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Diana Ross and John Legend to perform on NBC’s ‘Christmas in Rockefeller Center’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Music legend Diana Ross and EGOT John Legend are just a few of the big stars who will be performing during tonight’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special on NBC.

The holiday season will officially begin with the lighting of America’s tree and includes other star-studded musical performances by Tony Bennett with Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Pentatonix, Kellie Pickler, Brett Eldridge, Darci Lynne and much more.

This is the second NBC special that Miss Ross has appeared on in the last two weeks. She was just singing holiday music from her new album on top of float with her family during the hugely popular Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. From the looks of several videos I have seen on social media, Miss Ross will be singing “Home” from The Wiz. The iconic movie just celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Can’t wait to see this tonight!

Watch a sneak peek below:

https://youtu.be/MvnEWseOGmM

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Quincy Jones gets Hands and Feet Immortalized at Chinese Theatre [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Music icon Quincy Jones made history Tuesday (November 27) by becoming the first composer to have his hands and feet enshrined at the world famous TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA.

The 85-year-old legend was joined by his daughter Rashida Jones and a few of his close friends—Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Usher.

“Man…THIS is what you call family!! I can’t believe they all got up so early for me! ((:0))…Anyway, today was TRULY a special day, because I had the incredible honor of becoming the 1st composer to have his or her hand & footprints enshrined at The Chinese Theatre,” said Jones on his Instagram page.

Jones will be recognized for his illustrious career next Sunday, December 9 during a BET program titled Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones. The all-star salute will feature performances from Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Patti Austin, Gloria Estefan, Charlie Wilson, Ledisi, Gregory Porter, Gladys Knight, and others. It is also hosted by media maven and close friend—Oprah Winfrey.

Jones is also the subject a new documentary titled QUINCY,   which chronicles his rise to fame as a musical genius, composer, producer, arranger, record label manager and pop culture icon.

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones airs 12/9 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Photo Credits: Instagram/Quincy Jones

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John Legend makes history as the first Black Man to become an EGOT

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

CONGRATS to award winning singer-songwriter John Legend. He made history over the weekend by becoming  an EGOT. He is the youngest performer and the first African American man to win such an honor.

An EGOT is a performer who has won all four of entertainment’s biggest awards –  Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. The 39-year-old singer won an Emmy Award during last night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards for producing the best variety special winner – Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. He was given the coveted trophy along with Broadway legends – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

“Before tonight, only 12 people had won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony in competitive categories. Sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and I joined that group when we won an Emmy for our production of their legendary show Jesus Christ Superstar. So happy to be part of this team. So honored they trusted me to play Jesus Christ. So amazed to be in such rarefied air. #EGOT” said Legend on his Instagram page.

The “Ordinary People” singer has 10 Grammy Awards, one Oscar for “Best Original Song” for “Glory” and a Tony Award for co-producing the Broadway revival of August Wilson‘s JitneyClick here to watch John place the award on his mantle at home.

In addition to becoming an EGOT, Legend also covers the current issue of British GQ as the most “Stylish Man.” Take a look below:

Photo Credits: Instagram/John Legend

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Brandon Victor Nixon, Norm Lewis and more join NBC’s ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

NBC’s live version of the Broadway musical classic Jesus Christ Superstar has added more big names to its cast. The new theatrical production will air on Easter Sunday April 1.

CONGRATS goes to Power actor Brandon Victor Dixon who will portray Judas, Daytime Divas star Norm Lewis as Caiaphas along with  Jason Tam as Peter, Ben Daniels as Pontius Pilate, Jin Ha as Annas and Erik Gronwall as Simon Zealotes. 

As previously announced, Grammy-winner John Legend is Jesus Christ and rock-n-roll legend Alice Cooper is King Herod.

Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion.

S/O to my buddy and accomplished dance choreographer Juel D. Lane. He will also appear in the live production as one of the show’s dancers.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credit: NBC/Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert

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EBONY Digitial presents ‘Love Issue’ featuring Beyoncé & Jay Z + more

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Congratulation goes out to Beyoncé and Jay Z, Ciara and Russell Wilson plus Common and Angela Rye. The couples all appear on EBONY‘s new digital cover for February celebrating “Black Love.”

According to the magazine, “Romance is in the Air” and they’re putting a spotlight on music, television and film’s hottest unions.

Click here to see more amazing couples including Cardi B and Offset, Gucci Mane and Keyshia Ka’oir, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen + Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Also check out my man, Devon Franklin‘s love letter to his beautiful wife Meagan Good.

The issue also includes the women of Black Panther + #EBONYLove, 25 R&B songs that are sure to get you in the mood this Valentine’s Day. It features iconic slow jams from Sade, Faith EvansD’Angelo and more.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

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John Legend to portray Jesus in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live’

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Grammy-winning singer and budding actor John Legend will portray JESUS CHRIST in NBC live musical production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s and Tim Rice‘s classic  “Jesus Christ Superstar.” The special will air Easter Sunday (April 1, 2018).

“It’s such a powerful, meaningful musical and I’m humbled to be part of this performance. We’ve already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I’m certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice,” said Legend.

“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’ life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion.

In addition to Legend, the show will also star Alice Cooper as King Herod.

Stay tuned…

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#UPFRONT attends ESSENCE Festival + Radio Row + Premieres + More

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

It gives me great pleasure to share my amazing coverage of the 2017 ESSENCE Festival. My arts and entertainment radio magazine—UPFRONT—was there to capture all of the sights and sounds of this year’s festivities as part of Radio Row.  My four-day weekend began on Thursday (June 29) with a special meet & greet + reception with the cast of the indie film, “STEP.”

“STEP” is the true-life story of a girls’ high-school step dance team in Baltimore, whose teachers, counselors, coaches and families, help them achieve their dreams of going off to college. It also takes viewers into the personal lives of three of the dancers— Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger, Tayla Solomon—and their coach, Gari McIntyre.  The film has received rave reviews and was the winner of the Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

On Friday (June 30) #UPFRONT began its three day stint on Radio Row. It is one of three areas that celebrity attendees can meet press and conduct interviews. I was truly blessed to have interviewed so many people including cast members from the hugely popular “Orange Is The New Black,” TNT’s new breakout series, “Claws,”  FOX’s “Empire and Star.” I also got a chance to chat with the cast of FX’s “Snowfall” and the new series “The Mayor” and “Ghosted.”

Music divas CeCe Winans, Anita Wilson and Chanté Moore stopped by the table to discuss their new projects. Winans album, Let Them Fall In Love has been killing the gospel charts and is her best work to date. Wilson talked about covering the classic jazz tune “Here’s To Life” for her new album and Moore dished about her album, Rise of the Pheonix and recording her first Christmas CD this fall.

#UPFRONT also chatted with actress and singer Lil Mama (who is going by her real name Niatia) as well as celebrity stylists Mushiya Tshikuka, Razor Chic of Atlanta and Melvin Styles. However, the highlight of Radio Row was talking to New Thought Leader, Life Coach and TV Personality—Iyanla Vanzant. She opened up about her last season + why she continues to participate in the ESSENCE Festival. She also talked about what she has learned personally from doing her award winning show, “Iyanla Fix My Life.”

“What I’ve learned personally is how powerful God is. As Black people were taught, ‘don’t tell your business in the street.’ (LOL) But when there’s a call on someone’s life to serve God, these people are showing up in amazing ways. I’ve also learned how difficult a healing journey can be. People don’t want to suffer. They don’t want to hurt. They don’t want to destroy themselves. But if they don’t have the tools and the information to heal, that’s what they do. I’ve also learned that I don’t have to be ‘on’ all the time. I’m human. I can have my time off…my days off and I don’t have to be who people expect me to be.”

In addition to Radio Row, #UPFRONT was able to attend and capture images from the night time concerts. This year’s ESSENCE Festival theme was all about female empowerment, sisterhood and “staying woke” and the entertainers who performed were true reflections of that. Friday’s show included Rhonda Ross, India.Arie, John Legend and the Queen of Motown—DIANA ROSS.

This was Miss Ross’ first time appearing at the Festival since its inception in 1995 and she didn’t disappoint. Other performances included Jazmine Sullivan, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Solange, Monica, Lalah Hathaway, Remy Ma, Xscape, Master P, Chance the Rapper and Mary J. Blige.

Other highlights throughout the weekend included the NOLA premieres of “Girls Trip” featuring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. FX also screened its new drama, “Snowfall” which included appearances by the show’s cast + the creator and award winning director John Singleton. #UPFRONT also captured images of the casts from “Detroit,” OWN’s “Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” + Ava DuVernay and the “WOKE Women Awards.”

See all of the rest of the images below and click here to listen to the first of two radio shows featuring exclusive coverage of the ESSENCE Festival:

The Cast of “STEP”

Ray Cornelius on Radio Row

John Singleton and Damson Idris from FX’s “Snowfall”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

“Claws” stars Niecy Nash + Karrueche Tran

+ showrunner Janine Sherman Barrois

“Claws” cast with Ray Cornelius + UPFRONT Talent Producer Jess Manning

ESSENCE talking to “Black Panther” actress Letitia Wright 

Ray Cornelius with FANDANGO Correspondent Chris Witherspoon

“She’s Gotta Have It” actress DeWanda Wise 

Ray Cornelius with “Empire” stars Ta’Rhonda Jones and Bryshere Y. Gray 

India.Arie

John Legend 

John Legend

John Legend 

DIANA ROSS

Ray Cornelius watching DIANA ROSS 

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “Detroit” – Jacob Latimore, Nathan Davis Jr., Algee Smith, Ephraim Sykes,  Joseph David-Jones

“The Haves and the Have Nots” Tyler Lepley,

Angela Robinson and Gavin Houston

Ava DuVernay during the “WOKE Women Awards” 

Jazmine Sullivan 

Tank + Angel Love + Angel Saunders

on the red carpet of the “Snowfall” NOLA Premiere

Remy Ma performing with her husband and rapper Papoose

Lalah Hathaway

Ray Cornelius with Iyanla Vanzant 

CeCe Winans talking about her new album, Let Them Fall In Love 

Ray Cornelius with CeCe Winans 

Ray Cornelius with Anita Wilson 

Ray Cornelius greeting “cousin” Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius with Chanté Moore

Ray Cornelius interviewing Miss Lawrence of “STAR”

Ryan Destiny of “STAR”

Ray Cornelius with Miss Lawrence 

Issa Rae, Kofi Soriboe and Larenz Tate at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith at “Girls Trip” NOLA Premiere

Ray Cornelius with the cast of “The Mayor” – Brandon Michael Hall, Yvette Nicole Brown and show creator Jeremy Bronson

Ray Cornelius with Nicci Gilbert 

XSCAPE after their Super Lounge performance

Elle Varner

SHAGGY

Ray Cornelius with Craig Robinson of “Ghosted”

Ray Cornelius with Melvin Styles and Razor Chic of Atlanta 

Mushiya Tshikuka talking to #UPFRONT

Ava DuVernay with the cast of “Queen Sugar”

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actor Damson Idris 

Chanté Moore with June’s Diary

Ray Cornelius with Common 

Ray Cornelius with Big Freedia 

Shirley Jones of The Jones Girls 

Ray Cornelius with “Insecure” actress Yvonne Orji

Ray Cornelius with Tamika D. Mallory

Ray Cornelius with the fabulous Candace Ledbetter

Ray Cornelius with “Snowfall” actors Isaiah John + Malcolm M. Mays

Common with cast of “Detroit” – Nathan Davis Jr.,

Jacob Latimore and Joseph David-Jones

THANK YOU ESSENCE FESTIVAL AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!

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WATCH a sneak peek of TONIGHT’S ‘Ache’ Episode of ‘Underground’ (VIDEO)

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Yo! Check out a preview of tonight’s “Underground” episode which airs at 10 p.m. EST on WGN America. In “Ache,” Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) finds herself mortally wounded and must gather all her strength to find her way back to Georgia’s (Jasika Nicole). Ernestine aka “Stine” (Amirah Vann) remains deeply affected by the incident with Clara (DeWanda Wise) and takes shocking actions when forced by Hicks (Rob Riley) into a singing performance at the big house. Meanwhile, Patty Cannon (Sadie Stratton) turns to the only person she knows is capable of tracking Rosalee after her failed first attempt…August (Christopher Meloni). The episode was written by Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and directed by Anthony Hemingway.

Following tonight’s episode will be another public service announcement featuring Green and Vann addressing the sensitive issue of domestic violence and suicide. The ladies have teamed up with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline since Vann’s character, Ernestine, is facing these struggles this season.

In other related “Underground” news, Academy Award®, Golden Globe® winner and ten-time Grammy Award® winning visionary John Legend has released his original song “In America.” It was written by Legend and produced by Dave Tozer and was heard exclusively in the March 8 season two premiere.

Legend said, “In America was born around the same time I was working on my most recent album Darkness and Light. It’s a song I was writing while thinking about the duality of America, where it’s known to be this place of freedom, equality and where anyone can make it. The song points out the tension between the promise of America, the ideals of America, and sometimes us not living up to those ideals in practice. In America was perfect song for ‘Underground,’ a series I’m incredibly proud to be a part of, and one that does a beautiful job of portraying a challenging time in our nation’s history while reminding us that change is possible.” Look for Legend to appear as Frederick Douglas in a future episode.

“In America” is available for sale and stream, beginning today.

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#NewMusicMonday – John Legend & Ariana Grande ‘Beauty & the Beast’ (VIDEO)

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The wait is over! Disney has finally released the official video of John Legend and Ariana Grande performing the title track to the upcoming live-action version of the classic tale – Beauty and the Beast.

Legend is tickling the keys while dressed in a black baroque-style blazer with shimmering gold embroidery. Grande is just as regal in her voluminous gown that is symbolic of the red rose petals that could determine the fate of the beast in the film.

The beautiful video was directed by Dave Myers and has already been viewed by 5 million fans. The two singers have some pretty big shoes to fill considering the original version of the song was performed back-in-the-day by Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion. Check it out below and tell us what you think!

Beauty and the Beast opens nation wide in theaters Friday March 17th.

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‘NAACP Image Awards’ adds more star power to live telecast!

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We’re about four days away from the live telecast of this year’s “NAACP Image Awards.” The TV One special will take place on Saturday, February 11 at 9 p.m. beginning with a red carpet at 7:30 p.m. that is hosted by ET’s Nischelle Turner and E!’s Terrence J with Tai Beauchamp and Chris Spencer as special correspondents.

The show is also adding more big names to its list of celebrity presenters including Tracee Ellis Ross, Mandy Moore, Adam Rodriguez, Rashida Jones, Bill Paxton, Brian White, Deon Cole, Jussie Smollett, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Justin Cornwell, Nick Kroll, Penny Johnson and Pooch Hall.

As previously announced, they will join presenters Taraji P. Henson, Sterling K. Brown, Octavia Spencer, Trevor Noah, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Mike Colter and Mykelti Williamson. Additional talent scheduled to attend includes: Denzel Washington, Dwayne Johnson, Kerry Washington, John Legend, Terrence Howard, Angela Bassett, Don Cheadle, Keesha Sharp, Andra Day, Kofi Siriboe, Nate Parker, Niecy Nash, Omari Hardwick, Regina King, Rutina Wesley, Stephan James, Tika Sumpter and Uzo Aduba. Also expected are cast members from “Empire,” “This Is Us,” “Atlanta,” “The Carmichael Show,” “Power,” “black-ish,” “Queen Sugar” and more.

In addition, the NAACP “Entertainer of the Year” will be revealed. This special honor is bestowed upon an individual within the entertainment industry who has achieved notable success in multiple projects and mediums – the nominees are Beyoncé, Viola Davis, Regina King, Dwayne Johnson and Chance the Rapper.

Harvard Law Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. will be honored with the NAACP “Chairman’s Award” and Lonnie G. Bunch, III will receive the NAACP “President’s Award.” LeBron James was already presented with the NAACP “Jackie Robinson Sports Award.”

The NAACP Image Awards is hosted by “black-ish” star Anthony Anderson.

Will you be watching?

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Peabo Bryson is ‘happy’ about John Legend & Ariana Grande’s remake of ‘Beauty & the Beast’ (VIDEO)

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

When Disney releases its live action version of the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” on March 17, it will also include the film’s new soundtrack featuring Grammy winning singer and songwriter John Legend and Grammy nominated performer Ariana Grande. The two will be performing the film’s title song, “Beauty and the Beast” which was originally recorded in 1991 by pop stars Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson.

I caught up with Bryson on the red carpet of the recent Trumpet Awards in Atlanta and asked him about the remake of his song that eventually won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and two Grammys including Best Pop Performance by a Duo in 1992.

“They’re great artists in their own right and there is nothing to be taken away from them. I am happy to be quite frankly,” said Bryson, who was honored with this year’s Legend Trumpet Award.

Bryson and Dion’s “Beauty and the Beast” was such a success for Disney that the R&B crooner was invited back to perform the theme song for their 1992 animated film, “Aladdin.” “A Whole New World” featured Bryson’s smooth vocals along with R&B songtress Regina Belle. Much like “Beauty and the Beast”, the song also picked up a Grammy in 1994 and is the only musical recording from a Disney animated film to top the Billboard Hot 100.

“Beauty and the Beast” stars Emma Watson as the Belle, young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle in exchange for the freedom of her father Maurice. The film also includes Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Audra McDonald, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson.

Watch the trailer below and tell us what you think…

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#TONIGHT ‘Screen Actors Guild Awards’ at 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT

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Will Viola Davis pick up her fifth and sixth Screen Actors Guild Award tonight? We’ll find out in less than two hours as the awards ceremony will air simultaneously beginning at 8 p.m. on TBS and TNT.

The “Fences” star is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role and for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. Her “Fences” co-star Denzel Washington is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role as well for Best Cast. Both will be presenting at some point during the telecast.

Other nominees include Sterling K. Brown for his role as Randall Pearson in NBC’s breakout series “This Is Us” and as Christopher Darden in FX’s “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He is going up against his co-star Courtney B.Vance for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Limited Series.

“Moonlight” actress Naomie Harris will get a taste of Oscar night as she is competing against Viola Davis and “Hidden Figures” Octavia Spencer for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Supporting Role. “black-ish” star and host of the NAACP Image Awards Anthony Anderson will also be competing against Broadway actor Titus Burgess for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series.

“Orange is the New Black” star and fan favorite Uzo Aduba is vying for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actress in a Comedy Series, Thandi Newton is up for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for “Westworld” and Audra McDonald‘s “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grille” is going to-to-toe with Kerry Washington‘s “Confirmation” for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.

Screen Actors Guild presenters include Harris and Spencer along with  John Legend, Gina Rodriquez, Mahershala Ali, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Rashida Jones and Janelle Monáe.

Iconic funny lady Lily Tomlin will recieve this year’s Life Achievement Award, which will be presented by her” 9 to 5″ co-stars Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton.

Congrats and good luck!

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John Legend + Andra Day party with the cast of ‘Underground’ [PHOTOS]

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The cast of WGN’s “Underground” partied like rock stars on Saturday night during a private screening and celebration of its second season during the Sundance Film Festival. Executive producer and Oscar winning singer-songwriter John Legend joined cast members Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Aldis Hodge + show co-creator and executive producer Misha Green, director Anthony Hemingway and Executive producer Mike Jackson, for “Clips and Conversation.”

Director Anthony Hemingway, Misha Green, John Legend, Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Mike Jackson attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

“Underground” struck a cord with audiences around the country and touched on some issues that are still relevant today including race, class, colorism and freedom. The event took place at the Riverhouse on Main and included special appearances by soul music superstar Andra DayAtlanta‘s LaKeith Stanfield, Before I Fall’s Medallion Rahimi, Adam Shapiro, The Mindy ProjectsXosha Roquemore, Insecure‘s Yvonne Orji and The Affair’s Joshua Jackson and actor Kevin Phillips.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Aldis Hodge and DJ Dolph attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Season two of the 10-episode, hour-long series follows an unremitting struggle for freedom within a divided America on the brink of civil war, each side vying to enact their own justice, and begs the question – Are you a Citizen or a Solider? Set in the aftermath of the Macon 7’s daring attempt to stage the greatest escape in history, this group of American heroes continues on their harrowing journey to freedom, with legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman blazing the trail.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Yvonne Orji and Aldis Hodge attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

Lastly, a BIG CONGRATS goes out to the “Underground” stars, who will be picking up the Annual Cast Award at SCAD’s aTVfest for Outstanding Achievement in Television.  The event, which is presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, will take place on Thursday, February 2nd in Atlanta, GA and will include first looks, extended sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes of the show. The cast and the show’s co-creator Misha Green will be in attendance and will stick around for a Q&A and panel discussion.

Check out images from Saturday’s Sundance event below + the latest trailer:

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: John Legend, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell attend WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Lakeith Stanfield attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Yvonne Orji attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Kevin Phillps attends WGN America’s “Underground” Season Two Party, hosted by John Legend, at 2017 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for WGN AMERICA)

The highly anticipated second season premieres on WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.

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Ariana Grande & John Legend to perform duet for Disney’s “Beauty And The Beast” (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Now here is something that put a smile on my face this week. 10-time GRAMMY, Oscar®-winning, and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend and GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande are set to remake the classic Oscar and GRAMMY-winning duet “Beauty and the Beast” as the title track for Disney’s upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation “Beauty and the Beast.” The song will also be featured in the film and on the original motion picture soundtrack which will be released on Walt Disney Records on March 10, 2017.

The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken‘s beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman‘s unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and GRAMMY Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.

The new rendition of the classic song is produced by GRAMMY-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney’s President of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. The history of collaboration between Leib and Fair in film music goes back to the highly-successful “Pretty Woman” soundtrack. “Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record,” says Leib. “No one is a better vocal producer and he also has a great understanding of the filmmaking dynamic.”

The music video for “Beauty and the Beast” will be directed by Dave Meyers, the innovative visionary whose long-time collaborations with major artists like P!nk, Janet Jackson, Ice Cube and Britney Spears have resulted in dozens of award nominations and many wins, including a GRAMMY in 2005 for Best Music Video and 11 MTV Video Music Awards, including one for Katy Perry‘s smash hit “Firework.” He recently directed the music video for P!nk’s hit single “Just Like Fire” from the Walt Disney Records soundtrack for “Alice Through The Looking Glass.”

Click here to place your order for the “Beauty and the Beast” Soundtrack and check out the original song and video below performed by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson:

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