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.

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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Born Again: BET Bringing Back “Celebration of Gospel”

Tamela-Mann1 (1)The people have spoken and their voices were apparently heard!AlwaysAList.com is happy to report that BET has had a change of heart as it pertains to their annual special “Celebration of Gospel.

After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise.

On May 1, AlwaysAList.com reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.

Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke to us anonymously.

“It was simple, the sales team said they couldn’t sell the show because it was a gospel show and without those big sponsorships, the show cost money to produce but didn’t make money for the network,” the source elaborated. “But BET never imagined ending this show would cause the outcry that it received from the viewing public and have decided to see if they can make things work.”

AlwaysAList.com was told several months before the airing of the 2014 “COG” in early April that the special was being cancelled. Things were solidified at BET’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York when the show was omitted as one of the network’s returning “Mega-Specials.”Candice-Glover

In a follow-up document serviced to the media following the upfronts, the show was nixed from the production lineup as well.

Apparently, BET was overwhelmed by the backlash for cancelling its top-rated salute to gospel.  Privately the network started telling several artists that the show was omitted from the upfront presentation because “it was moved to a new month.” However, the award show special “Black Girls Rock” has also been moved to a new month but was still highlighted for advertisers and the media at the upfronts.

While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.

BET originally taped “COG” each December and aired it in February for Black History Month. In 2012, the show started taping in March so that it could air in April closer to Easter.

With “COG” now scheduled to tentatively tape in late fall next year, it would likely air around Thanksgiving

Erica-Campbell

First Look: Flex & Shanice Premieres on OWN

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When 90s pop singer Shanice & actor Flex Alexander hit troubled times, they took drastic measures and moved their extended family into a rental house. Now the fun and drama run high in a very full house, especially due to Flex’s opinionated mother-in-law.

Tune in to the premiere of Flex and Shanice on Saturday, May 31st @ 10/9c.

 

Demetrius Woods Takes on a New Single by Alicia Keys – Nothing Without You

 

Demetrius Single cover

 

 

NEW SINGLE
BY DEMETRIUS WOODS
 
Single Available: April 29, 2014
 
iTunes & amazon.com
Demetrius Woods known to many as Holy Boy comes with a remake of Alicia Keys “If I Ain’t Got You”. 
 
New Single titled “Nothing Without You” is elating, soul searching and brilliant. Already a ground breaking record, its been said as a new ‘innovative tune that no one is doing right now’. Very uplifting yet soothing to the spirit.
 
“I wanted to do something different this time, something that I know people would be familiar with and plus I believe that everyone can relate to it. We all would be nothing with our God the Father, the Creator “, says Woods.