‘Queen Sugar’ star Omar J. Dorsey hosts ATL Screening [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure of spending Thanksgiving Eve watching OWN’s hit series “Queen Sugar” with one of its stars—Omar J. Dorsey. The Decatur, GA raised actor portrays “Hollywood” on the show and was in town entertaining his family and industry friends as part of “Screening Room ATL” at Negril Village Restaurant in Midtown/Atlanta. img_5917

Omar J. Dorsey, Khalimah Gaston, KJ Smith and Miles Mussenden

“Screening Room ATL” is a visual arts mixer for Atlanta’s growing film and entertainment community. Held on Wednesday nights, each event features food, cocktails and indie films. It also provides an outlet for individuals in the film and the entertainment industry to present their work and discuss their methods amongst industry professionals.


Marquita Goings + Dawn HalfKenny  + Rod “Reemo” Thomas

Joining Dorsey were other “Queen Sugar” stars—Khaneshia “KJ” Smith, who plays “Lena” and Miles Mussenden, who plays “Boogie.” Other notables spotted in the building included “Stills” actress Khalimah Gaston, “Luke Cage” actress Simone Missick, “Greenleaf” actor Njema Williams, “Saints & Sinners” actress Dawn HalfKenny, “Mommy Uncensored” actor Rod “Reemo” Thomas, “Underground” actor Keith Arthur Bolden, “Lucifer” actor Dorian Missick, “Notorious” actor Dennis White, Swirl Film’s Keith Neal, actor and commercial TV star Al Thompson and many more.


Miles Mussenden, Khalimah Gaston, Omar J. Dorsey and KJ Smith

Following the screening was a brief discussion between Gaston and the “Queen Sugar” stars who discussed everything from working with the show’s creators Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey to their new found fame and other TV and film projects.  I must say that I left the event charged and super encouraged. I was truly astonished at the camaraderie between all of the actors and a genuine spirit of brother and sisterhood. It was amazing to see these future “superstars” in the making.

See more pics below & catch “Queen Sugar” on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on OWN:


Njema Williams, Khalimah Gaston and Miles Mussenden


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Omar J. DorseyDawn HalfKenny + Marquita Goings


Miles Mussenden and Khalimah Gaston


Keith Neal and Keith Arthur Bolden 


Dorian Missick with Al Thompson

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‘UPFRONT’ feat. Lamman Rucker, Anthony Faulkner & Fahamu Pecou

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Make sure you all tune into my new arts & entertainment radio program, “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It airs THIS MORNING at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

This week’s guests include actor Lamman Rucker from OWN’s hit series “Greenleaf.” He  will be on to chat about the show and his new film, “Service to Man,” which premieres during TODAY’s BronzeLens Film Festival.

My second guest is Anthony Faulkner, inspirational singer and songwriter. He stops by to talk about his new album Guardian Angel and my last guest is visual artist Fahamu Pecou. He stops by to chat about his new exhibition “Do or Die,” which opens this weekend at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC.

“UPFRONT” takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment scene including TV, film, theater, music and more. Each Saturday, I will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and the behind-the-scenes influencers that make Atlanta, the new Hollywood South.

“UPFRONT” airs TODAY at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK or listen online at

The show is also sponsored by the 2016 BronzeLens Film Festival.

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Check out the link to my second radio show, “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It aired this past Saturday, August 14 and featured filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper, whose new indie project “Olympic Pride, American Prejudice” shows at this year’s BronzeLens Film Festival.

James Bronner, show director for the 2016 Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show, stopped by to chat about this weekend’s show and the business behind the beauty industry.

Bravo TV’s star and fashion designer Lisa Nicole Cloud talks about her upcoming fashion show at this weekend’s Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show and the new season of “Married to Medicine.”

“UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry” is a new 30-minute arts & entertainment show that I now host on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN and tell me what you think!

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UPFRONT to feature BLFF’s Kathleen Bertrand & Filmmaker Monty Ross

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Make sure you all tune into my new arts & entertainment radio program, “UPFRONT –  Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It premieres tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. on Atlanta’s Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

As previously mentioned, “UPFRONT” takes an in-depth look at Atlanta’s arts and entertainment scene including TV, film, theater, music and more.  Each Saturday, I will be conducting one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and the behind-the-scenes influencers that make Atlanta, the new Hollywood South.

My first guests will include the Executive Producer of Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival, Kathleen Bertrand and acclaimed filmmaker and Spike Lee’s co-producer Monty Ross.  Ms. Bertrand and I will be talking about the festival’s film entries, the Women Superstars Luncheon and all of the activities taking place August 25-28.  Mr. Ross and I will be going down memory lane and chatting about the anniversaries of “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Jungle Fever” and more!

“UPFRONT” airs tomorrow at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK or online at The show is also sponsored by the 2016 BronzeLens Film Festival.


BronzeLens Film Fest Celebrates 5th Anniversary Season…Click here for info!

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BronzeLens Film Festival is back for its Fifth Anniversary Season October 22-26 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Highlights include a world class array of expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events that reflect Atlanta’s unique position as the Film Capital of the South.  Registration is open to film production professionals, emerging filmmakers, actors and the general public.  Early registration is still available through August 15, 2015.

BronzeLens Film Festival is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been in existence since 2009. Its mission is to establish Atlanta as a mecca for film and television production for people of color, and to create educational and enlightening programming that will uplift the next generation of great filmmakers.

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Danny Glover’s ‘Supremacy’ to kick-off Pan African Film Festival – Atlanta

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The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) begins TODAY in Atlanta through August 10 at the historic Plaza Theater.  Over 40 new films from the US and around the world, as well as workshops and panels will be presented during this year’s 17th season. PAFF kicks things off with actor and political activist Danny Glover in the Opening Night Atlanta Premiere of director Deon Taylor’s Supremacy.  Glover, who stars in the racially fueled dramatic thriller, has been generating award season buzz for his performance and will be attending the film’s premiere along with Taylor.

Additional film showings include the PBS documentary special Freedom Summer,  the critically acclaimed Of Good Report  from South Africa, TV One’s new feature film Girlfriends Getaway  and in partnership with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment a special Closing Night Special Presentation of the 2014 British drama, BELLE  with Director Amma Asante on Sunday, August 10th at 5:40 pm.

Belle Inside photoThere will be a pre-screening reception for BELLE at 2:30pm featuring Dr. Gerald Horne at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The Closing Night is sponsored by Fox Home Entertainment.

PAFF executive director Ayuko Babu says “We’re excited about being able to bring another great slate of new U.S. and international films to Atlanta, one of the cultural and artistic centers of the country. Atlanta’s hospitality can’t be beaten.”

PAFF is regarded as America’s largest and most prestigious international Black film festival covering a variety of themes ranging from Arts & Cultural issues to social justice movements that have shaped and transformed American life. More importantly, this year marks the first time in 16 years that PAFF enters the Atlanta market as a standalone event; premiering a curated selection of films that capture real stories made by Black and/or about people of African descent.

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