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UPFRONT talks to Robin Givens, Brian J. White and more about 'AMBITIONS'


I had the distinct pleasure recently of attending the sexy and sultry red carpet premiere of OWN’s new dramatic series AMBITIONS. The highly anticipated Will Packer Production airs Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. following The Haves and the Have Nots.


Created by executive producer/writer Jamey Giddens, Ambitions explores the sexy, deceitful machinations of love, power and politics in America’s hottest urban mecca, Atlanta, Georgia. The series centers around the intense rivalry between formidable legal eagles Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens) and Amara Hughes (Essence Atkins), former best friends from college who find themselves adversaries in both their personal and professional lives. The show also stars Brian J. White (Scandal), Kendrick Cross (Acrimony), Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane), Erica Page (Ozark) and Donna Biscoe (Saints & Sinners).


The advanced screening of the series was held at the swanky Gathering Spot and was attended by all of the cast, crew and producers. A good number OWN stars were also present including Joel Rush (If Loving You Is Wrong), Merle Dandridge (Greenleaf) and DJ Stormy (Ready to Love). Other notables included actor Morocco Omari (P-Valley), former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, actress Terri J. Vaughn, gospel singer Micah Stampley and RHOA starlet Marlo Hampton.


Watch all of my red carpet coverage below:


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.