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Robin Givens for KONTROL Magazine

Congratulations goes out to my media buddy Julian Lark and KONTROL Magazine. The number one African American fashion media is back with a brand new look, vibe and logo. It also features three different covers including Ambitions star and iconic TV and film actress Robin Givens. (S/O to the article’s writer Hey Mikey.)

“I’ve had an amazing body of work of which I’m very proud of and honored by…a number of roles were groundbreaking and some big ‘firsts’ for television like ‘The Women of Brewster’s Place,’ where they showed the first black lesbian couple on TV, or on ‘Boomerang’ as ‘Jacqueline [Broyer]’ a high level black female executive of a company who played by her own rules and took control of her sexuality…People tell me a lot of times how they’ve seen my films or might quote a line or two from them and it just really feels great.”

In addition to the new look, magazine cover reveals will live on KONTROLMAG.com as a premium featured article as well as KONTROL’s digital and social media platforms.

Other offerings include exclusive custom video content for KONTROL TV, such as “Kontrol The Morning with” which will feature an intimate look at the morning routines of some of your favorite celebs & socialites; “Elevate Your Style with Julian Lark,” a closer look at what’s happening now in the fashion industry.

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Watch Official Trailer for ‘Styling Hollywood’ (VIDEO)

Check out the official trailer for Netflix’s new show Styling Hollywood featuring power couple Jason Bolden and Adair Curtis.

The unscripted series follows the in-demand celebrity stylist and his interior designer husband as they run their lifestyle company JSN STUDIO while balancing marriage and life’s ups and downs. With their talented crew of colorful employees, watch as they curate “Black Girl Magic” for some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Eve, and Ava DuVernay (featured in the above photo).

Styling Hollywood is produced by Kingdom Reign Entertainment and ITV America.  Carlos King, David George and Jordana Hochman serve as executive producers with Angela Rae Berg serving as executive producer and showrunner.

Styling Hollywood: Season 1 launches globally on Netflix August 30, 2019.

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COVER GIRL: Taraji P. Henson covers ‘INSTYLE’ for January 2019 (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar-nominated actress Tararji P. Henson is showing us who’s the BOSS in the January 2019 issue of INSTYLE Magazine. The Empire diva is giving us her best “Mary Tyler Moore” impression while wearing some stylish “throwback” fashions.

“Woooooohooooooo!!!! ON STANDS NOW!!! THANK YOU @laurabrown99 and the ENTIRE @instylemagazine crew for this amazing shoot. I have ALWAYS wanted to throw my beret up in the air so care free #MaryTylerMoore style in the streets of NY!!!! I have done it on my own before but no one cared 😩😂😂😂. THIS TIME IT IS A COVER and I get to share with y’all,” said Henson on her Instagram page.

INSTYLE comes out just in time for Henson to promote her upcoming romantic comedy What Men Want. Check out the video below where she dishes about that, collecting her coins and much more.

See all of her photos below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/Taraji P. Henson

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‘UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius’ featuring André Leon Talley (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out my exclusive UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius interview featuring fashion and style icon André Leon Talley. This is the second episode of my new program that puts a spotlight on Atlanta’s ever evolving TV, film, music and arts scene.

Mr. Talley was in town for a recent SCAD screening of his documentary, The Gospel According to André and was so gracious enough to make some time for me. During our conversation, he opens up about his career as the former American editor-at-large for Vogue, his time spent with the art icon Andy Warhol and the story behind the famous image of him dancing with music legend Diana Ross at New York’s famed Studio 54.

UPFRONT with Ray Cornelius airs on Friday evenings at 8:30 p.m.  and on Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. on CAU-TV 23 (Comcast 23).

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‘CREED II’ star Tessa Thompson covers ESSENCE for November

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to CREED II starlet Tessa Thompson. She is the latest beauty to cover ESSENCE. The magazine posted the image of the versatile actress on Instagram along with the following caption:

“@tessamaethompson has gone from Hollywood’s best-kept secret to an official IT girl,” said ESSENCE on Instagram. “I like the idea of expanding perceptions of what a woman can be & what a woman of color can be.”

Thompson was shot by 20-year photography veteran Shaniqwa Jarvis and expressed her sincere appreciation for the collaboration.

“It feels really refreshing to be shot by a woman,” says Thompson to ESSENCE. “Actresses are so often subject to the male gaze. The highest sense of praise and honor is being seen by a woman and feeling acceptance from other Black women, just a sense of camaraderie and collaboration. That, to me, is so profound.”

ESSENCE will hit newsstands on October 26.

Photo Credit: ESSENCE

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Michael B. Jordan is the new global face of ‘Coach Men’s’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

CONGRATS to award-winning actor and producer Michael B. Jordan. He is the new global face of Coach Men’s and is the first person to hold that title in the fashion brand’s history.

“Meet our new leading man. Actor and producer @MichaelBJordan is the first global face of Coach Men’s. He’ll take on his new role in 2019, but check back here for a sneak peek of things to come. #CoachxMBJ #CoachNY,” said the fashion brand on Instagram.

Jordan will reportedly appear in the upcoming 2019 Spring campaign with international ads and commercials for menswear, fragrance and accessories.

“With any creative endeavor, it’s all about finding the right fit…Excited to work with @StuartVevers and the entire Coach fam. Good things on the way,” said Jordan on his Instagram.

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Photo Credits: Instagram/Michael B. Jordan and COACH

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LISTEN to #UPFRONT with ‘Superfly’ cast + André Leon Talley (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Check out this past weekend’s edition of my arts and entertainment radio program, UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry. It features my exclusive black carpet interviews from the Atlanta premiere of Superfly.

The film is a remake of the 1972 classic and stars Trevor Jackson as Priest, a drug dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. The film also stars veteran actors Esai Morales and Michael K. Williams along with newcomers Jason MitchellLex Scott Davis, Terayle Hill and Allen Maldonado. The film is produced by Future and directed by hip hip music video icon Director X.

Closing out the show is my one-on-one with fashion icon and former VOGUE Magazine editor-at-large André Leon Talley. He opens up about his new documentary, The Gospel According to Andre’. He also chats about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Andy Warhol and dancing with Diana Ross at NYC’s famed Studio 54. I also feature music from the original Super Fly soundtrack with Curtis Mayfield all throughout the show.

UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK.com.

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com and AURN.com

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Rihanna for VOGUE’s June Issue [PHOTOS]

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Music and fashion icon—RIHANNA—is the latest celeb to grace the cover of VOGUE Magazine. The singer and budding actress opens up about life after turning the big 3-0 and her new business ventures Savage X Fenty and Fenty Beauty. She also talks about losing her cousin to gun violence and how she will be a mother.

“I’m not gonna be able to take my eyes off my kid. I know that already about myself,” she says. “They’re going to have to force me to hire a nanny.”

Check out a few more photos and excepts from the interview below:

On finding personal time: “Even mentally, just to be away from my phone, to be in the moment, that has been key for my growth,” she says. “Now, when I come to work, I’m all in. Because before you know it, the years will go by. I’m glad I’m taking the time. I’m happy.”

On loving herself and her new body: “You’ve just got to laugh at yourself, honestly. I mean, I know when I’m having a fat day and when I’ve lost weight. I accept all of the bodies,” she says, shrugging her shoulders. “I’m not built like a Victoria’s Secret girl, and I still feel very beautiful and confident in my lingerie.”

On being a role model too early: “That title was put on me when I was just finding my way, making mistakes in front of the world. I didn’t think it was fair,” she says. “Now I understand the concept, but at that time I was the same age as the girls who were looking up to me. And that’s a really hard place to be in as a teenager.”

Click here to read the entire interview!

Photo Credits: VOGUE

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Watch Trailer for ‘Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami’ (VIDEO)

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The “original” Queen of Shock—GRACE JONES is the subject of a new documentary that will be arriving in theaters on Friday, April 13 titled Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. 

Larger than life, wild, scary and androgynous – Miss Grace Jones plays all these parts. Yet here we also discover her as a lover, daughter, mother, sister and even grandmother, as she submits herself to our gaze and allows us to understand what constitutes her mask. The stage is where her most extreme embodiments are realized and her theatrical imagination lets loose: this is where the musical of her life is played out.

The film includes Grace’s unique performances singing iconic hits such as “Slave To The Rhythm,” “Pull Up To The Bumper,” as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks “Williams’ Bloods” and “Hurricane.” These personal songs also link to Grace’s family life, as the film takes us on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where her family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered.

In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life. Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami weaves together the layers of Grace Jones’ public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce and tenacious businesswoman.

The performance continues to move thematically though the film, with “Love Is The Drug” acting like an aria, bringing the film to its final and most touching scenes. This is a Grace we have not seen before, someone who reminds us of what it is to dare to be truly alive.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami is directed by Sophie Fiennes.

Photo Credits: ThePeoplesMovies.com + YouTube.com

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#UPFRONT feat. Pearl Cleage, Edmond Newton & the Sposato Brothers (AUDIO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius

This past weekend’s UPFRONT was lit! It featured Project Runway All-Star and Atlanta based fashion designer Edmond Newton. He stopped by the studios to discuss appearing on Season 6 of the show and his plans to release a book based on his experience.

American Idol stars Julian and Milo Sposato were in town and stopped by to chat about appearing on the new season of the show.  The twins are also releasing a new album and shared some of that music with us. The project is a mixture of their musical loves — Jazz, Pop, Soul and Rock.

Literary icon Pearl Cleage was also in the studio to discuss her two-one act plays that are showing now through April 15 at the Southwest Arts Center. Ms. Cleage also opened up about mounting a new production with the Alliance Theatre in 2019 and much more.

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Watch Trailer for ‘The Gospel According to André’ (VIDEO)

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“You can be aristocratic without having been born into an aristocratic family…” ~ André Leon Talley

Magnolia Pictures has teamed up with Magnet Releasing for the upcoming documentary on fashion maven André Leon Talley titled The Gospel According to André. It opens in select theaters nationwide on April 27.

The Gospel According to André chronicles the life and career of the former Vogue magazine editor-at-large and one of the fashion industry’s and New York culture’s most influential icons. Beginning his career at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s before climbing the ranks of the New York fashion editorial world, Talley made a lasting impact by pushing to include African-American models and designers in such major publications as Women’s Wear Daily, W, and Vogue magazine. Today, his judgment is sought by top designers, stylists, and celebrity clientele.

The Gospel According to André features such fashion luminaries as Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino and Manolo Blahnik testifying to André’s gifts. The film also traces his journey with rich archival footage that summons multiple eras of stylish and outlandish clothing.

Check it out below:

Photo Credits: YouTube.com/The Gospel According to André

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Watch Teaser Trailer for HBO’S ‘Being Serena’ (VIDEO)

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HBO has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming documentary series Being Serena. It premieres on May 2 and features five spell-binding episodes. The project chronicles tennis icon Serena Williams at pivotal moments in her personal and professional life.

According to HBO, Being Serena provides viewers unprecedented access to Williams during her pregnancy, new motherhood and marriage, while documenting her journey back to supremacy on the court. The intimate first-person show delves into her landmark career, family life and expanding role as a businesswoman and investor in the worlds of tech, fashion, fitness and philanthropy.

“HBO is honored to work with Serena Williams on such a personal project,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports to VARIETY. “Even though she has been in the spotlight since her teenage years, Serena continues to capture the imagination. With our partners at IMG, we look forward to giving viewers a revealing, behind-the-scenes portrait of her life on and off the court.”

Being Serena is produced by HBO Sports and IMG’s Original Content group.

Take a look below:

Photo Credits: YouTube/Being Serena

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Kim Kimble names Diana Ross, Beyoncé & Michelle Obama among her ‘Top Hair Divas’

Written by | Ray Cornelius

If you’ve ever wondered who inspires celebrity hairstylist—Kim Kimble—well look no further. I recently caught up with the reality show star and chatted with her about the women whose locs give her life!  The list wasn’t given in any particular order but it includes a wide range of hair mavens from the iconic Madam C.J. Walker to the #LITAF Issa Rae.

Kimble has worked with a number of celebrities throughout her twenty plus year career including Oprah WinfreyMary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Brandy and the late Whitney Houston. She’s also worked her magic on such films sets as Double PlatinumDreamgirls, Sparkle, Cadillac Records, B*A*P*S and Beyoncé‘s Lemonade.

Her most recent work is seen in Ava DuVernay‘s epic Disney adventure, A Wrinkle in Time, where she designed all of the hair and wigs for the film.  She talked exclusively to UPFRONT earlier this month about the project and much more.

Check out Kimble’s list of “Top 7 Hair Divas” below:

1. Madam C.J. Walker 

“I have to pay homage to Madam C.J. Walker just because. For me it wasn’t so much about her hair as it was her impact on the hair industry.”

2. Diana Ross

“Miss Ross always brings BIG, FABULOUS hair!”

3. Michelle Obama

“She’s a pretty incredible person and she gives you ‘First Lady’ hair.”

4. Beyoncé 

“She’s been a BIG impact on today’s hair and fashion!”

5. Issa Rae

“Issa is part of that new generation of hair. I love that she came out with natural hair.”

6. Josephine Baker

“If you wanna go way back in fashion, I would say Josephine Baker with that cool finger wave. It was sexy!”

7. Tina Turner

“I kinda hit the 80s with Diana Ross but you gotta mention Tina Turner when she came out with her ‘What’s Love Gotta Do With It’ hair.

Who are your favorite hair divas?

Photo Credit: RayCornelius.com

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SCAD teams up with HULU for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Fashion Exhibit

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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced a new exhibition at the SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, featuring costumes from the Hulu original drama The Handmaid’s Tale. The exhibition, which includes more than 40 garments from seasons one and two of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning television series , produced by MGM Television, will be on view from April 30 – Aug. 12.

“The beauty of SCAD degree programs lives in the direct connection between classroom instruction and industry – you see it in everything SCAD does, including the celebrated exhibitions of our teaching museums,” said SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “Our university is top-ranked for the study of costume design, and we’re pleased to welcome the year’s most acclaimed costume designs to SCAD FASH. Prepare to step inside the world of fashion and the world of film with this sensational exhibition of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at SCAD FASH, America’s only museum of fashion and film.”

The SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film collaborated with award-winning designer Ane Crabtree to design the exhibition. Crabtree was nominated for a 2017 Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale and has earned three nominations from the Costume Designers Guild for Westworld, Masters of Sex and Pan Am. In 2018, she earned the Costume Designers Guild award for ‘excellence in contemporary television’ for her work with The Handmaid’s Tale.

“Ane Crabtree is someone who can tell stories with clothes, and the impact the show’s wardrobe has had in the political conversation around the world has been groundbreaking, but honestly not surprising,” said The Handmaid’s Tale creator Bruce Miller. “She’s a genius, and fabulous human being, and we’re thrilled that SCAD is honoring her work.”

To celebrate the opening, Hulu is partnering with SCADFILM to host a screening of The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 2, Episode 3 on Mon., April 30, at SCADshow in Atlanta, followed by a Q+A discussion with cast and producers of the award-winning series. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

The Handmaid’s Tale follows the story of a dystopian future that forces women into subservient roles after an uprising against the US government. The show is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s 1985 novel of the same title, which won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel and Samira Wiley, among others.

Photo Credit: HULU