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AUGUST 10: FunkJazz Kafé 25th Anniversary

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FunkJazz Kafé"

Jason Orr, creator of the FunkJazz Kafé is celebrating 25 years of this Atlanta tradition on Saturday, August 10 at 8 p.m. at the Tabernacle. This amalgamation of art, music, poetry, dance and unforgettable live performances has featured some of the biggest and brightest talents in entertainment including Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Avery*Sunshine, Bilal, Omar, Maxwell, Soul II Soul, and Dionne Farris. 

"This will be a monumental FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival as we celebrate our 25th year! We extend our gratitude to those who've supported our festival and award-winning documentary film nationally and internationally for over two decades. With our dedicated support for cultural preservation, free expression and creativity, we've maintained a historical legacy of setting the stage for what's soulful, authentic, funky, next and cool in multiple artistic disciplines." 

I got a chance to chat with Jason this week for UPFRONT where he talked about the future of the brand, his new film projects and so much more. 

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.