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UPFRONT featuring Terry Burrell, Omar Epps and Official Soul Sisters (AUDIO)

Ray Cornelius with Terry Burrell

Today's UPFRONT was on fiyah! It featured my one-on-one interviews with Broadway actress Terry Burrell, iconic film actor Omar Epps and the Official Soul Sisters - Keisha Jackson, Heather Hayes and Dr. Yamma Brown. 

Burrell is starring in Dominion Entertainment Group's new production of CROWNS. The show is playing now through June 10 at the Southwest Arts Center and was written by actress Regina Taylor.  The show is a celebratory gospel musical in which hats become a springboard for an exploration of black history and identity as seen through the eyes of a young black woman who has come down South to stay with her aunt after her brother is killed in Brooklyn. (CLICK HERE for tickets)

Iconic film actor Omar Epps was recently in Atlanta for Gentleman Jack's Real to Reel Short Film Competition and talked to UPFRONT about his new book, From Fatherless to Fatherhood. The star of Love and Basketball, Higher Learning and Juice, writes intimately and earnest about his journey from being raised ina single-parent household, through his rise in the entertainment industry and ultimate success as an actor and family man. 

In celebration of Black Music Month, I re-aired my interview with the Official Soul Sisters - Keisha Jackson, Heather Hayes and Dr. Yamma Brown. They are the daughters of music icons - Millie Jackson, Issac Hayes and James Brown. Each of them open up about the legacy of their legendary parents and more.  

I also played music from Tracy Chapman and R+R= Now, who will be performing at Variety Playhouse on June 15 for two shows.  

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.