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    Carnival Cruise Line Partners With Tom Joyner Foundation For 2016 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Taking Place Aboard Carnival Breeze In April

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    Featured Musical Artists Include Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, New Edition, Johnny Gill and Many Others

    The Ultimate Party with a Purpose®, the voyage will take place aboard Carnival Breeze with a customized eight-day Caribbean voyage departing April 23, 2016, and visiting the beautiful tropical destinations of St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Grand Turk. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and serves as a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the Historical Black Colleges and Universities of which Carnival is a proud sponsor. "This is one of those special experiences that will stay with you forever," said Tom Joyner . "We sell out every year and our partner, Carnival, takes the event to the next level with a premiere ship and outstanding service." The star-studded line-up of artists performing during the cruise includes Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, New Edition, Johnny Gill, and more than 60 entertainers. The ship is programmed from sunup to sundown with exclusive concerts, fitness classes, and inspiration and empowerment seminars. Each night is a colorful party with theme nights including All Black Everything, Denim & Diamonds, #FlashbackFriday, Mardi Gras, Pajama Night, Represent Night, White Night, and a formal Sneaker Ball.  There will also be "Day Parties," including a special event to honor military veterans. "We're pleased and honored for Carnival Cruise Line to serve as the Official Cruise Line of the Fantastic Voyage, supporting the efforts of the Tom Joyner Foundation," said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company with a portfolio of 10 of the world's leading cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line.  "This year's cruise promises to deliver an unforgettable experience featuring top entertainers, great destinations and exciting on-board activities while supporting students at our historically black colleges and universities," he added. Commented Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, "We're delighted once again to serve as a proud partner of the Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage which provides participants with a lifetime of wonderful memories both on board and ashore, all while raising money for a very worthwhile cause." For additional information on the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, please visit fantasticvoyage.blackamericaweb.com. About Carnival Cruise Line Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 24 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda,Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  The company currently has two new 133,500-ton ships on order--Carnival Vista, set to debut in 2016, and an as-yet-unnamed vessel scheduled to enter service in 2018. About The Tom Joyner Foundation: The Tom Joyner Foundation was founded in 1998 as the brainchild of nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner. The mission of the Foundation is to support historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with scholarships, endowments and capacity-building enhancements. Through fundraising and donor development initiatives, $65 million has been raised to support more than 29,000 students attending HBCUs.'

    The Avett Brothers Release “We Americans” Music Video

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    The Avett Brothers Release “We Americans” Music Video

    Today, The Avett Brothers release the official music video for their song “We Americans.” The song was part of their most recent album Closer Than Together released on October 4, 2019.
     

    Check out “We Americans” music video here!
     
    The lyrics of the song touch on many moments in America’s history. 
    The Biggest Music Cruise On The Seas Has Set Sail

    The Biggest Music Cruise On The Seas Has Set Sail

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    Radio Facts: Photographed by Rance Elgin Tom Joyner will feature nearly 60 entertainers on the 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford making it the largest music cruise of its kind sailing in 2015. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford raises money to keep students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in school. Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corp & PLC, is committed to engaging the African American audience and plans to join Joyner on the Fantastic Voyage. Click here for an exclusive conversation with Tom Joyner and Arnold Donald. The annual charter, now in its 16th year, has sold out again! Guests pay up to $12K per cabin to support the Party with a Purpose. Ford Motor Company is the title sponsor for the 2015 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford is set to make history with an unprecedented music line up raising money to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The historic voyage will take place on Carnival Breeze, departing from Miami April 11-19, 2015. The customized eight-day itinerary includes visits to Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford is hosted by renowned radio personality and philanthropist Tom Joyner and is the longest standing music themed and empowerment cruise. The exciting line-up for the 2015 cruise includes R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, TLC, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip, Fantasia and many more! The concerts and entertainment have grown to include Fantastic '90's with New Jack Swing from Teddy Riley; Fantastic Motown with The Jacksons and The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards; Ladies Night Hip Hop with Da Brat, Moni Love, Trina and Lady of Rage; Comedy from George Wallace, Don "DC' Curry, and Rodney Perry. Ford Motor Company is returning as presenting sponsor of the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage. Ford, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. Ford continues to partner with Tom Joyner on initiatives like Fantastic Voyage and Ford HBCU Community Challenge to help students go further. Ford will display two vehicles on the ship culminating in giving a vehicle away to one Tom Joyner Morning Show (TJMS) listener and sponsor many exciting events on the voyage including main stage concerts. The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage presented by Ford has consistently attracted active sponsors and advertisers. The 2015 sponsors are Ford, Carnival Cruise Lines, Crest Pro-Health, Denny's, The Home Depot, Sundial Brands' Shea Moisture, NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS and Walmart. Tom Joyner Foundation started its annual voyage to raise money for HBCUs in 1999 as the first to ever charter and program an entire ship. Now in its 16th year, The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage is the only charter that promotes philanthropy in an environment that is fun and uplifting.
    Roland Martin Takes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to School on HBCU's

    Roland Martin Takes Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to School on HBCU’s

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    rfocus.orgMonday night got quite interesting  when the Education Department issued a statement from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that set quite a few people off, including TV One's Roland Martin.  DeVos released the statement while several HBCU officials are currently in Washington to meet with President Trump and several other Republican leaders in an effort to gain more support and funding. 

    In DeVos statement she sugar coats the HBCU experience and why they were necessary then and now.  "HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice," she said. "They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish."

    HBCU advocates were not having it as they took to social media to show their utter discontent for the lackluster summation of the black college experience. Most argued that black students had absolutely no choice due to discrimination and segregation and therefore historically black colleges had to be created.  The social media response was one thing bur Roland Martin's response this morning on TV One was on another level.  

    Let's just say Roland gave the Education Secretary a little education. 

     

    The Stars Came Out to Support Robi Reed (PICS) 5

    The Stars Came Out to Support Robi Reed (PICS)

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    Radio Facts: [caption id="attachment_142333" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Honorees Reception (L-R): Pastor Toure Roberts, Eva Marcille, Lorna Johnson, Robi Reed,  Donna Reed, Samantha Granberry, Tony Lee   ll Photos by A Turner Archives & Malcolm Ali Honorees Reception (L-R): Pastor Toure Roberts, Eva Marcille, Lorna Johnson, Robi Reed,
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    ll Photos by A Turner Archives & Malcolm Ali[/caption] Emmy® Award-winning casting director and talent executive Robi Reed held her legendary end-of-summer event, "Robi Reed's 12th Annual Sunshine Beyond Summer Celebration" - The Day Party With A Purpose benefiting The Reed For Hope Foundation, on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the opulent estate of philanthropist and healthcare entrepreneur Lorna Johnson in Beverly Hills, California. As one of the most highly-coveted invites in the entertainment industry, Reed brought together a select, diverse group of over 300 influencers, ranging from Hollywood insiders and business executives to community leaders, close friends and associates, for a fundraiser unlike any other. The special event was hosted by actress/model Eva Marcille ("America's Next Top Model") and actress/comedian Kym Whitley (OWN's "Raising Whitley"), with music spun by DJ Tendaji Lathan and special musical performances by singer/songwriter Goapele and the Hidden Beach Experience featuring Unwrapped performing jazz instrumentals of hip-hop hits. Guests enjoyed champagne and Red Bull cocktails and a delicious healthy food menu prepared by celebrity chef Judson Todd Allen. Reed had many reasons to celebrate this year, including her birthday weekend, recent membership in the invite-only Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a successful second year of her non-profit organization, the Reed For Hope Foundation (RFHF), which focuses on health, wellness and disease prevention. RFHF's Love Healthy campaign is aimed to initiate meaningful conversation about how influencers can use their social currency to affect public attitudes about health disparities, disease prevention, and general wellness. RFHF is extending the Love Healthy Tour next year, which launched in 2013-14 in target markets around the country and with activations on HBCU campuses, encouraging everyone to get screened for HIV/AIDS, sickle cell, diabetes, blood pressure, stress, cholesterol, and breast cancer. Other RFHF initiatives include building wells for clean drinking water in Africa and a documentary film produced by Will Packer ("Ride Along," "Think Like A Man Too") about sickle cell anemia, which has personally affected Reed's family members. robijill Celebrities and notables in attendance included Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, actress Regina King, former NFL player Terrell Owens, hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte, singer Kenny Lattimore, Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, veteran actor John Amos, actress Nadine Ellis ("Let's Stay Together"), rapper/actress Lil' Mama ("CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story"), TV personality Omarosa Manigault ("The Apprentice"), actress Nicki Micheaux ("Lincoln "Heights"), actress Robinne Lee ("Being Mary Jane"), news anchor Leslie Sykes (KABC TV), TV personality Petri Hawkins Byrd ("Judge Judy"), among others. Reed recognized honorees during a pre-event reception hosted by esteemed actor/producer Wren T. Brown (Founder, Ebony Repertory Theatre). Special awards were presented to this year's honorees: Lorna Johnson (Founder, Advanced Family Care Medical Group), Tony Lee (CEO, Dickerson Employee Benefits), Samantha Granberry (Senior Director, AIDS Healthcare Foundation), Toure Roberts (Pastor, One Church International), Eric and Maleka Beal (Co-Founders, BetterChoices, LLC), and Eva Marcille (RFHF Awareness Ambassador). [caption id="attachment_142336" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Goapele Performing for the star-studded audience Goapele Performing for the star-studded audience[/caption] The 2014 SBS Celebration was presented in association with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Co-sponsors included the American Heart Association, Bling H20, Chef Judson Todd Allen, Chef Works, Healthy Infused Cuisine, Hidden Beach Recordings, Lorna Johnson, NIKE, Ralph's, and Wings Limousine. [caption id="attachment_142338" align="aligncenter" width="534"]toregina Terrell Owens and Regina Hall[/caption] [caption id="attachment_142339" align="aligncenter" width="534"]Leslie  Sykes and Robi Reed Leslie
    Sykes and Robi Reed[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_142340" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Kenny Lattimore Kenny Lattimore[/caption]

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