Of course, there’s lunch to keep up your energy available at a multitude of restaurants or at the ever popular Lido Deck buffet. There’s also a constant party at the Lido Deck pool (and hot tub) including deejays. And of course, there is the Tyler Perry casting call, which attracts a daily long  line of aspiring actors hoping to catch their break if they are willing to abandon the afternoon’s activity schedule to audition.

Let’s talk Tom Joyner Foundation. Art sales bring in a lot of money for the Foundation, which is a vital part of supporting HBCU’s. As you know, The Fantastic Voyage benefits Tom Joyner’s commitment to providing scholarships at the nation’s Black colleges and universities. The onboard art gallery this year features Charles Bibbs, whose art has been collected by celebs and showcased on TV and film and an amazing new artist named Lobyn Hamilton, who creates amazing art out of vinyl records.

Now onto the night – and the Neo-Soul Live with Dwele and Raheem DeVaughn on the Lido deck./Guy Torry hosted, but look out for their opening comedian, Miss Pretty Ricki. She was hilarious. A little wind didn’t stop the warm vibes from flowing as the soul showmanship began. Dwele took advantage of the many phones recording the concert to grab a fan’s phone and sing directly to it. What a memory for this lady, who literally jumped up and down in excitement.

Dwele played to the crowd throughout, actually singing to people in the crowd and then striding through it. So everyone was already hyped up by the time Raheem DeVaughn came out, kicking into some of his most popular lovemaking joints. He mixed it up, though, with some conscious songs s as well as some of the ones his more amorous fans have come to expect. And some truly appreciated it – she threw her pink panties onstage and Raheem caught them.

If you missed the neo-soul concert, you had plenty of other choices.

Fantastic Voyage Diary 2018: Day 2  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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