Emmy® Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, business mogul, and philanthropist, Steve Harvey returns to Georgia with his 11th annual Boys Mentoring weekend. The five-day event kicks off on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and includes the Single Mothers’ Enrichment Summit sponsored by Target and Coca-Cola, and the inaugural Steve Harvey Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Lexus. Invited guests include GRAMMY Award-winning and platinum R&B recording artist, Ne-Yo; GRAMMY Award-winning artist, Cee Lo Green; best-selling author, award-winning television personality and life coach, Iyanla Vanzant; NBA legend, Dikembe Mutombo and more listed below.
This Father’s Day weekend, over 200 teenage boys from fatherless households will join Steve Harvey and friends at The Rock Ranch in The Rock, GA, for a life-changing experience. For the first time, the four-day camp has partnered with Bethany Christian Services and will host youth in foster care and adoption programs. The U.S. National Guard and U.S. Fish and Wildlife have also partnered with the 2019 mentoring camp.
“A young man without a father in his life has a hole in his heart the size of this father,” says Steve Harvey. “Through mentorship, these young men have received the tools and guidance to propel them both professionally and emotionally.”
Activities at the camp include STEM programs, educational forums, career development, financial literacy, motivational sessions, health and wellness clinics, and more.
In addition to the mentorship camp, “The Single Mothers’ Enrichment Summit,” led by former ESSENCE Magazine’s Editor-at-Large, Mikki Taylor, will host single mothers for conversations and educational sessions while providing them with the tools to help support and raise productive young men.
The 2019 invited participants include educator, author and speaker, Dr. Steve Perry; Dr. of internal medicine, Kenneth Redcross; actor and comedian, Cocoa Brown; Atlanta Hawks NBA player, DeAndre’ Bembry; best-selling authors Dr. Maxime Madhere, Dr. Pierre Johnson and Dr. Joseph Semien Jr.; Tied to Greatness CEO, Dr. Alex Ellis; New York Times best-selling author ‘Zane’ Roberts; San Francisco 49ers, Takeo Spikes; Seattle Seahawks, Fred McCrary; Buffalo Bills, Marcus Stroud; Kansas City Royal, Daryl Smith; Long Drive Champion, Maurice Allen; New York Pelicans, Jahlil Okafor; NBC Chicago P.D. actor, LaRoyce Hawkins; radio personality, Rock-T and many more.
The Chick-fil-A® Foundation returns as the 2019 Title Sponsor along with Coca-Cola, Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, Target, Taliah Waajid, D Herbs, John Casablanca, Bethany Christian Services, US Fish & Wildlife and more.
About the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program
Created by Steve Harvey in 2009, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men annually selects fatherless teens, ages 13-18, from a large pool of applicants from across the United States. By way of the national camp and regional programs, The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men has impacted more than 4,000 youths and continues to grow. For more information about the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men, visit www.steveandmarjorieharveyfoundation.org
SOURCE Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation
Urban One, Inc. (Nasdaq: UONEK; UONE) today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Detroit, Michigan radio station, WDMK-FM and three translators W228CJ, W252BX, and W260CB for $13.5 million to Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: BBGI). Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The deal is subject to Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) approval and other customary closing conditions.
Urban One has had a presence in the Detroit market since 1998. Urban One CEO Alfred Liggins stated, “We want to thank the incredibly talented and dedicated staff for their contribution to a remarkable era in Detroit for Urban One. We are thrilled that Beasley has agreed to continue airing our syndicated programming, including The Tom Joyner Morning Show, D.L. Hugley Afternoon Show, Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell and The Willie Moore, Jr. Afternoon Show, allowing Urban One to continue serving the Detroit community of listeners.”
Urban One will continue to operate WGPR-FM under its current Local Marketing Agreement until the end of the year.
Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. The Company owns TV One, LLC (tvone.tv), a television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), a lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color that launched in January 2019, is fully owned by TV One, LLC, a brand of Urban One, Inc. As one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies, Urban One currently owns and/or operates 59 broadcast stations (including HD stations we operate) branded under the tradename “Radio One” in 15 urban markets in the United States. Through its controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), the Company also operates syndicated programming including the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show and the DL Hughley Show. In addition to its radio and television broadcast assets, Urban One owns iOne Digital (ionedigital.com), our wholly owned digital platform serving the African-American community through social content, news, information, and entertainment websites, including its Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired and MadameNoire digital platforms and brands. We also have invested in a minority ownership interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Through our national multi-media operations, we provide advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to the African-American and urban audiences.
SOURCE Urban One, Inc.
“The early 1980s brought a lot of changes to American culture. In 1981, MTV launched, IBM introduced the personal computer, and a year later the compact disc came along. 1981 was also the year that my tiny, family-owned radio station in Cleveland called WZAK changed formats to urban contemporary. …”
How did one small radio station previously best known for programming “ethnic” music break into — and come to dominate — the emerging urban contemporary scene of the 1980s and beyond? In Change Is On the Air, longtime WZAK owner Lee Zapis tells the true story of his radio journey, bringing unique insider’s perspective to the story of the station responsible for launching the careers of Mary J. Blige, Usher, MC Hammer, and many more.
In the 1980s, the Cleveland metro area was 20 percent black; the city itself that number soared to 50 percent. Yet, the black community was persistently marginalized. Key to WZAK’s success was management’s skill at both pushing back against the racism of the era and capitalizing on an underserved market through the three pillars of programming, sales, and promotion.
For programming, WZAK relied on the vision of radio veterans like program directors Lynn Tolliver and Bobby Rush, who were unafraid to champion up and coming artists, or bring in star power like the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner. With little turnover, the on-air personalities at WZAK, Zapis points out, were well established in the community — and became almost trusted friends to listeners. Meanwhile, Zapis credits WZAK’s ad sales team for the prescient realization that the buying needs of the black community extended far beyond the niche “ethnic” products that were then the advertising mainstays of urban radio. And, of course, there were promotional events. From the legendarily canceled “Street Dance Monopoly” to the distribution of thousands of safe sex kids just as the AIDS crisis was becoming public in 1988, WZAK was always ahead of the curve.
The original Party with a Purpose® is setting sail on an epic 20th Voyage! The 2019 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny’s will sail from Miami April 7-14 on the Carnival Magic and make stops in the Caribbean’s Amber Cove, San Juan and St. Thomas. Created as a fundraiser to support students in school at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, this year’s cruise will feature entertainment favorites, informative seminars, morning inspiration, fitness classes, notable celebrities, and popular theme nights. Music superstars including Janet Jackson, Maxwell, Charlie Wilson, Fantasia, KEM, and more will headline a jam-packed entertainment lineup.
The full lineup for the Fantastic Voyage Cruise is on BlackAmericaWeb.com, though other performing artists from today and yesterday in R&B, Soul, Inspiration/Gospel, Hip Hop and Funk include WAR, Sheila E., Chrisette Michele, Biz Markie, MC Lyte, Smokie Norful, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Brian Courtney Wilson, Midnight Star, S.O.S. Band, Oaktown 357, Mase, Black Sheep, Lady of Rage and more.
Tom Joyner stated, “I’m proud of a lot of things we’ve accomplished on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, but I think I’m most proud of all the students we’ve helped stay in school for the last 20 years, and our biggest fundraiser for HBCUs is the Fantastic Voyage cruise. This year our lineup makes it all the more special – Janet Jackson, Charlie Wilson, Maxwell and an endless list of performers!”
“It has been an honor for Denny’s to be a part of this great work with the Tom Joyner Foundation for almost two decades,” said Denny’s President and CEO John Miller. “When we invest in our students, we know we are investing in the future.”
The Fantastic Voyage® has uniquely become one of the most talked about and sought-after events in the country. Developed upon realizing the needs of African-American cruisers were not being met, Joyner combined his purpose with entertainment (something has done daily on his morning show) and came up with the idea to sell cabins at a premium rate to get a superior experience and underwrite HBCUs. By specifically catering to his audience/passengers through ALL activities, media, and even food and beverage, Joyner created an exclusive event that sells out annually and features an exciting lineup of activities and famed entertainers.
This is Denny’s second year as the cruise title sponsor.
For over 18 years, the Tom Joyner Foundation has partnered with Denny’s to support higher education causes, including the Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship, a program that recognizes and rewards students who show initiative and creativity in the fight against childhood hunger in their communities. This year, the Tom Joyner Foundation/Denny’s Filmmaker’s Scholarship Program will recognize six outstanding students from HBCUs who have produced a film about hunger in their communities. On behalf of Denny’s, the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships to deserving elementary, high school, and college students. The Hungry for Education program, as a whole, has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Denny’s sponsorship of the Fantastic Voyage is another means by which the company demonstrates a commitment to higher education for minority students.
Joyner first gained popularity after earning the nickname “The Fly Jock” while flying round-trip between Dallas and Chicago five days a week for seven years to host the morning and afternoon drives in two different cities. In his 25 years as a leader in the industry, Joyner’s impact and influence have never wavered. As previously announced, Joyner will end his groundbreaking radio show on December 31, 2019. Though no final decisions have been made, Joyner vows to continue the Fantastic Voyage and support of the Tom Joyner Foundation for many years to come.
The 2019 Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage® presented by Denny’s will take place on the Carnival Magic. For more information, please visit BlackAmericaWeb.com. Itinerary, schedule and performances are subject to change.
SOURCE The Tom Joyner Foundation