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Tom Joyner: Radio Jock Taps 5 Comics To Replace J. Anthony Brown

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Tom Joyner attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

Tom Joyner attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

*Tom Joyner’s morning show is replacing comedian J. Anthony Brown with a rotating cast of five well-known entertainers: Bill Bellamy, Sherri Shepherd, Arsenio Hall, Kym Whitley and Lavell Crawford.

Each will fill in one day a week, per the Radio TV Talk Blog. The Tom Joyner Morning Show is based in Dallas, Texas, and it’s expected that the new co-hosts will host from the studio in Los Angeles that Brown once used.

Brown worked with Joyner for two decades, and he said he left the show earlier this month after his efforts to put together a weekend solo show with Joyner’s Reach Media fell through, notes AlwaysAList.com.

Joyner has tapped five veterans in the entertainment world. Bellamy has hosted NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes” on TV One.

Shepherd has acted in several sitcoms, including recurring roles on “Suddenly Susan,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and “The Jamie Foxx Show” before starring as Ramona Platt on the ABC sitcom “Less than Perfect” from 2002 to 2006, for which she was nominated for the BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005. She was also a member of “The View.”

Hall hosted the first late night talk show host by an African American in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and recently tried a revival that aired in 2013-14.

READ RELATED STORY: Via Video J. Anthony Brown Explains Leaving Tom Joyner Morning Show (WATCH)

The Tom Joyner Morning Show: (L-R) J. Anthony Brown, Sybil Wilkes and Tom Joyner

The Tom Joyner Morning Show: (L-R) J. Anthony Brown, Sybil Wilkes and Tom Joyner

Crawford came in second in “Last Comic Standing” in 2007. He is best known for playing Huell Babineaux, the bodyguard, assistant, and pickpocket for Saul Goodman in the epic series “Breaking Bad.”

Whitley has acted in dozens of TV shows and movies, and is best known for her roles on “Animal Practice,” “The Boondocks,” “Young & Hungry,” and The Parkers. She was nominated for a 2004 BET Comedy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office Movie for her role in the 2003 comedy film “Deliver Us From Eva.”

“It was not a salary dispute,” Brown said, addressing speculation about his relationship with Joyner. “It was based on me wanting to venture out and have my own weekend show. That’s it. We couldn’t come to terms. It was just time for me to leave… Sometimes people just disagree and part ways. That’s just what happened.”

Brown harbors no resentment toward Joyner’s Reach Media or Joyner himself, saying: “It was absolutely the best job I’ve ever had. The most fun I ever had.”

The comedian is currently in talks with syndicators to do his own weekend show.

“I could have stayed if we had worked things out at the end of it,” Brown said. “Sooner or later, you get too old to do something. I was able to stay there as long as I wanted. It was fresh until I left. That was a great accomplishment.”

 

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  1. Taurusingr

    December 13, 2016 at 2:36 am

    I don’t know if I can do 5 different attitudes a week. I cook my ham, eggs and biscuits breakfast EVERY morning while listening to the TJMS. Hope I don’t have change the station or my diet!!!!!!!

  2. She

    December 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I thought something wasn’t right. In the end Sybil seemed to jump on the negative of any thing Jay said.

  3. BarbR

    December 17, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Its been a long time coming:( Good Luck To You Mr. Jay Anthony Brown! Xmas will never be the same to you since I heard you tell the story of how your GrandMother ‘had her purse stolen’ every holiday!!

  4. Heather

    December 22, 2016 at 5:36 am

    It won’ be the same. I already stopped listening. I tried to keep listening but none of these 5 are even half of what Jay brought to the table. Sherry Shepherd is the worst of all. I will be listening to Sheryl Underwood now. I hate that because I like Tom but Sybil is pretentious.

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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)

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*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.

The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.

“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”

MORE NEWS/RELATED: BMEE Authors: Urgent Steps Are Necessary to Address Implicit Bias in Early Education  

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Stacey Lee, director of the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”

The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.

“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”

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Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”

In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.

“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”

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Legendary rapper Bun B is a panelist at the Empower Me Tour. (Photo credit: UNCF)

Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.

“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”

Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”

Register for the virtual Empower Me Tour on November 20 & 21, 2020 here. Spring tour dates will be announced soon. For general information on the United Negro College Fund, go here.

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New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’

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After all that’s happened this year, it’s time to say Goodbye 2020. New single available by Jazzy Rita Shelby at most digital platforms.

*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.

“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).

It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.

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Jazzy Rita Shelby is fed up with this year and elated about her new single “Goodbye 2020.” Avail now from SB Music (Written by L. Shelby & E. Miller)

EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.

Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars.  As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.

This year has been a year like no other.  “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead.  Radio Programmers click here for adds.

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“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA.  Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita.  The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture.  “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms.  Click here to listen on Spotify.

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Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH

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*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!

Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All FearsThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family.  He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.

WHOA! READ THIS: Disabled Siblings Found Living with Dead Body of Mother Decomposing Under Pile of Clothes


DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai

SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer

STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley

AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.

Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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