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Bounce TV to air ‘Am I Black Enough’ and more for Black History Month (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bounce TV, the first-and-only over-the-air broadcast television network for African Americans, is celebrating Black History Month in February with a variety of compelling programs and tributes that are worth watching.

Check out the highlights below:

  • The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions premieres Sunday, February 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET hosted by actors Larenz Tate and Erica AshLudacris, CeeLo Green, Cameo, Doug E. Fresh, Xscape, Bow Wow, Keke Wyatt and more gather to perform and to honor the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others.
  • A special installment of the Bounce newsmagazine show Ed Gordon called “Am I Black Enough?” which will examine the nuances of cultural identity within the Black community to define exactly what it means to “be Black.” The award-winning journalist and series producer/host Gordon explores this interesting subject matter with influencers such as Samuel L. JacksonAnthony AndersonWayne BradyYara Shahidi, Taye Diggs, Charlamagne Tha GodMisty CopelandBoris Kodjoe and others. On Monday, Feb. 12,”Am I Black Enough?” will be available for streaming exclusively on Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all-time which also showcases Bounce original programming. The special will premiere on Bounce on Saturday, Feb. 17.  
  • A new original short-form series of vignettes called “Your Story Matters” spotlighting the unique and inspiring experiences of trailblazing African Americans, including legendary actress, philanthropist and Brown Sugar spokeswoman Pam Grier, Academy Award®-winning actor and community activist Lou Gossett, Jr. and NASA engineer and 2018 Bounce Trumpet Award Honoree Dr. Lonnie Johnson.

In addition to the specials, Bounce will also feature a variety of relevant movies throughout February including: “Amistad,” starring Morgan Freeman and Djimon Hounsou; the 2008 adaptation of “A Raisin in the Sun” featuring Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan, Sean Combs and Audra McDonald; “Panther” with Courtney B. Vance, Kadeem Hardison and Chris Rock; “Ruby Bridges,” “Selma” “Lord, Selma” and more. Additionally, a one-hour documentary chronicling the civil rights movement, “Trail of Hope: The Journey to Equality,” will air on Sunday, Feb. 18.

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Sneak Peek of the ’26th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

BounceTV has released a first look at the “26th Annual Trumpet Awards” and I can hardly contain my excitement. I had the honor of covering the red carpet this year along with CAU-TV 23 for a television special that will air before the show on February 11.

This year’s honorees include Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu “Rich” Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown.

The show is hosted by Larenz Tate and Erica Ash and was attended by actress Ashley Love-Mills, “Saints and Sinners” stars Vanessa Bell CallowayDonna Biscoe and Jasmine Burke, comedian Rodney PerryHGTV star Egypt Sherrod, Judge Penny Reynolds, actress DeEtta West, hip hop icon Ed Lover, actor and singer T.C. Carson.

Performers include Ludacris, Doug E. Fresh, XscapeSir the Baptist, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development and “The Voice” star Wé McDonald and more.

Take a look + see more pics from the red carpet and more:

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Jermaine Dupri & more honored at ‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about African-American achievement Saturday night during the 2018 “Bounce Trumpet Awards.” The annual ceremony was taped at the beautiful Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and yours truly was in the building to capture all of the sights and sounds.

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My radio show, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry teamed up with CAU-TV 23 to cover the red carpet for a future television special. I got a chance to interview a number of the evening’s honorees including Music Innovation Award recipient Jermaine Dupri, teen sensation and Trailblazer Award recipient Marley Dias and Rising Star Award recipient Rhyon Brown.

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I also got a chance to chop it up with the show’s hosts—Larenz Tate and Erica Ash as well as celebrity attendees Ashley Love-Mills, “Saints and Sinners” stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Donna Biscoe and Jasmine Burke + Red Carpet hosts Demetria McKinney and Ed Gordon.  I also got additional interviews with comedian Rodney Perry, HGTV star Egypt Sherrod, Judge Penny Reynolds, actress DeEtta West, hip hop icon Ed Lover, actor and singer T.C. Carson + performers Xscape, Sir the Baptist, Bilal, Anthony Hamilton, Arrested Development and “The Voice” star Wé McDonald.

Angie Stone with Ed Gordon and Lamman Rucker

After the red carpet, I got an opportunity to get a few more pictures of the show’s other honorees including Tamika Mallory, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rich Dennis. Performers MAJOR., Donald Lawrence, Stokley Williams, KeKe Wyatt, Arrested Development and Angie Stone also stopped through the press room along with presenters Angel Conwell, Omar Gooding, Lamman Rucker and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

My “Red Carpet Trumpet Awards Special” will air on CAU-TV 23 on Sunday, February 11 a little before the “Bounce Trumpet Awards” at 9 p.m. Stay tuned…

Check out more images below:

Ray Cornelius and UPFRONT on the red carpet

Ray Cornelius with “Bounce Trumpet Award” host Erica Ash 

Anthony Hamilton 

Honoree Rich Dennis 

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Honoree Tamika Mallory 

Ray Cornelius with red carpet host Demetria McKinney

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Ray Cornelius with “If Loving You is Wrong” actress April Parker Jones

The cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners”

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Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith Robinson, Jasmine Burke and Donna Biscoe

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms 

Honoree Marley Dias 

Angel Conwell and Omar Gooding

Honoree Dr. Lonnie Johnson 

Sir the Baptist 

Wé McDonald

Donald Lawrence 

Stokley Williams 

Arrested Development 

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First Look at #EdGordonSpecial featuring Omari Hardwick, ‘Girls Trip’ Cast & More (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The stars will align on this coming Monday, July 17 for an “Ed Gordon Special” you don’t want to miss. He’ll be talking to some of the biggest African-American stars in film, television and comedy beginning at 10 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

In the special, Gordon will talk one-on-one with “Power” star Omari Hardwick. The Atlanta native opens up about the popularity of the STARZ series, his marriage and handling fame in this social media era. He also recalls a moment when he almost gave up acting.

“There was that moment when I decided to ask Mom and Pops what they thought about that. They collectively put together about twenty-five hundred dollars and said ‘you ain’t going nowhere. You didn’t go that far to come back home, not when you got all that talent.’”

Gordon also talks to the cast of the hilariously funny movie, “Girl Trip,” Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. Each actress will discuss their careers and reflect on the contributions of Black women in Hollywood.

“It’s people like Jada’s husband Will (Smith) who helped us every step of the way, so it wasn’t just us When Will got in he helped me get in…I’m going to help somebody else get in. It’s not about keeping it all to yourself it’s about passing it on and keeping that door open,” says Latifah.

Gordon also profiles Super Bowl Champion-turned broadcaster Michael Strahan and Kings of Comedy—Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley.

Check out a sneak peek below:

The “Ed Gordon Special” airs on Monday, July 17 at 10 p.m. EST.

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New Edition, Peabo Bryson, Wendy Williams & more receive Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

The 2017 Trumpet Awards were taped on Saturday evening at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and your truly was in the mix to capture all of the sights and sounds of one of Atlanta’s biggest nights. This year, I covered the red carpet for my radio magazine #UPFRONT and gathered exclusive interviews with some of the attendees, honorees and presenters. That segment will air this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on WCLK.com.

After the red carpet, I was able to go backstage and cover the media room where most of the show’s presenters, performers and honorees stopped by for photo opportunities. As previously reported, this year’s 25th Anniversary show recognized the accomplishments of some of the biggest names in the African-American community including talk show host Wendy Williams, whose Trumpet Award for Entertainment was picked up by her media brother, hip hop icon Ed Lover.

New Edition’s Rickey Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill, collected their much deserved Lifetime Achievement Trumpet Award. The iconic group from the 1980s, who laid the foundation for many  boy bands of the 90s and 2000s, was recognized just days before their highly anticipated biopic which airs tonight on BET. The group was saluted by R&B groups Transitions, Silk and Jagged Edge.

Music legend Peabo Bryson was honored for his enduring career as a Grammy winning-singer and songwriter. He has performed some of music’s most beloved duets including “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” with Roberta Flack, “Beauty and the Beast” with Celine Dion and “A Whole New World” with Regina Belle, who also performed the song with R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore as part of Bryson’s musical tribute. Bryson’s award was presented to him by music legend—Bill Withers. I had a chance to see Bryson perform last spring and he was simply amazing. He is one of the few veteran performers that still puts on an entire show including stories, dazzling costumes, a live band and back to back hits. This award is very well deserved and was one of the evening’s highlights.

NBA star Dikembe Mutombo picked up the Humanitarian Trumpet Award and praised gospel vocalist Tamela Mann for her amazing performance. She was a ray of sunshine when she entered the media room and bought a smile to everyone’s face. Fashion Blogger Gabi Gregg, was also glowing as she picked up this year’s Trailblazing Trumpet Award. I got a chance to chat with her on the red carpet and she described the moment as “surreal.”  I believe she is the first blogger to receive this award and was really humble to be in the midst of such greatness.

Gospel superstars Jekalyn Carr, Le’Andria Johnson, Travis Greene and Derek Minor were all in the house for a foot stomping, hand clapping, spirit-filled musical tribute. While I wasn’t able to see it from the media room, we were all in awe when the Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar, walked into the room. She even took pictures with a dry eraser sign that we created with the famous tag line, “You Name It.”  That was the name of the remixed song that created quite a frenzy over the Thanksgiving holiday and used a line from iconic tune, “Hold My Mule.”

The icing on the cake was Oscar winning-actor Louis Gosset Jr. being there to present Trumpet Awards founder Xernona Clayton with the distinguished Golden Trumpet Award. She also joined us backstage and had everyone’s full attention with her radiant white and gold gown and dazzling head piece.

Other stars spotted on the carpet included Ed Gordon, Erica Campbell, Dr. Bobby Jones, T.C. Carson, Lalah Hathaway, the show’s hosts Nicole Ari Parker and Deon Cole, the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints and Sinners,” Gary Owens, BJ The Chicago Kid, KeKe WyattErica AshWillie Moore Jr., Tyler Williams from “The New Edition Story” and more!

See more backstage photos below and stay tuned for red carpet pics:

Vanessa Bell Calloway

Tamela Mann

Tamela Mann with Miss Georgia Pre-Teen Damacia Howard

showing off their sparkling shoes

Honoree Dikembe Mutombo with Ed Gordon

BJ The Chicago Kid 

Honoree Peabo Bryson with Bill Withers and Ed Gordon

Kenny Lattimore, Erica Ash and Bill Withers 

KeKe Wyatt

Le’Andria Johnson and Jekalyn Carr

That shoe tho! #Jekalyn Carr

Canton Jones with Shirley Caesar 

Shirley Caesar

Willie Moore Jr. 

Honoree Gabi Gregg

Gary Owens taking part in our backstage shenanigans

The group Transitions performed as part of the NE Tribute

Honorees Ronnie DeVoe and Michael Bivins 

Tyler Williams 

Ronnie DeVoe and Lyfe Jennings 

Trumpet Awards Founder Xernona Clayton

The Trumpet Awards airs this

Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. EST On Bounce

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First Look at Bounce TV’s ‘Ed Gordon’ debuting 9/13 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Here’s a first look at Ed Gordon’s newsmagazine special on Bounce TV titled, “Ed Gordon.” As mentioned last week, the first show features the “Mothers of the Movement,” whose children were shot in acts of violence. Gordon also sits down with  Grammy winning-singer Maxwell for his “Five Minutes With” segment as well as Nate Parker and the cast of his upcoming Nat Turner biopic, “Birth of Nation.”

ed-gordon-maxwell_touched“Ed Gordon” features revealing interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures as well as investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event segments and human interest feature stories.

The show debuts Tuesday, September 13 at 10 p.m. EST on Bounce TV.

Ed Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show” and “Dateline NBC,” the host of “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on NPR, anchorman for BET and is a weekly contributor to the national “Steve Harvey Radio Show.” He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalist.

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Bounce TV’s ‘Ed Gordon’ to premiere on September 13 at 10 p.m. EST

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Veteran journalist and one of my media idols Ed Gordon is bringing a news magazine show to Bounce TV’s primetime lineup on September 13 at 10:00 p.m. EST.

According to the show’s website, “Ed Gordon” will produce and host the series of one-hour specials in which he’ll sit down for revealing interviews with top headline makers, entertainers and pop cultural figures. “Ed Gordon” will also include investigative pieces, celebrity profiles, current event segments and human interest feature stories.

ed-gordon“From President Obama to Louis Farrakhan, from Beyoncé to O.J. Simpson, Ed is a trusted confidante of African-American newsmakers who define our culture. His insightful reporting and courageous storytelling make him the perfect journalist to shepherd our first news magazine show,” said Ri-Karlo Handy, Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Bounce TV.

Gordon has been a contributing correspondent for “60 Minutes,” “The Today Show” and “Dateline NBC,” the host of “News and Notes with Ed Gordon” on NPR, anchorman for BET and is a weekly contributor to the national “Steve Harvey Radio Show.” He is also the recipient of an NAACP Image Award, as well as the prestigious Journalist of the Year Award from the National Association of Black Journalist.

According to S&A, his first guests will include “Birth of a Nation” star Nate Parker along with soul music crooner Maxwell and the Mothers of the Movement—Sybrina Fulton (Trayvon Martin), Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis), Lezley McSpadden (Michael Brown), Wanda Johnson (Oscar Grant) and Marian Tolan (Robbie Tolan).

Will you be watching “Ed Gordon” ?

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Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and more rock the State Farm Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

EMMY-winning television host and radio star Steve Harvey recently hosted the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The show was produced, for the 14th year in a row, by EMMY-winning television/film/radio producer Rushion McDonald and featured side-splitting laughs, inspiring speeches of celebration, singing, an impromptu dance party, and more. This year’s event featured a bevy of musical superstars including Maxwell, The O’Jays, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, which had the sold-out crowd cheering and dancing.

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Maxwell

Gathering together in celebration of a positive community purpose, the 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards show included appearances from Toni Braxton, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Sheryl Underwood, Terrence J, Bern Nadette Stanis, Lavell Crawford, Yolanda Adams, Lalah Hathaway, Earthquake, Sommore, Benjamin Crump, Ed Gordon, Shirley Strawberry, Nephew Tommy, Carla Ferrell, Junior and State Farm’s Duane Farrington. Driven by public nominations, with repeat and first-time winners unveiled, the show also included special painting presentations and check presentations from Cracker Barrel to the Best School Teacher winner and State Farm to the Good Neighbor Award winner in support of their community efforts.

2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey

Terrence J leading an impromptu Omega Psi Phi step

The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend events also included the three-day State Farm Color Full Lives Art Gallery experience, the State Farm Sing Your Way Contest and Freedom Friday Concert with headlining performances from Charlie Wilson and Keith Sweat, the Freedom Friday Party featuring Doug E. Fresh, the Neighborhood Awards VIP After-Party and Jill Scott headlining the Neighborhood Awards Beach Party.

2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey

State Farm, Toni Braxton and more giving Nehemiah Davis a check

Harvey and  McDonald created the one-of-a-kind State Farm Neighborhood Awards (formerly the Hoodie Awards) to recognize and celebrate men and women from all over the United States who uplift their neighborhoods through their contributions and excellence as entrepreneurs, religious and community leaders, educators and more. The 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend included support by State Farm, Tracfone, Masterbuilt, Cracker Barrel, McDonald’s, Crème of Nature, DHerbs and Wells Fargo.

Check out more pics below:

2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey

Erykah Badu

The man of the hour—Steve Harvey

Freedom Friday Concert

Keith Sweat 

2016 State Farm Neighborhood Awards Hosted By Steve Harvey

Wendy Raquel Robinson

Freedom Friday Concert

Charlie Wilson performing

Jill Scott 

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Well AMEN! Bounce TV renews ‘Saints & Sinners’ for 2nd Season

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Bounce TV has given the green light for another season of its new church drama “Saints & Sinners.” The one-hour series, which airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m., has proven to be a ratings winner for the young network.

One of the show’s stars, Jasmine Burke, recently posting a congratulatory message on her Instagram page and thanked the fans for their loyal support. “THANK YOU to ALL of our AMAZING supporters who are CRAZY about our show. I mean you guys really go hard for all of our sainting and sinning!”

In addition to “Saints & Sinners,” Bounce TV has also renewed seasons for “Mann & Wife,” “In the Cut,” “Family Time” and “Off Da Chain.” It will also air the 25th Anniversary of Xernona Clayton‘s “Trumpet Awards” in 2017 and a newsmagazine show produced and hosted by former BET news anchor, Ed Gordon.

Congrats to everyone and stay tuned as these projects continue to develop!

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Ne-Yo, Will Packer, George Wallace, and more honored at 2016 Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

It was all about African-American achievement last night at the 2016 Trumpet Awards. The annual black-tie affair recognized some of the biggest and brightest names in the fields of education, medicine, arts & entertainment, politics, community service, and business.

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George Wallace with Arnez J, Rodney Perry, Mo’Nique & Cory “ZooMan” Miller

The lavish ceremony took place at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Centre and was hosted by celebrated actors Nia Long and Terrence J. This year’s honorees included TV and film producer Will Packer, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, comedic legend George Wallace, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, General Motors executive Alicia Boler-Davis, Wayne County Community College Chancellor Dr. Curtis Ivery, Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mohandas Gandhi), and Her Royal Highness Basmah Bit Saud.

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Congresswomen on the red carpet

The award show also recognized over twenty “Women of Congress” including Donna Edwards, Alma Davis, Barbara Lee, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda Lawrence, Corrine Brown, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Terri Sewell, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Frederica Wilson, Gwen Moore, Joyce Beatty, Karen Bass, Marcia Fudge, Maxine Waters, Robin Kelly, Shelia Jackson Lee, Stacey Plaskett, Yvette Clarke, and Mia Love.

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Salt-N-Pepa with Spinderella are celebrating 30 years in entertainment

This year’s celebrity presenters and performers included Deitrick Haddon, Kelly Price, Raheem DeVaughn, Vivian Green, Joe, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall, Christian Keyes, Bryshere Y. Gray, Mo’Nique, Brad James, Tweet, Andra Day and Trumpet Award announcer Al B. Sure.  There was also a special acknowledgement of Hip Hop pioneers Salt-N-Pepa and Spinderella. The trio is celebrating over 30 years in the music industry and opened the show alongside iconic rap stars MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Monie Love.

The Trumpet Awards was presented this year by Cadillac, Carnival Cruises, and American Family Insurance. It will premiere on BOUNCE TV January 29 at 9 p.m. EST and on January 31 at 3 p.m. EST.  Check out more photos from the red carpet and media lounge below:

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“Preachers of Atlanta” star Pastor Corey Hambrick

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“Love Thy Neighbor” star Palmer Williams Jr. and his wife

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BET’s Gospel music legend Dr. Bobby Jones  

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R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn

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“Preachers of Atlanta” star Pastor Judah Swilley

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NFL Player Walter Harris 

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Honoree Alexis Herman

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Actress Charmin Lee

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Hip Hop icon MC Lyte 

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Cheryl Smith and Deidra “Dee Dee” Roper aka Salt and Spinderella

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Award-winning journalist Ed Gordon

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  Princess Basmah Bit Saud

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EBONY Fashion Fair model Renee Knorr/Actor Tye White 

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“Empire” star Bryshere Y. Gray aka Yazz the Greatest

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Honoree Ne-Yo

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“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Joseline Hernandez 

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Actor Brad James

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R&B singer Tweet

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Representative Shelia Jackson Lee 

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Honoree and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson

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Singer, actress, and reality star Demetria McKinney

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Hip Hop icons Yo-Yo and Monie Love 

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Comedian Jonathan Slocumb and guest

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R&B Songtress Kelly Price 

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“Saints and Sinners” cast Clifton Powell, Jasmine Burke, and Christian Keyes

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R&B singer Joe 

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Pastor Canton Jones with Miss Fulton Cty. Pre Teen Damacia Howard

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Actress Chrystale Wilson with Jennifer Lester and CheriAmour Dallas

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Singer Andra Day with American Family Insurance’s Michael Riggs 

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Gospel singer and reality star Deitrick Haddon/Singer Kelly Price

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Ladies of Hip Hop – MC Lyte, Salt-N-Pepa, Spinderella, and Yo-Yo

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Mo’Nique sharing a laugh with comedian Rodney Perry 

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Honoree George Wallace 

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Singer Vivian Green/Miss Fulton County Pre-Teen Damacia Howard

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Kelly Price pictured with Honoree Ne-Yo

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Andra Day with Mo’Nique

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The Queen B and Trumpet Awards founder – Ms. Xernona Clayton

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Highlights from Blue Carpet of 2015 Neighborhood Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Lights…camera…action!

It was on like DONKEY KONG, last night for the Blue Carpet of Steve Harvey’s 2015 Neighborhood Awards. Yours truly was in the house capturing all of the celebrity arrivals and while this year’s carpet was not as robust as last year, it was packed with just as much star power!

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 Vincent Herbert, Evelyn Braxton and Tamar Braxton

This year’s interviews and photo opportunities took place inside of Atlanta’s Philips Arena versus outside in the sweltering Georgia heat. Anyone who covered the event last year will tell you it was a challenge for both media and the celebrities to try and stay cool in 90 degree weather. As usual fans were line-up outside the venue in a gated area screaming their heads off and snapping pictures of their favorite celebrity as they stepped out of their limousine and into the arena.

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 Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan

Some of this year’s superstars gracing the carpet included Grammy-winning divas, Michelle Williams and Erica Campbell;”The Real” co-hosts Loni Love and Tamar Braxton; Hip Hop icons, MC Lyte and Yo Yo; “Born Again Virgin” actors Tank, Danielle Nicole and Meagan Holder; RHOA stars Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce. Other celebrities spotted were Judge Glenda Hatchett;  “Mann & Wife” stars David and Tamela Mann; Comedic actresses Kim Whitley and Sheryl Underwood; R&B vocalist, Kelly Price; TV/Film and stage actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; “The Perfect Guy” co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy; and actors from Bounce TV’s “Family Time” Omar Gooding and Angell Conwell.  “Steve Harvey Morning Show” personaity Shirley Strawberry served as this year’s red carpet host.

Once inside, attendees were treated to three star studded performances by Usher, Tyrese and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as well as the “no holds barred” award ceremony, hosted by the man himself, Steve Harvey.

Check out all of the photos below:

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

Yo Yo

 Yo Yo

The Manns

 David and Tamela Mann

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 Michelle Williams and Nephew Tommy

Kandi Todd and Mama Joyce

 Kandi Burruss, Todd Tucker and Mama Joyce

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 Tamar Braxton and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith

Kelly Price

 Kelly Price

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 Meagan Holder, Tank and Danielle Nicolet

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 Kym Whitley

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 Angell Conwell and Omar Gooding

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 HGTV’s Eygypt Sherrod and her husband DJ Fadelf

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 Judge Glenda Hatchett

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 Erica Campbell

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Media stars Ed Gordon and Mo Ivory and her fiance Robert Martin

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 MC Lyte, Loni Love and Angelique Perrin of Cafe Mocha Radio

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Robin Thicke, Tyrese, K. Michelle & more kick-off Neighborhood Awards Weekend [PHOTOS]

Written by  | Ray Cornelius

R&B superstars Robin Thicke, K. MichelleAvery*Sunshine and more helped Steve Harvey kick off the 2015 Neighborhood Awards weekend on Friday (August 7) morning. The award winning singers performed some of their biggest hit records during a special live broadcast of Harvey’s syndicated radio program, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”  The event took place at 6 a.m. from Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center and was attended by thousands of fans, armed with selfie sticks and cameras, hoping to capture a photo of their favorite celebrity.

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 Atlanta’s own Avery*Sunshine

Harvey shared the spotlight of course with his morning show co-hosts Shirley Strawberry, Carla Ferrell and the hilariously funny Nephew Tommy and Junior. Grammy nominated singer, Jazmine Sullivan also performed while actors Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy stopped by to promote their new romantic thriller, “The Perfect Guy.”

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 Steve Harvey talking to the cast of “The Perfect Guy”

R&B crooner and “Fast and Furious” star Tyrese Gibson made a special surprise appearance. He is currently promoting his no.1 album, Black Rose and is one of the award show’s headlining acts along with Usher and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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 Tyrese Gibson made a surprise appearance during the live broadcast

A number of the award show’s sponsors stopped by during the broadcast including Dale Avery from State Farm Insurance and Shawn Thompson from Ford, who also gave away a Ford Edge. Other highlights during the live broadcast included an 83-year-old woman who was awarded over $1000 because she was the oldest person in attendance.

Check out more photos below:

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 Avery*Sunshine performing her hit single, “Call My Name”

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 Steve Harvey giving Avery*Sunshine her props

Jazmine Sullivan

 Jazmine Sullivan performed a song from her current album, Reality Show

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 Nephew Tommy took every opportunity to dance during the live broadcast breaks

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 Nephew Tommy giving the 83-year-old attendee $1000 from Steve Harvey

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 Steve Harvey acted a complete nut throughout the entire broadcast…we see you Steve!

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 The beautiful Sanaa Lathan sharing a laugh with Steve Harvey

Michael Ealy

 Michael Ealy caused shear pandemonium when he came on stage

Shirley Strawberry taking a selfie with Michael Ealy

 Shirley Strawberry taking a selfie with “The Perfect Guy” star Michael Ealy

Tyrese surprises Steve Harvey

 Tyrese surprises Steve Harvey by showing up during the live broadcast

Tyrese talking

 Tyrese talking about his new album, Black Rose, which is #1 in 15 Countries

KMichelle

 K. Michelle performing her hit song, “Can’t Raise a Man”

Robin Thicke performing

 Robin Thicke performed his hit single, “Lost Without You” and his new song, “Back Together”

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‘Black Hollywood’ returns to the ATL for 2012 Peachtree Village International Film Festival

Written by | Ray Cornelius

All eyes will be on Atlanta August 16-19 as the Peachtree Village International Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for the sixth year in a row.

The four-day festival will recognize the 20th anniversary of the film “Boomerang” featuring a rooftop party, film screening and awards brunch with the film’s director Reginald Hudlin.

The festival will also host a special opening night screening of “The Obama Effect” with a post screening conversation with the film’s lead actor Charles S. Dutton and moderated by Ed Gordon.

In addition to the screenings, this year’s festival will host a number of workshops dedicated to emerging actors and those filmmakers seeking financial and distribution assistance.

“What we have to offer our guests each year just keeps getting better and better,” says PVIFF Executive Director, Len Gibson. “After carefully monitoring the comments made by our audiences over the years, we have expanded our programming this year to include a greater focus on casting and finance to better meet their needs. Our goal is to provide our attendees with a better take-away experience in both areas when they leave the festival.”

The PVIFF is also in special partnership with the HBCU Network, See Soul, Inc., The International Soul Music Summit and The Curacao Music & Film Festival.

This year’s festival ambassador is Sparkle actor and Atlanta native Omari Hardwick.

For a complete list of film screenings, workshops and parties, log onto www.pviff.com