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‘Black Music Honors’ to salute Stephanie Mills, Whodini, Bobby Brown + BeBe and CeCe Winans

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Congratulations to Grammy ®Award-winning singer and Broadway legend—STEPHANIE MILLS! She will be recognized during this year’s Black Music Honors. The highly anticipated evening, hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will celebrate the artistry of the music industry’s most revered icons.

Mills will receive the Legends Award, honoring her illustrious music and acting career spanning more than four decades. Brooklyn-based rap group, Whodini, will be presented the Hip Hop Icon Award for their musical contributions. Both will join an impressive list of previously announced honorees – BeBe and CeCe Winans, Bobby Brown, Faith Evans and Dallas Austin

The celebratory night will also feature exciting performances by Keyshia Cole, Raheem DeVaughn, Next, Young Buck, Yo-Yo, Ruben Studdard, Jade Novah, Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman, Tasha Page-Lockhart, Monie Love, Kierra Sheard, and Jonathan McReynolds.

The 2018 Black Music Honors will take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 16 and will air as a two-hour television special on Bounce TV Sept. 28, 2018.

Stay tuned…

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Patti LaBelle releases Holiday CD + Performing at MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

GRAMMY® Award-winner Patti LaBelle will be spreading some holiday cheer during Thursday morning’s highly anticipated MACY’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The music legend is scheduled to perform songs from her new Christmas album, Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays. It drops this Friday, November 24.

Patti LaBelle and Friends – Home for the Holidays showcases Miss Patti along with some amazing collaborators like Vivian Green (“My Favorite Things”), Ruben Studdard (“Let It Snow”), Tamela Mann (“Jesus King!”) and piano virtuoso, Jamar Jones (“Brazilian Sleigh Bells”).  In addition to the album, Miss Patti’s popular cooking show, “Patti LaBelle’s Place,” will premiere its second season on the Cooking Channel beginning Sunday, November 26.

She will also have a recurring role on Lee Daniels‘ Fox series “Star” as Queen Latifah’s mother, Christine. Look for her and Brandy Norwood this spring.

Check out the track list below for Patti LaBelle and Friends:

  1. My Favorite Things – Jamar Jones featuring Vivian Green
  2. Don’t Save It All For Christmas Day – Patti LaBelle
  3. Presence With Me – Ruben Studdard
  4. Maybe Next Year – Vivian Green
  5. Mary Did You Know? – Patti LaBelle
  6. Let It Snow – Ruben Studdard
  7. Brazilian Sleigh Bells – Jamar Jones
  8. The Christmas Song – Vivian Green
  9. O What A Night – Jamar Jones
  10.  Christmas Time Is Here – Jamar Jones, Patti LaBelle & Friends
  11. Grown Up Christmas List – Patti LaBelle
  12.  Jesus King! – Patti LaBelle and Tamela Mann
  13.  Avé Maria – Ruben Studdard
  14. Brahms Lullaby – Patti LaBelle
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#UPFRONT talks to Jordan Peele, Ruben Studdard, Blue Kimble & more! (AUDIO)

Just in case you missed it, here is a link to last weekend’s edition of my radio show, “UPFRONT.” It was packed with more celebrities than ever before including NBC’s “Taken” stars Gaius Charles and Brooklyn Sudano. The two opened up about the show and why fans of the movie franchise are going to love the new TV version.

Comedic actor turned director Jordan Peele talked about his new horror film, “Get Out” and why it is so timely. Atlanta actress Andrea Frye stopped by to discuss directing the Georgia Ensemble Theatre production of “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years.” She also dished about working with Tyler Perry and his popular series, “If Loving You is Wrong” and meeting Aretha Franklin.

Ray Cornelius with Andrea Frye 

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard talked about covering the Sam Cooke classic, “A Change Is Gonna Come” while Odessa/Havana’s Dave BuchBinder opened up about this year’s Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

Closing out the show was Blue Kimble. The super talented actor stopped by to chat about the TV One’s original movie, “Media.” The former Morris Brown student was also excited about the project that will air later on this year as a television series.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute radio magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the “Entertainment Capital of the South.” It airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and his hosted by yours truly, Ray Cornelius.

Click here to check out past shows!

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Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monaé & The Isley Bros. honored at 2015 Trumpet Awards [PHOTOS]

Written by | Ray Cornelius 

Civil Rights pioneer Xernona Clayton and her Trumpet Foundation celebrated 23 years of excellence Saturday night by presenting the 2015 Trumpet Awards. The annual award ceremony took place at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center and was sponsored by American Family Insurance and GM.

Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Honoree

 Honoree Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice with husband

The Trumpet Awards acknowledges the accomplishments of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. Special recognition is given to the few, who symbolize the many, who have overcome the ills of racism and poverty and achieved special greatness. Awards are given in areas of education, medicine, arts & entertainment, business & entrepreneurship, and community service.

Isaac and Janelle

 Red Carpet host Isaac Carree interviewing Honoree Janelle Monaé

This year’s honorees included Baseball Hall of Famer, Lou Brock; Carnival Corporation CEO, Arnold W. Donald; Fashion Icon Tommy Hilfiger; President of PVH, Guy Vickers; President of The Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice; Chairman of Sunshine Holdings LTD, Franklyn R. Wilson; Singer and Covergirl, Janelle Monaé; Multi-award winning entertainer, Jamie Foxx; and R&B icons, The Isley Brothers.

Andrew Young

 Ambassador Andrew Young and wife Carolyn Young

Celebrity presenters included Ted Lange, Egypt Sherrod, Cathy HughesJimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Roland Martin, Quvenzhané Wallis with special performances by Avery*Sunshine, Chanté Moore, Leela James, Ruben Studdard,The Bar-Kays, ConFunkShun, Dorinda Clark-Cole and many more.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by boxing champion, Laila Ali and “The Biggest Loser” star Dolvett Quince.

Check out red carpet photos below shot by yours truly:

Eygpt and DJ Fadelph

HGTV’s Egypt Sherrod and husband DJ Fadelf

Naturi Naughton Debra Cox

“Power” star Naturi Naughton and Singer Deborah Cox 

Jonathan Slocumb

Comedian Jonathan Slocumb

Jasmine Burke Mali Music

Actress& Singer Jasmine Burke/Recording artist Mali Music 

AverySunshine Monyetta Shaw

R&B singer Avery*Sunshine/”Atlanta Exes” star Monyetta Shaw 

Michael Cooper and Con Funk Shon

R&B/Funk legends ConFunkShun

Quvenzhane Wallis Ted Lange

Oscar nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis/ TV icon Ted Lange with soap star Chrystee Pharris

Mystikal and Shae Johnson

“Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” star Shay Johnson with hip-hop star Mystikal

Lou Gossett Jr. Leela James

Oscar winner Louis Gossett, Jr./”R&B Diva” star Leela James

Tyler Lepley

 “The Have and the Have Nots “actor Tyler Lepley

Rosci Diaz

 “Entertainment Tonight” Correspondent Rocsi Diaz 

Rita Love Owens

 American Family Insurance’s Rita Love Owens and guest

 Lou Brock Honoree Dorinda Clark Cole

 Honoree Lou Brock and wife/ Gospel legend Dorinda Clark-Cole

Janelle Monae Juanita Baranco

Honoree Janelle Monaé/Past honoree Juanita Baranco with family

Erin Isley

Honoree Ernie Isley and wife

 Dr. Jackie M2M Arnold Donald Honoree

 “Married to Medicine” star Dr. Jackie Walters with guest/Honoree Arnold W. Donald and wife

Erica Dixon

“Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta” star Erica Dixon with daughter

Claudia and Jamie Foxx

RHOA star Claudia Jordan with Honoree Jamie Foxx

 Laila Ali

Trumpet Award host Laila Ali with guest

Jamie with Kathy Hughes

Honoree Jamie Foxx with TV One’s Cathy Hughes

 Carlos King RHOA Chante Moore

 RHOA Executive Producer Carlos King/”R&B Diva” star Chante Mooré

Xernona Clayton

 Trumpet Awards Creator and Civil Rights Icon, Xernona Clayton

The Trumpet Awards will air on TV One February 21.

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‘Verses & Flow’ returns Aug. 16 ft. Maxwell, K. Michelle, Joe + FULL SCHEDULE

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Lexus and TV One today announced the show stopping return of the NAACP Image Award-nominated variety show Verses and Flow,  premiering on Saturday, August 16, at 10 p.m. Blending electrifying musical and soul-stirring spoken word performances, the eight-episode season will feature mega-watt stars Maxwell, K. Michelle, Joe, Johnny Gill, Ruben Studdard, Candice Glover, Gary Clark Jr., Sebastian Mikael, Leela James, Anthony Hamilton, Alice Smith, Mali Music alongside more than 25 of the best up-and-coming poets.

K. Michelle

 K. Michelle

As previously reported, the show will be hosted by Laz Alonso, who recently reprised his role as Fenix in the mega-hit feature film, Fast & Furious 6,  and is currently in production on the TV series, The Mysteries of Laura.  He won the hearts of many with the hit romantic comedy, Jumping the Broom  for which he won a 2012 NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture.”

Alice Smith

 Alice Smith

“At Lexus, we are dedicated to giving artists platforms to expose their craft.  We created Verses And Flow to offer these talented poets and R & B stars a high profile space to gain visibility with the broader audience they deserve.  Season Four is especially exciting because this year we present a fresh new look with a brand new studio and host.  In addition, we are happy to partner with ICON MANN showcasing poetry by some of the most highly regarded actors in the Black community,”  said Brian Smith, Lexus Vice President of Marketing.

Leelah James

 Leela James and Anthony Hamilton

“Verses and Flow continues to amplify and deliver on TV One’s commitment to showcasing a wide spectrum of remarkably talented artists,” said Maureen Guthman, SVP of Program Strategy and Acquisitions for TV One. “Bringing together today’s iconic musicians and preeminent spoken-word artists on one stage presents a narrative that is as inspiring as it is entertaining. “

Check out the full schedule below:

August 16 at 10 p.m. EST

Maxwell accompaniedby Adam Blackstonewith spoken word artists Miles Hodges, Chiara Richardson, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and the celebrity participants of ICON-MANN

August 23 at 10 p.m. EST 

Johnny Gill, and spoken word artists Treesje Powers with Rudy Francisco, Breeze “I Life This” The Poetand Joe P.

August 30 at 10 p.m. EST

K. Michelle and spoken word artists Rage Almighty, Rob Gibsun and Ramya Ramana

August 30 at 10:30 p.m. EST

Leela James, Anthony Hamilton and Sebastian Mikael, with spoken word artists Michael “Chief” Peterson, Tonya Ingram and Deonte Scott

September 6 at 10 p.m. EST

Candice Glover and Mali Music with spoken word artists “Tim Toaster Henderson,” Phenomenon The Poetand Black Ice

September 13 at 10 p.m. EST

Joe with spoken word artists DDE The Slammer, Obbie West and Lady Caress

September 20 at 10 p.m. EST

Ruben Studdard with spoken word artists Jasmine Williams, Jive Poetic, Joshua Bennettwith Zora Howard

September 27 at 10 p.m. EST 

Gary Clark Jr. and Alice Smith with spoken word artists Philosophy, Pages Matamand Katelyn Lucas


Taraji P. Henson to host BET’s ‘Celebration of Gospel’ + All-Star Line Up

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

BET has announced that Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson will host this year’s 14th Annual Celebration of Gospel.  The noted actress is replacing comedian Steve Harvey, who served as show’s host for for 13 years.

“I am thrilled to join the BET “Celebration of Gospel” family.  I look forward to a great evening of incredible music and continuing the rich history of BET and gospel music which started 14 years ago hosted by the talented and very funny Steve Harvey,”  said Henson.

This year’s show promises a cool mix of contemporary gospel artists with some of today’s hottest R&B singers including Idol  winner Ruben Studdard, Sunday Best  winner LeAndria Johnson, SWV, India.Arie, Rance Allen Group and Jonathan McReynolds.

There will also rousing performances from gospel music superstars like Donnie McClurkin, VaShawn Mitchell and Tye Tribbett along with R&B Divas’  Chanté Moore and Grammy winner Lalah Hathaway. Gospel music pioneer Richard Smallwood will be honored and along with tributes from Pastor Shirley Caesar and Dr. Bobby Jones.

Audience members will experience spirit-filled performances from Yolanda Adams, Erica Campbell, Hezekiah Walker, Tamela Mann, Tasha Cobbs, Detrick Haddon, J.J. Hairston, Sunday Best  Season 6 winner Tasha Page-Lockhart and current Idol winner Candice Glover.  Additionally, R&B music legend Charlie Wilson will share his testimony in a sanctified song titled “If I Believe” that’s sure to shift the atmosphere.

“Since its’ inception, ‘Celebration of Gospel’ has brought together the best voices from both the secular and gospel music worlds to give praise like only they can,” said President of Music Programming & Specials, Stephen Hill for BET Networks. “This year is no exception because at the end of the day, everyone’s roots are in gospel music.  A gathering of powerful singers like these on one show can only happen on BET.”

BET’s annual gospel music special, “Celebration of Gospel” tapes Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, CA, and will premiere on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 8 p.m./EST.

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‘Idol’ alum Ruben Studdard seeks help from ‘The Biggest Loser’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Former American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard is reaching out to another reality show for some assistance. The “Velvet Teddy Bear” is joining NBC’s hit reality series, The Biggest Loser  to help him control his weight problem.

According to THR, Studdard gained a considerable amount of pounds after he divorce his wife, Surata Zuri in 2012 after just three years of marriage. Studdard claims this is the first time he’s really had to deal with his out of control weight.

“I’ve never had an issue with my weight,” Studdard previously told Billboard. “[But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues — things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”

Look for Studdard to compete on the 15th installment of the show this fall.