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#UPFRONT to host "20 Feet From Stardom" Post Screening Discussion (VIDEO)

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I am super excited to announce that I will be teaming up with the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State for a post screening discussion of the Oscar-winning film, “20 Feet from Stardom.” The event will take place at the Rialto on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

 

“20 Feet from Stardom” shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.  The featured performers include Táta Vega, Judith Hill, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Claudia Lennear and The Waters. 

 

It also includes Grammy winning vocalist—Lisa Fischer—who will be performing later on in the month on Saturday, October 28 as part of the Rialto’s 2017-18 season. Fischer is best known for her hit record, “How Can I Ease the Pain” and provided background sounds for Tina Turner, Luther Vandross, Sting and The Rolling Stones. 

 

Joining me for the discussion are superstar singers - Keisha Jackson, Debra Killings and Rhonda Thomas!

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.