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UPFRONT featuring Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, 'What Men Want' and more (AUDIO)

Ray Cornelius
Ray Cornelius with Kirk and Tammy Franklin

Check out last weekend's edition of UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. It features my red carpet interviews from the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration which aired recently on BET. I got a chance to chat briefly with a number of the show's performers and presenters including gospel greats: Kirk Franklin and Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, newcomer Koryn Hawthorne and Greenleaf star Deborah Joy Winans. 

UPFRONT also talked to Taraji P. Henson about her new film What Men Want which opens in theaters this weekend. The film is a new version of the Mel Gibson classic What Women Want and was produced by Will Packer and James Lopez. It also stars Tracy Morgan and Erykah Badu. 

Closing out UPFRONT was my conversation with The Local Take's Kiplyn Primus. She opens up about PNC Bank's Black History Month Salute to Atlanta's Art and Entertainment Icons such as Kathleen Bertrand's BronzeLens Film Festival, visual artist Dr. Fahamu Pecou, playwright and author Pearl Cleage and artstic director of Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company Jamil Jude. We also premiered the PNC Bank Black History Month Vignettes and more. 

UPFRONT airs every Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and is hosted by Ray Cornelius.   

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.