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UPFRONT talks to award-winning filmmaker Ayoka Chinzera

Ray Cornelius
Ayoka Chenzira

Check out my exclusive UPFRONT interview with award-winning filmmaker Ayoka Chinzera. The acclaimed director, writer and producer will be receiving the Catalyst Superstar Award during this year's Women Superstars Luncheonat the BronzeLens Film Festival and stopped by to chat about that and much more. 

Chinzera is a woman of "firsts" and has been making films and telling our stories since the 1970s. She is one of the first African-American woman animators and one of the first women in film education. She currently serves as the Division Chair for the Arts and the Chair of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College. 

Chenzira most recently directed an episode of OWN's award-winning dramatic series "Queen Sugar."


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.