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#UPFRONT to feature Anika Noni Rose, Amandla Stenberg, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker & more!

Ray Cornelius with Anika Noni Rose, Amandla Stenberg and Stella Meghie

Don’t forget to check out this morning’s edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. In this week’s show, we go on the set of TV One’s new original movie, “Downsized” starring Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker. The two actors play a young couple who were forced into a modern “shotgun” wedding after becoming teenaged parents while putting their personal goals on hold in order to support their family. Amazingly, they manage to overcome the odds and establish a seemingly ideal life for themselves. However, the success that initially was meant to strengthen their family has become the very thing that is driving them apart. Boris and Nicole open up about the similarities between them and their characters and why they absolutely adore ATLANTA! 



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Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker


UPFRONT also got a chance to visit the set of TV One’s upcoming crime and justice series, “Evidence of Innocence” hosted by Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump and executive produced by Rushion McDonald. “Evidence of Innocence” profiles the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned and the challenge to rebuild their lives. McDonald and Crump open up about the inspiration behind the series and why viewers should tune in.



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Ray Cornelius with Rushion McDonald and Attorney Benjamin Crump


Closing out today’s show is the cast of the movie “Everything, Everything,” Amandla Stenberg and Tony winning actress Anika Noni Rose. The two play a mother and daughter in this film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best selling book of the same name. “Everything, Everything” follows Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house. Olly, is the boy next door who won’t let that stop him from showing his love for her. Also joining the interview is the film’s director, Stella Meghie. “Everything, Everything” opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, May 19th.




#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. 


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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.