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#UPFRONT to feature 'Trumpet Awards,' BET's The Quad, Osar Nominations & more

(l to r) Rob Hardy, Jasmine Guy, E. Roger Mitchell, Ray Cornelius and Larry Rhem

Don’t forget to join me this Saturday morning at 9 a.m. for another exciting edition of “UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.

This week I will be airing all of my exclusive coverage of this year’s Trumpet Awards, which are scheduled to air on Sunday, January 29 at 9 p.m. on Bounce. I had a blast and can’t wait to share that with you.

I also have the cast of BET’s new original scripted series, “The Quad” in the studio to dish about the one-hour drama and why the New York Timesnamed it one of “15 TV Shows to Watch in 2017.”  Jasmine Guy, CAU Alum Larry Rhem, stage and TV actor E. Roger Mitchell and the show’s executive producer and director Rob Hardy open up about their characters and the cultural relevance of this new series.

“The Quad” follows an ambitious yet troubled Dr. Eva Fletcher (played by Anika Noni Rose) as the newly-elected President of the fictional Georgia A&M University, who is charged with saving the prestigious HBCU from bankruptcy and her twenty-year marriage from crumbling. At the same time, she must manage to repair a tumultuous relationship with her rebellious only daughter while handling a diverse freshman class.

I will also be talking to Kathleen Bertrand and Deidre McDonald of Atlanta’s BronzeLens Film Festival. The ladies will chat about the festival becoming an Oscar qualifier for short films and this week’s historic Academy Award nominations in which three African American movies received nominations for Best Picture.

“UPFRONT” Inside Atlanta Entertainment Industry is 30-minute magazine that features one-on-one interviews with all of the major players and behind-the-scenes superstars that make Atlanta the new “Entertainment Capital of the South.”


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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.