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UPFRONT featuring Denise Burse, Armondi Stokes-Hicks and Sy Smith (AUDIO)

Ray Cornelius with Armondi Stokes-Hicks

Check out this past weekend’s edition of UPFRONT! It featured stage and television actress Denise Burse talking about her role in the True Colors Theatre production of DOT. The star of Black Mirror and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne opened up about how her real life experiences prepared her for the role and more. 

Singer-songwriter and the reigning “Queen of Underground Soul” Sy Smith chopped it up about music from her new album Sometimes a Rose Will Grow In Concrete. She also talked about working with the  late Whitney Houston and performing for her Howard University sisters - Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad. 

Closing out the show was young filmmaker Armondi Stokes-Hicks. He stopped by to chat about his new film, You Can’t Save Everyone. I also featured some amazing tunes from Sy Smith along with jazz greats Shirley Horn and Tony Bennett. 


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.