Ray Cornelius

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012.  Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider  and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.

Ailey II

Ailey II returns for a second year to Atlanta's historic Rialto Center for the Arts on Saturday, October 20 at 8 p.m. 

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers. One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Ailey II combines a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University is kicking off its new jazz season with the one and only Cyrus Chestnut Trio. It takes place on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. and features Chestnut along with Nimrod Speaks on bass and Chris Beck on drums.

The show will feature new music from his forthcoming album Kaleidoscope

Join Brian Culbertson for an evening of smooth jazz this Saturday, October 13 at the Mablehouse Barnes Amphitheatre. The show begins at 7 p.m. and features Culbertson along with special guests---Jazz in Pink . 

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Incognito is recognized as one of the best funk/jazz/soul outfits in the world. A pioneer of the "acid jazz" movement who has delighted listeners and dancers for decades, Incognito has scored hits with versions of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" and Ronnie Laws' "Always There," selling more than a million records worldwide in the process.

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Check out this week's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. I got a chance to talk with Virginia Johnson, Artistic Director of the famed Dance Theatre of Harlem. She opens up about the company's upcoming Atlanta engagement at the Cobb Energy Centre plus the legacy of the company's founder Arthur Mitchell, who passed away last month. 

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