Top Stories

Kim Jong Un is prepared for war with the U.S. The North Korean leader says he will continue missle testing despite requests to stop.
Multi-Grammy winner Keith Urban washonored at Grammys on the Hill inin Washington, DC for his commitment to music education in schools.
It supports captions, HTML elements and videos.

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER, COURTNEY B. VANCE, MICHELLE WILLIAMS, DEVON FRANKLIN, MEAGAN GOOD FRANKLIN AND MORE TO APPEAR AT THE 2016 MERGE SUMMIT – LOS ANGELES

buzzz worthy. . .



(Beverly Hills, CA) — Relevé Entertainment, in partnership withWalgreens and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, is proud to announce the return of The Merge Summit– Los Angelestaking place August 25-27, 2016 at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The Merge Summit is a unique event created to inspire synergy with faith based and entertainment industry leaders to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire towards their professional and personal goals.

The Merge Summit will commence on August 25th with a welcoming Opening Gala. This year’s gala will honor the outstanding accomplishments of Senior Vice President of Prudential Financial- Dorinda Walker, ESSENCE Magazine Editor At Large-Mikki Taylorfounder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC)-Dr. Bill Winston and Emmy Award Nominated Actor-Courtney B. VanceThis evening will be hosted by celebrated comedian-Cedric The Entertainer and will feature performances by Jonathan McReynolds and Ezekiel (The Poet).  From August 26-27th, 60 top level entertainment executives will lead interactive discussions, workshops and Master Class sessions in personal branding, music, television, film, creative development, and new media. In addition to the enrichment seminars, guests will have the opportunity to participate in the Wellness Lounge® featuring a number of wellness and relaxation services presented by Wellness .  This year’s festivities will also feature a faith based comedy show, CHURCH OF LAUGH LIVE hosted by actor/comedian Jonathan Slocumb, and the FREE-PHYER XPerience Concert featuring Kierra Sheard.

The Merge Summit will feature participants including: Multi-Platinum Grammy Award Winning Singer/TV Personality-Michelle Williams; Grammy Award Multi-Platinum Recording Artist-The Game; Grammy Award Winning Universal Motown Gospel Recording Artist-Tasha CobbsVice President and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens Boots AllianceSteve PembertonCo-Chairman of De Passe Jones Entertainment -Suzanne DePasseEmmy nominated and Peabody Award Winning Motion picture and television producer and owner of Martin Chase Productions – Debra Martin Chase; Vice President Of Talent & Casting for Original Programming at BET Networks-Robi Reed ; Head Of Talent and Casting for ABC- Ayo Davis; President of Studio Lambert- Greg Goldman; Film Producer/ President /CEO of Franklin Entertainment- DeVon Franklin; CEO of Revelations Entertainment- Lori McCreary ;Film Producer/CEO, 1019 Entertainment-Ralph Winter; Casting Director/Producer (Empire, The Butler)-Leah Daniels-Butler; Head Of Television for Will Packer Productions-Korin Huggins; Revolt TV’s Head Of Programming-Kelly G; Vice President Of Talent Development & Inclusion-Disney/ABC- Tim McNeal; Viral Faith Based Internet Sensations: NotKarltonBanksThe Playmakers; Grammy Nominated Producer- Harmony Samuels; Actresses: Meagan Good FranklinTia Mowry-HardrictLisaRaye McCoyBrely EvansEssence AtkinsEdwina Findley-Dickerson, Salli Richardson Whitfield, ; Actors: Cory Hardrict, Dondre Whitfield,John David WashingtonBrian White; Spiritual Leaders: Pastor Wayne ChaneyDr. DeForest SoariesCindy Trimm,  Shawn Bolz,  Pastor Mark Baker Notable Writers: Jawn Murray and Jasmine Brand and manymore.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

“I’m excited to have The Merge Summit back in LA. It's the birthing ground for this vision and I am believing for infinite possibilities for all those who attend. All I can say is…"are you ready for this?” says Dr. Holly Carter- Founder of The Merge Summit.

What a better place to bring the Word than amongst the brightest of stars and influencers in the entertainment industry,” said The Merge Summit Co-Founder and Co-Chair Robi Reed We need as many beacons of love and hope as we can find to light a path in these days and The Merge Summit is the place where those like minds meet.  I’m excited to see us climb to a new plateau this year.”