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Nas, Miguel, T.I., Big Boi, H.E.R & more play One Music Fest [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Some of the biggest names in hip hop, R&B, Indie and soul performed in Atlanta recently as part of the highly anticipated ONE Musicfest. The two-day cultural extravaganza took place at the beautiful Central Park in Midtown and was attended by over 40,000 fans and music enthusiasts.

The festival began with a massive Kick-Off Party at The Gathering Spot presented by Lyft. The event was attended by 1500+ millennials and featured a silent party by Bonfire ATL, music by DJ Trauma and performances by Lion Babe, Tobe Nwigwe, Childish Major, and Taliwhoah.

Day One, thousands packed the park to enjoy the diverse lineup of acts, which included Nas, Miguel, Big Sean, H.E.R, Big K.R.I.T, Davido, DVSN, Goldlink, Teedra Moses, Tobe Nwigwe, Jessie Reyez, Felixx, and Aina Brei’Yon. Each day, Smokin’ Shells hosted a DJ stage where 36 DJs kept the energy high throughout the festival.

Day Two, the stage was “lit” with performances by 2 Chainz, T.I., Big Boi, Monica, August Greene, George Clinton & Parliament, Kelis, Rapsody, the ATL Crunk Set (DJ Nabs, Youngbloodz, Ying Yang Twins, Trillville, Eastside Boyz, Kilo Ali), DJ KP the Great, St. Beauty, Angelina Sherie and the Band of Brothas.

Additionally, Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams stopped by the festival to share her vision for moving Georgia forward. ONE Musicfest was proud to support the local business community, inviting over 35 small businesses and 30 food trucks to participate.

Check out more amazing photos below:

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Photo Credits: DV Photos

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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 

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John Legend 

DIANA ROSS

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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

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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!

Photo Credits: RayCornelius and Mark Angel for RayCornelius.com

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Usher, Gabrielle Union, Mo’Nique & more attend ATL Premiere of ‘Almost Christmas’ [PHOTOS]

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The cast of the upcoming holiday film “Almost Christmas” came out Wednesday night to a very special advanced screening at Atlanta’s Regal Atlantic Station.  Mo’Nique, Gabrielle Union, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, Keri Hilson, Nadej K. Bailey, Marley Taylor, Rachel Kylian, Keon Mitchell and D.C. Young Fly all walked the red carpet as fans screamed their names and tried capturing photos of their favorite stars.

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Originally titled, “A Meyers Christmas,” “Almost Christmas” tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle. The film was written and directed by David E. Talbert and produced by Will Packer. It also stars Nicole Ari Parker, Jessie T. Usher, Kimberly Elise, J.B. Smoove and Romany Malco. There are also special appearances by Grammy winning-singer Monica and legendary songstress and actress Gladys Knight.

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A number of ATL celebrities were in attendance including Usher Raymond, Queen Latifah, Big BoiTyrese Gibson, Ambassador Andrew Young, Jasmine Guy and the cast of Bounce TV’s “Saints & Sinners” Vanessa Bell Calloway, Christians Keyes, Keith Robinson and Dawn HalfKenny.  Other stars spotted on the red carpet included Towanda Braxton, B.J. Britt, “Ink, Paper, Scissors” star CoCo, “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, Swirl Films’ Keith NealThe Tankards from Bravo’s “Thicker Thank Water,” actor T.C. Carson, media personality Frank Ski, Blue Kimble, Reece Odum, Elijah Kelley, Julian Walker and music producers Rock City.

Almost Christmas” opens in theaters November 11!

Check out all of the red carpet photos below:

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Ambassador Andrew Young and his special guests

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Cast of “Saints and Sinners”
Keith Robinson, Vanessa Bell CallowayChristian Keyes and Dawn HalfKenny

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Nadej K. Bailey

 

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Rachel Kylian

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“Ink, Paper, Scissors” star CoCo

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Frank Ski

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Keith Neal 

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Julian Walker 

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Keon Mitchell 

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Big Boi and Towanda Braxton 

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The Tankards 

 

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Jasmine Guy 

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Omar Epps 

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T.C. Carson

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Rock City

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D.C. Young Fly with his family

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Usher Raymond

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Queen Latifah

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Will Packer with David E. Talbert 

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Keri Hilson

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Big Boi and his son

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B.J. Britt

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Gabrielle Union and Will Packer 

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Elijah Kelley

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David E. Talbert and his wife

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton & Jazmine Sullivan to appear at ‘Soul Train Weekend’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

All Aboard!

The Soul Train Weekend is back and better than ever! This year’s 4-day weekend of intimate musical experiences takes place November 3-6 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  Confirmed artists include Jill Scott, Tyrese, Monica, Anthony Hamilton, Jazmine Sullivan, Bell Biv DeVoe, Yuna, Tish Hyman and Kid Capri.

There will also be a special night of comedy with the cast of BET’s “The Comedy Get Down” with Cedric ‘The Entertainer,’ D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin and Charlie Murphy. The events all lead up to the 2016 Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 6 at 6 p.m.

Check out the full list of events below:

THURSDAY, November 3rd

“Acoustically Speaking” Sponsored by Toyota

House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay @ 7:00PM

Featuring Monica, Jazmine Sullivan, Yuna

FRIDAY, November 4th

“Soul Train Music Festival”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Jill Scott, Tyrese, Anthony Hamilton, Tish Hyman

SATURDAY, November 5th

“Soul Train Day Party”

DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay from 12:00PM – 6:00PM

Featuring Bell Biv DeVoe, Kid Capri

“The Comedy Get Down”

Mandalay Bay Events Center @ 8:00PM

Featuring Cedric ‘The Entertainer’, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez, Charlie Murphy

SUNDAY, November 6th

“Soul Train Awards”

Orleans Arena @ 6:00PM

Click here to purchase tickets!

Photo Credit: BET.com

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WATCH 2nd Trailer for ‘When the Bough Breaks’ starring Morris Chestnut (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out the second trailer for the upcoming thriller “When the Bough Breaks” starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall.

As previously reported, the film is a slight take on the 1992 thriller, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle” and features the two actors as a couple who uses a surrogate to have a child. Little do they know, there is more to the fertile beauty than meets the eye. “When the Bough Breaks” also stars Theo Rossi and newcomer Jaz Sinclair. and debuts nationwide in theaters on September 9.

This new trailer features a remake of the Monica & Brandy song, “The Boy is Mine.”

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Common, Pharrell, Fantasia, Timbaland & more to perform at ‘VH1 Hip Hop Honors’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

An all-star tribute is planned for Monday night’s “VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail the Queens.” The show returns with a salute to the first ladies of rap and will recognize the influential careers of Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott, Lil Kim and Salt-N-Pepa, who’s actually celebrating over 30 years in the music industry.

Oscar winning-performer, Common will take to the stage to honor Latifah along with Naughty By Nature, Da Brat, MC Lyte, Rah Digga, Yo-Yo and Suga T. There will also be a special performance of “Ladies First” featuring the Queen and Monie Love.

If that wasn’t enough for you, Grammy winning-performer and songwriter Pharrell Williams will pay tribute to Missy along with her long time collaborator Timbaland. Other tribute performers include Nelly Furtado, Remy Ma, Trina, Eve, Tweet, Monica, Keyshia Cole, Jazmine Sullivan, Raven Symone and Fantasia.

As previously reported, the “VH1 Hip Hop Honors” is being produced by Latifah’s Flavor Unit with Shakim Compere as Executive Producers along with Mona Scott-Young‘s Monami Productions and blacjac Entertainment Group with Jac Benson II as an Executive Producer. It airs Monday, July 11 at 9 p.m. EST.

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Mo’Nique, Monica, Nene Leakes, and more to appear at ‘Women’s Expo’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo is back for another round of fashion, beauty, health and entrepreneurship May 14-15 at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). This year features a bevy of world renowned speakers including RHOA stars NeNe Leakes, Kim Fields, and Cynthia Bailey, “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Heavenly Kimes, and Grammy winning-singer Monica.

Other exciting guest speakers include “Real Housewife of New Jersey” star Teresa Giudice, Broadway actress and HIV/AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, media personality Nancy Grace, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Judge Lauren Lake and Oscar winning-actress and star of “Almost Christmas” Mo’Nique.

According to the website, the Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo will transform GWCC into over 160,000 square feet of shopping experiences along with beauty discoveries, delicious cocktails and free giveaways. There will also be a fashion show and pavilion presented by Macy’s, complimentary massages as well as an appearances by Bravo star and celebrity hairstylist Tabatha Coffey and Grammy winning singer/songwriter and reality star Tameka “Tiny’ Harris.

Atlanta Ultimate Women’s Expo hours are Saturday 10a-5p and Sunday 11a-5p.

Click here for more information!

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MONICA covers SHEEN Magazine’s March/April Issue

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B superstar Monica covers the Social Media Mania edition of SHEEN Magazine. Inside the Grammy winning-diva engages in a Q&A Twitter session where she talks candidly about her 20 + year career, marriage, and children.

“What I talk about and share the most is what is important to me, that being first and foremost my faith and next to my faith is my family,” she says.

Also featured in this March/April issue is Wardrobe Consultant Fash; “Saints & Sinners” actress Jasmine Burke, Blogger extraordinaire Necole Kane (formerly Necole Bitchie) and media mogul Karen Civil.

Family is at the center of multi-talented stars Holly Robinson Peete’s and Rickey Smiley’s lives as they put it all on display on their reality TV shows.

Check out the full cover featuring Monica below:

unnamed-43Join the conversation with the Social Media Mania March/April issue on stands March 1, 2016.

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Chris Brown, Lil Kim, Kelly Price, Monica & More to appear at ATL’s Black Gay Pride

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The stars will align Labor Day Weekend for Atlanta’s 2015 Black Gay Pride.  Pop superstar, Chris Brown will join R&B divas Kelly Price and Monica plus hip-hop queen, Lil Kim for the Pure Heat Community Festival, the country’s leading LGBTQ celebration. Also slated to appear over the weekend is RHOA star Porsha Williams, Good Music’s Teyana Taylor, “Empire” star Az Marie and “L.A. Hair” starlet, Gocha Hawkins.

Pure Heat Community Festival takes place on Sunday, September 6 from 12p-8p at historic Piedmont Park and will also feature market and food vendors, educational forums and lots of giveaways. In addition to all of the entertainment, Pure Heat will offer an opportunity to bring heighten awareness to issues that greatly impact the LGBTQ community including HIV/AIDS, human rights, education, health & wellness and homelessness.

“Pure Heat Atlanta Black Pride is a dynamic opportunity to showcase the diversity and uniqueness of the LGBT community. 2015 promises to be even greater than previous years” says Traxx Girls founder, Melissa Scott.

Click here for more information!

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BET’s ‘2015 Players’ Awards’ is a slam dunk with fans & scores high ratings!

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Hosted by funnyman and Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah at The Penn & Teller Theater in The Rio Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, “The Players’ Awards” celebrated and honored top NBA players, coaches and arenas.

Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) was the player of the night, winning two awards: “Clutch Performer” and “Hardest to Guard”. And Curry’s home court Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA took home the award for “Best Home Court Advantage”. While James Harden (Houston Rockets) took home the “Most Valuable Player” Award sponsored by Toyota®.

Allen Iverson graciously accepted the honor for “Gamer Changer” as well as humbled Ray Allen honored for “Man of the Year,” both celebrated for their outstanding career achievements and being influential both on and off the court. Additionally, President Obama taped a special message for his friend Ray Allen.

Viewers were treated to memorable performances throughout the night by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Monica, Kid Ink and DJ Khaled as the house DJ.

The complete list of “Top Vote Getters are:

Best Rookie: Andrew Wiggins

Best Defender: DeAndre Jordan

Global Impact Player: Pau Gasol

Clutch Performer: Stephen Curry

Coach You Most Want to Play For: Greg Popovich

Hardest to Guard: Stephen Curry

Best Home Court Advantage: Oracle Arena (Golden State)

Player You Secretly Wish was On Your Team:LeBron James

Most Valuable Player (Toyota sponsored): James Harden

Honors:

Man of the Year Award: Honoring Ray Allen

Game Changer Award: Honoring Allen Iverson

Source: BET

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(WATCH) Monica Discuss a Teacher ‘Snatching Up’ Her Son at Box Tops for Education (PHOTOS)

Monica posing for press at Box Tops for Education Town Hall Meeting/ Photo Credit: Megal Alodie

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

R&B singer Monica recently participated in the Box Tops for Education Town Hall Meeting in Atlanta, GA.  The 33-year-old mother and Atlanta native was part of a lively panel discussion about children’s education, policies and issues.  The forum also included guest moderator and TV One news anchor Roland Martin, former CNN anchor and television personality T.J. Holmes, Clark Atlanta University Present Dr. Carlton E. Brown, Ronald Skeete of Georgia Children’s Aid Society, 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes and Erica Jensen, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications at General Mills.

During the conversation, Monica opened up about a recent experience with a teacher who wrongfully disciplined her 8-year-old son Rocko by “snatching him up.”  For Monica, the situation was handled professionally because of her active parental involvement.  “You have to know your child and really be involved. I know my son. He does what he’s told.  I was able to handle it in a positive way. I spoke with the principal, the other teachers and the students and we were able to resolve it because I’m active,”  said the Grammy-winning performer.

Check out the story in the video below:

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As previously reported, Box Tops for Education is a program started by General Mills in 1996 which helps communities provide kids the tools needed for success by generating cash schools can use. Schools have earned more than $600 million through the program by creating an easy way for community members to support schools without having to spend extra money. Schools can earn up to $20,000 a year from the program.

Below are  some additional photos including proclamations Box Tops received from both Fulton and DeKalb Counties:

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Atlanta City Council President Caesar Mitchell presents a proclamation declaring April 3, 2014 Box Tops for Education Day to Erica Jensen, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications at General Mills during the Box Tops for Education Town Hall Press Conference.

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Erica Jensen, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications at General Mills accepts a proclamation from Diamond Lewis, director of DeKalb County Television, declaring April 3, 2014 Box Tops for Education Day during the Box Tops for Education Town Hall Press Conference.

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 Walmart presenting a $2500 check to Beecher Elementary School/ Photo Credit: Megal Alodie

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(left to right) Moderator Roland Martin, host of TV One’s “News One Now”; Clark Atlanta University Present Dr. Carlton E. Brown; 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes; former CNN anchor and television personality T.J. Holmes; Erica Jensen, Senior Manager of Integrated Marketing Communications at General Mills; Ronald Skeete of Georgia Children’s Aid Society; and celebrity mom and Grammy Award®-winning artist Monica during the Box Tops for Education Town Hall.

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 Monica discussing issue with Rocko while T. J. Holmes looks on

Monica and Dr. Brown

Monica posing with Dr. Carlton Brown, President of Clark Atlanta University/ Photo Credit: Megal Alodie

Photo Credits: Megan Alodie for RayCornelius.com and Box Tops for Education

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RC attends ‘UNCF An Evening of Stars’ (PHOTOS)

R&B singer Sevyn Streeter performing at the UNCF An Evening of Stars/Photo Credit: MGR/LinxImages

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The 35th Annual UNCF An Evening of Stars was taped last night in Atlanta’s Boisfeuillet Jones Civic Center. The star-studded event is the organization’s biggest fundraiser and collects millions of dollars for its UNCF member Historically Black Colleges & Universities as well as UNCF scholarships and programs.  The show, which was previously held in Los Angeles, was moved to Atlanta and was hosted once again by comedic actor Anthony Anderson.

Many of entertainment’s biggest and brightest stars performed during the show including Jill Scott, Monica with the legendary Isley Brothers, YouTube sensation Spoken Reasons with Marsha Ambrosius and R&B newcomers Alice Smith, August Alsina and Sevyn Streeter.

There were also appearances by Cedric the Entertainer, Braxton Family Values  stars – Tamar, Trina and Towanda Braxton, DJ Drama, actress Demetria McKinney, actor-singer Mack Wilds, actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield and 106 & Park  host  Keshia Chanté.  Also spotted in the audience were singers Algebra and Kenny Lattimore, actor Brad James and CEO of BobbCat Films, Roger Bobb.

R&B heartthrobs Usher and Trey Songz presented scholarships on behalf of their foundations and Gospel superstar Ty Tribbett closed out the show with a “hand clapping, toe tapping” finale.

The telecast will air this Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. EST on BET.

Check out a few photos from the red carpet and show below:

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 Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield and  acclaimed TV and Film producer Roger Bobb

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 Singer Monica and actor/singer Mack Wilds

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 Braxton Family Value  stars Towanda and Trina Braxton

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Jill Scott opened the show with some of her biggest hits like “The Way”

Anthony Anderson

 Anthony Anderson hosted the show for the year in a row

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 Cedric the Entertainer and Anderson joking around before presenting a scholarship

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 Monica performs For the “Love of You” with Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers

Usher Raymond

Usher presented a scholarship to a lucky student on behalf of UNCF and his New Look Foundation

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 RC with Sasha the Diva from ATL’s Kiss 104.1 FM

RC on the red carpet

RC reporting from the Red Carpet!

Photo Credits: MGR/LinxImages

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Monica, T.J. Holmes & Roland Martin team up for 3rd Annual Box Tops for Education

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Celebrity Mom and Grammy winning artist Monica is joining forces with former CNN news anchor TJ Holmes and TV One news anchor Roland Martin for the 2014 Box Tops for Education program.

The event will feature Clark Atlanta University President Dr. Carlton E. Brown, Ronald Skeete of Children’s Aid Society and 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes for a discussion about our nation’s most valuable resource: our children.

The town hall is inspired by the Box Tops for Education program, created by General Mills as an easy way for community members to support schools. Each participating brand carries a “Box Top” coupon worth 10 cents to a school, and unrestricted funds earned by submitting the Box Tops to General Mills can be used to purchase books, school supplies, playground equipment, teacher training, computers, etc.

“At Box Tops for Education®, we believe every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential. We are thrilled to be able to rally the community behind our purpose and talk about ways to ensure that children receive the best education possible,”  said marketing manager Tsubasa Tanaka.

The invitation-only event will be made available for viewing via webcast on Hello Beautiful.

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LeBron James to star in sequel to ‘Space Jam’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that NBA All-Star LeBron James is teaming up with Warner Bros. for Space Jam 2.  This is a follow up to the hugely popular 1996 live-action animated comedy which starred NBA icon Michael Jordan and featured a host of Looney Tunes characters like Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny.

The film is reportedly being developed by Charlie Ebersol, son of broadcasting veteran Dick Ebersol.

Space Jam  followed Jordan as he tried to help the Looney Toons play a basketball game vs. alien slavers to determine their freedom. The film’s soundtrack featured a bevy of hit singles including R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and Monica’s “For You, I Will.”

As previously reported, James will also star in Survivor’s Remorse, a new STARZ series that will explore what truly happens when one becomes rich and famous yet feels a sense of guilt for having made it out. Filming begins in the spring with the series debuting in the fall.

RC will keep you posted on Space Jams 2 as the project continues to develop.