Iyanla Vanzant In Baltimore to “Fix IT” As More Protest Continues over a Proposed $30 Million Juvenile Jail in Baltimore City

A call for help has been made for Baltimore and Iyanla Vanzant has accepted the call.

Baltimore is the largest city in the state of Maryland; the 26th-most populous city in the country, and the largest independent city in the United States. However, what happened in Baltimore on April 12, 2015 when Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old African-American man died after being arrested by police for allegedly possessing an illegal switchblade, still remains a mystery. Splintered in pain and turmoil, the residents of Baltimore are divided over the incident of six police officers, who were involved in Gray’s arrest were indicted. Frustration increased recently when an announcement was made by newly-elected governor, Larry Hogan to cut spending in public education, and instead invest to build a $30 million juvenile jail in Baltimore City, despite campaign promises. Combined with a continuing a run of violence in the city making the month of May – Baltimore’s deadliest month since 1999.

To help stop the hemorrhaging of anger and mistrust and to start conversations of healing, Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple church, has enlisted the help of talk show host, Iyanla Vanzant of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) hit TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life.

OWN’s hit TV show, Iyanla: Fix My Life, features the talk show host helping people to overcome difficult situations in their lives. Vanzant, an accomplished author, life coach, inspirational speaker, and talk show host is a living testament to the value in life’s valleys, and the power of acting on faith and empowerment. Plans are to lead residents of Baltimore in conversations of emotional healing and an empowering breakthrough.

The 3-day “Fix My City” Healing Service will be held at Empowerment Temple Church, 4217 Primrose Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 this week, wrapping up today, Thursday, May 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for the community. All of this comes as a result of Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant inviting Iyanla Vanzant to participate in current collaborative and strategic efforts to move the residents of Baltimore City toward open dialogue and restoration.

Dr. Bryant was heavily involved in the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray cases as the family’s advocate and spiritual adviser. He has witnessed firsthand how communities can become disillusioned without a catalyst for healing and trust. “Iyanla Vanzant is that catalyst,” says Bryant. His hope is that these 3-day sessions will stimulate encouragement, optimism and empowerment.

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The Biggest Music Cruise Now Sailing the Friendly Seas

image076MIAMI /PRNewswire/ — The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage 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 will be 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 listener and sponsor many exciting events on the voyage including main stage concerts.

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.

“Preachers of Detroit” Cast Revealed

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Oxygen is expanding the network’s popular franchise and heading to Motown for “Preachers of Detroit,” set to premiere winter 2015.  The series will also focus on powerful themes of faith, family, and friendship as these seven men and women of the cloth share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit in Detroit, Michigan

The prominent pastors include:
Bishop Charles Ellis
Pastor David Bullock
Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole
Pastor Don Shelby
Bishop Corletta Vaughn
Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston
Pastor Tim Alden

And ladies and gentlemen we are off to the races! There are still Houston and New York casts to be determined.  It should be noted “Preachers of L.A.” Season one was the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54, averaging over one million total viewers. The series delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was a Top 10 most social cable reality program in October and November 2013. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

Produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers.

The Sixth Annual Merge Summit Brings in Hundreds from Across the Country

Acting Panel (L-R): Hosea Chanchez, Nate Parker, Robi Reed, Dr. Holly Carter, Common, Bre’ly Evans, Traci Blackwell, Charles Michael Davis, Brandon T. Jackson

Merge/PR — Beverly Hills, CA — The Sixth Annual Merge Summit was held August 21-23, 2014 at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles.  This one of a kind event integrates faith and entertainment providing an opportunity for men and women of faith to interface, learn and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.  Nearly 75 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives led more than 20 interactive panel discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions covering music, television, film, creative development, branding and new media.  The Summit, co-founded by Dr. Holly Carter and Robi Reed, chaired by Traci Blackwell, was presented in association with Walgreens, Wellness Interactive, Inc. and Entertainment One.

Celebrity and notable participants included Anthony Anderson (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Laurence Fishburne(ABC’s “Black-ish”), Tracee Ellis Ross (ABC’s “Black-ish”), Meagan Good (“Think Like A Man Too”),DeVon Franklin (SVP of Production, Columbia Pictures), Boris Kodjoe (BET’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood”), Common (Rapper/Actor), Lala Anthony (“Think Like A Man Too”), Terrence Jenkins (E! News), Michelle Williams (Singer/Actress), Pastor Paula White (Paula White Ministries, Orlando),Erica Campbell (Mary Mary), Brandon T. Jackson (“Tropic Thunder”), Derek Luke (“Baggage Claim”),Clint Culpepper (President, Screen Gems), LisaRaye (VH1’s “Single Ladies”), Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Dondre Whitfield (ABC’s “Mistresses”), Yvette Nicole Brown (NBC’s “Community”),Sheilah Belle (The Belle Report), Jonathan Butler (musician), Bishop Charles E. Blake (West Angeles Church of God In Christ), Lynn Whitfield (Emmy Award-winning Actress), Suzanne de Passe (de Passe Jones Entertainment), Hosea Chanchez (BET’s “The Game”), Fonzworth Bentley (BET’s “Lift Every Voice”), Harry J. Lennix (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Mali Music (RCA Records recording artist), Bishop Lester Love (The City of Love Church, New Orleans), Edwina Findley (Tyler Perry’s “If Loving You Is Wrong”), Bre’ly Evans (actress/comedian), and the cast of Oxygen’s “Preachers of L.A.,” among others.

Dorinda Clark Cole Breaks the Summer with a New Smash Hit “You Are”.

If you haven’t heard or seen yet, Dorinda Clark Cole, The Rose, is back in effect for Summer 2014 with a newly released single titled “You Are”. Its Fun, Hot, Classy and all the way Amazing. “You Are” takes the roof off the anything Gospel and churchy and makes way for a more up-tempo, memorable chorus to date. Dorinda’s New Single is up for Pre-orders online via iTunes and scheduled to release June 17, 2014 with a follow up album release for 1st Quarter 2015. Dorinda is signed to RKD Music Management, where Keith Douglas is her personal manager.

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