*Actors, actresses and wannabees take note: Tom Joyner’s The Fantastic Journey 2014 will have an added treat: Tyler Perry has announced a special offer for the trip next year. He will be giving you a chance to audition for a role in an upcoming Tyler Perry project. You heard us right.
At this time, Perry doesn’t know for sure whether the part will be in his next film project or for one his TV productions, “For Better or Worse,” “The Haves and the Have Nots,” or “Love Thy Neighbor,” all airing on the OWN Network.
The Fantastic Voyage 2014 sets sail from Miami, Florida on the Carnival Conquest cruise ship and will head down to St Thomas, Virgin Islands March 16-23. The cruise benefits the Tom Joyner Foundation, which supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) with scholarships, endowments and capacity building enhancements. To date the Tom Joyner Foundation has awarded more than $65 million to support more than 29,000 students at HBCUs.
Perry plans to have a casting director on the cruise who will hold auditions throughout the journey.
‘I’m sure you will have a lot of people that will be good and a lot of people that will be like ‘what the h**l,’ Perry says. ‘But I have a rule – you have to audition after you have a few drinks. That’s going to really tell the truth right there,’ he says. ‘If you don’t drink, that’s fine, I want you have about 10 cups of coffee and four Mountain Dews and come on up there and do your audition.’
‘I’ve been on the cruise and I know how much fun that is. You know how you go through all week and all year? This is just a great time to let your hair down and have some fun for a great cause. If you don’t have hair, then let someone else’s hair down.’
Perry’s latest film project, A Madea Christmas, will be released in theaters on December 13th.
To keep up with the latest Perry news and updates you can stay connected to him via social media and on his website: TylerPerry.com
MIAMI – This weekend the 2013 Ford Fusion will cruise the high seas of the Caribbean Islands with a “purpose.”
The Fusion will sail for eight days and seven nights aboard the 2013 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage, as part of Ford’s relationship with the Tom Joyner Foundation.
This marks the seventh consecutive year Ford has been the automotive exclusive sponsor and the second year Ford is the official presenting sponsor of the cruise, which supports Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This year, Ford will give the keys to the newly designed Ford Fusion to one lucky listener of the Tom Joyner Morning Show or cruise attendee as part of the 2013 Fantastic Fusion Giveaway.
“We are very excited to once again be a part of an event that supports higher education within the community,” said Shawn Thompson, Ford manager, Multicultural Marketing. “Our ongoing involvement in this cruise allows us to continue to ‘Go Further’ when it comes to not only our products, but also as it relates to our commitment to educational attainment within the community.”
The cruise, now in its 14th year, will set sail from Miami on Sunday, April 7, and make stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Nassau, Bahamas. Cruisers will have the chance to enjoy a stellar lineup of some of today’s biggest R&B acts, theme night celebrations, exclusive concerts and numerous activities on board the ship. This year’s performers include Snoop Dogg; Earth, Wind & Fire; and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx with the Fantastic Voyage White Party on the beach. Also confirmed are Ludacris, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, and The O’Jays.
2013 Fantastic Fusion Giveaway promotion
The 2013 Fantastic Fusion Giveaway kicks off April 8 and runs through April 19. Cruise attendees and all Tom Joyner Morning Show listeners are encouraged to register by visiting www.blackamericaweb.com to submit for a chance to win an all-new 2013 Ford Fusion. In addition to the Fusion giveaway, Ford will also be bringing along for the fourth year Play Date™, an entertainment-based company that offers an alternative to the traditional party by using interactive games like No Hands Dance, Musical Chairs and the “Go Further” Day Party to spark up the fun. The newly redesigned Ford Fusion will be the focal point for all of Ford’s activities this year.
“I’ve said it before and I will continue to say it, ‘Ain’t no cruise like a Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage Cruise,’” said Tom Joyner. “Ford shares in our commitment in delivering unmatched entertainment, fun and purpose, all in support of students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”
2013 Ford Fusion
The Ford Fusion has a sleek new design and brings alive the next generation of more expressive vehicles from Ford. In addition to its fresh face, the all-new Fusion offers the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment. Fusion offers consumers seven must-have technologies, including a Lane-Keeping System, adaptive cruise control, active park assist and MyFord Touch®.
To learn more about the newly designed 2013 Ford Fusion, log onto www.ford.com/brandnew.
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*The Disney Dream is the third ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Being invited to the inaugural celebration and being one of the first to cruise this magnificent ship was nothing short of spectacular! It was so exciting to be a part of that fortunate group of people (a.k.a ‘the media’) who were given the incredible opportunity to experience this majestic ship before anybody else. Disney definitely did not fall short in rolling out the red carpet, literally.
The first day for the christening events began upon arrival in Orlando when we stopped at the Disney Welcome Center in the airport and were greeted with friendly smiles from Disney staffers who then processed us in and directed us towards one of many Disney Magical Express buses where guests/media personnel were shuttled to their designated Disney resort hotel for check-in and credentialing.
Magic Kingdom Castle projection show
Afterward, festivities for the evening started with being shuttled to the Magic Kingdom (which by the way was only open to media/special invited guests for the night, talk about feeling special) for a media briefing which entailed future projects in the works for Disney as well as the conceptualization and complexities involved in bringing the evening’s special castle projection show to fruition, aptly named “The Magic, Memories, and You!”
I must say, the castle projection show was extraordinary. Invitees watched as the Magic Kingdom castle continuously transformed right before our eyes into a dynamic artistic display of graphics and designs. A spectacular fireworks show which left guests amazed capped off the evening.
Day 2-Embarkation Day!! The Christening Celebration at Port Canaveral began mid-morning and I can use no other term to describe this ceremony but the very befitting term of “magical.” After remarks by Robert Iger (President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company), and Thomas Staggs (Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts), guests’ were entertained by the lovely Jennifer Hudson, who as always, wowed the audience with her vocals.
Notably, Hudson was also the official Godmother of Disney Dream and bestowed her own personal blessing upon the ship at the moment of christening amidst all the pomp and circumstance that only a Disney ship christening could provide: a colorguard intro, every Disney character imaginable, singing, dancing, Navy band salute, a helicopter toting a giant champagne bottle and an incredible fireworks display! As an enduring tradition for centuries past, I can’t foresee any future christening ceremony surpassing this one!
(Scroll down to watch video of the christening ceremony.)
Immediately following the christening celebration, passengers were escorted back inside the terminal for hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast prior to embarkation.
Once aboard, the experience was absolutely amazing. From the elegant chandelier in the atrium to the virtual artwork on the walls to the one-of-a kind restaurants to the hi-tech gaming innovation in the youth lounges to spacious staterooms that have a murphy bed which extends from the ceiling, to the exciting AquaDuck water coaster to the exclusiveness of being the only cruise line with a fireworks display, Disney has spared no expense in its creation of the Dream. Externally, the Disney Dream has a time-honored maritime vintage look of ships from ages ago, but internally, passengers have all the modern luxuries and technology imaginable. There truly is something for everyone on this ship from the tween and teen lounges/clubs to the adults-only areas and nightclubs … and of course the relaxing spa. This sprawling marvel, the Disney Dream, embodies the impeccable service and high expectation that is associated with the Disney brand.
The writer of this story, Madge Evans, toasts the Disney Dream
The ship's big screen video display says it's time to sail!
Embarkation was at 5:00 pm with the loud, celebratory fanfare, more champagne toasting, and the waving ‘goodbye’ with colorful pompoms to anyone and everyone who was standing ashore watching this massive ship’s inaugural embarkation. After exploring areas of the ship and marveling at its creativity, we proceeded to our scheduled dinner area where we dined at the beautiful Enchanted Garden. A beautifully decorated restaurant with ‘blossoming’ pastel colored chandeliers, with the entire ambiance and decor being inspired by the gardens of Versailles in Paris, France. As customary with the adage of dinner and a show, the after-dinner presentation that evening was an original Disney musical performed in the grand Walt Disney Theatre, an exquisitely adorned, regal looking 1300+ seat venue which makes one think, “I can’t possibly be on a ship!” To top things off … aboard, mingling amongst the passengers, were invited celebrity guests such as Whoopi Goldberg, Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven/Dancing With The Stars), Sam Champion (Weathercaster from Good Morning America), John Stamos (General Hospital/Full House), Cheryl Burke (Dancing With The Stars), and Samantha Brown (Travel Channel).
Day 3-Castaway Cay!! We have arrived at Castaway Cay, Disney’s own private island located in the Bahamas. After debarking and a short walk with stops along the way for photo opps with several Disney characters, and you have reached a stunning beach where passengers can engage in several water sports, snorkeling, swimming with rays, or just enjoy lounging on the white sands. The place is a true fantasy island for passengers of Disney ships with its many activities and restaurants to explore. White sand and amazingly clear waters can make for an incredibly lazy day on the beach, which I took full advantage of.
Day 4-Too short a trip!! We have arrived back at Port Canaveral and it’s a sad day … sad because we have to end this incredible journey that, again, we were fortunate to experience. Debarkation commences, customs checks are organized and swift. And once again, the Disney Magical Express buses are all lined up to take passengers either to the airport or back to the Disney resort area. What an incredible experience, it was simply ‘magical’ and I can not wait to take my next Disney cruise aboard the splendid Disney Dream!! Bon Voyage!!!!
IF YOU GO DISNEY DREAM:Disney’s newest cruise ship offers three-and four-night sailings from Port Canaveral, Fla., to Castaway Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. Five-night itineraries begin May 29, alternating with four-night cruises through August. Prices for a three-night cruise start at $333 a person for an interior cabin, $399 for an ocean view and $439 for a verandah. For more info: www.disneycruise.disney.go.com.
Madge Evans (email@example.com) covers travel as well as entertainment and social events in the Atlanta area for EURweb.
Christopher 'Kid' Reid & Christopher 'Play' Martin - today
*Good news for fans of the high-top fade and the funky Charleston. Kid and Play have reunited with plans on resurrecting hip-hop’s golden era party vibe at a concert venue near you.
The re-teaming of Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin comes more than a decade since the duo rode a wave of popularity in the late ’80s and early ’90s with rap classics such as “Rollin’ with Kid ‘n Play,” “Gettin’ Funky,” “Do This My Way,” “Funhouse,” and “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody.”
Kid 'N Play back in the day
In addition to music, the Kid ‘n Play found success with their own on the big and small screen with the “House Party” movie trilogy, the film “Class Act” and the NBC Saturday morning cartoon series, “Kid ‘n Play.” A brief alliance with Marvel Comics resulted in a comic book based on the animated show in 1992.
Despite the long hiatus, Reid feels the timing couldn’t be better for Kid ‘n Play to reintroduce themselves to old fans while garnering new fans.
“We actually jumpin’ back out there, my old partner Play and myself,” the entertainer shared with EURweb’s Lee Bailey at a recent party for LisaRaye’s new TV One reality series. “…we kind of felt that it was the right time and we like the energy out there. The public kind of let us know that they might be receptive to something like this. So we’re gonna go and have fun.”
Kid ‘n Play fans will be able to see the pair live when they hit the road for an upcoming tour this summer. The outing is slated to kick off June 25 in Detroit and continue with performances scheduled throughout July and August.
“We’re doing a bunch of touring dates this summer. We’ll be joined by groups like Full Force, Lisa Lisa, Montell Jordan,” Reid revealed. “Right now, they’re up to at least 20 and I think they’re trying to go 30 and beyond. It’s actually been encouraging. It seems to be kind of picking up momentum. We got some dates back East. I know we got one in Connecticut. And then we’re gonna do that Tom Joyner cruise. So that will be one of the kick off joints.”
The Kid ‘n Play reunion tour comes as a natural development after blazing individual paths outside the rap arena. Reid established a second career as an actor and stand-up comedian, while Martin ventured into the world of holy hip-hop after becoming a born-again Christian and moving to North Carolina, where he became a professor at North Carolina Central University and founded the multimedia company, HP4 Digital Works and online magazine, Brand Newz.
With their own lives firmly in place, thoughts of a reunion were not high on the list for Martin and Reid, who offered his own theory regarding the delay in hooking back up with Martin.
“I think there’s been various times when either one of us might not have been down for varying reasons. I don’t think it was anything personal. I think it was maybe just where we were at individually in life,” the entertainer said. “And I think we always trusted in the fact that we’d know when it was time to kinda get together. The cosmos would tell us. And so it feels right now. So you know we’re gettin’ the band back together. We’re loadin’ up the Ben Gay and Grecian formula and we’re gonna git ‘er done. [Laughs]“
“It’s just cool. We’ve been appearing at places together and hangin’ out. We’ve been having a blast,” continued Reid, who confessed that being back with Martin “feels very comfortable.” “It feels very natural and it feels like a lot of fun to this point.”
The Kid ‘n Play reunion isn’t the only high point for Reid and Martin. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the first “House Party” movie. The movie not only launched Kid ‘n Play’s foray into film but also featured comedian Martin Lawrence and actress Tisha Campbell-Martin before they became household names on Lawrence’s hit sitcom, “Martin.”
One of the reasons behind the success of “House Party,” Reid believes, was the genuine relationship between him and his rhyme partner Martin and how their real-life personas translated onscreen.
“We grew up around the corner from each other. We came already packaged. I tell people we sold a million records before we ever made a movie…We were already like that. We danced like that. I looked like that. And that’s the thing. I think that’s was one of the reasons why the movie was successful,” Reid explained. “I think people kind of felt like it was organic, like these guys weren’t put together because we go way back.”
With the upcoming tour, the big question is whether or not Kid ‘n Play can still hit the moves they’re known for.
“Well this is what we gonna find out. This is why we running around the street like “Rocky” now tryin’ to get back into shape,” Reid stated while singing part of the theme from “Rocky” and referencing Sammy Davis Jr.’s knack for performing his trademark routines without a hint of stage rust. “We fashion a very high standard for ourselves over the years. We respect our audience enough and our standard is such that we’re not gonna come out there if it’s not gonna be hot. It’s gonna be hot.”
Dance moves aside, fans craving total nostalgia from Kid ‘n Play may also wonder if Reid will bring back his hi-top fade for the trek. After all, the hairstyle took on a life of its own, as it became the choice cut for many guys back in the day.
“Well that’s a whole ‘nother story. I hope ain’t nobody got their hearts set on that. We will be selling memorabilia Kid ‘n Play wigs at the merchandising table and Pajama Jammy Jam jammies and things of that nature,” a joking Reid said as he broke down the tour’s potential for success. “It’s one of those things. It’s very hard to compete with a younger version of yourself, but I just think that there’s a vibe out there right now with our audience that wants to kind of hearken back to, you know, that time when we was just having a lot more fun and maybe didn’t have as many responsibilities.
“So we’re very pleased with what’s been goin’ on to this point, the people that have been putting it together,” the entertainer added about his group’s desire to deliver a quality experience for concertgoers. “As long as it feels comfortable and it feels like we’re being creative and it’s something positive, then we’ll mess with it.”
Flashback: Check out Kid ‘N Play and the cast of “House Party” gettin’ their dance groove on: