi’s real life situation with her mother, the show depicts how tough it can be for a mother to let go and allow her daughter to make her own decisions when it comes to the love.

The play also features an all-star cast including R&B legends Eddie Levert and Shirley Murdock, D. Woods of Danity Kane, Q Parker of 112 and RHOA Porsha Williams. It also features theatrical superstars Chandra Currelley, Adrienne Reynolds and YouTube sensation, Funky Dineva.

Check out a sneak peek below:

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A Mother’s Love  is available on April 18. Click here to purchase your copy.

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RHOA Kandi Burruss and fiancé Todd Tucker present the musical ‘A Mother’s Love’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kandi Burruss is expanding her multi-million dollar empire with a new stage production titled, A Mother’s Love.  The RHOA is teaming up with her fiancé and producer Todd Tucker for a musical journey that is loosely based on Kandi’s rise to stardom with the R&B group Xscape.

According to Kandi, the musical also deals with her mother’s interference in her ongoing love life.  “Though things are exaggerated, you will see moments of my life in the musical. Writing ‘A Mother’s Love’ has been therapy for me in many ways. I’ve had to focus and not only co-write the script which is loosely about my life but have also written twenty (20) songs for the play in a very short amount of time which has allowed me to unload a lot of emotions inside of me.”

A Mother’s Love  features an all-star cast including platinum-selling Eddie Levert of the O’Jays, Chandra Currelley of Tyler Perry’s stage productions, the powerhouse vocalist Shirley Murdock, Grammy nominated Q Parker of 112, D. Woods formerly of Danity Kane, and RHOA cast mate Porsha Stewart makes, her acting debut.  Also a part of the play is popular social media personality Funky Dineva and V103’s L-Breezy.

A Mother’s Love  opens at the Rialto Center for the Arts (80 Forsyth St. NW, Atlanta, GA  30303) on Friday, November 22, 2013 and closes out on Sunday, November 24, 2013 for three nights with five shows including two matinees on November 23, 2013 and November 24, 2013.

Ticket prices range from $55.00 – $75.00 and are available for purchase at kandionline.com and rialtocenter.org.