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Published on September 25th, 2018 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Steve Harvey, Michelle Williams, Laila Ali, DeVon Franklin to Appear 10th Annual Merge Summit

Steve Harvey, Michelle Williams, Laila Ali, DeVon Franklin and more to appear at the 10th Annual Merge Summit.

Jordin Sparks to perform at star-studded LA event on October 11th.

Relevé Entertainment, in partnership with WalgreensAIDS Healthcare Foundation and AT&T, is proud to announce the return of  The Merge Summit. The 10th annual three-day celebration will be held October 11-13th at the Hilton Los Angeles Universal City. The Merge Summit is a unique event created to inspire synergy between faith-based and entertainment industry leaders and to educate, uplift, and encourage attendees to aspire toward their professional and personal goals. This year’s theme, hosted by Dr. Holly Carter, Robi Reed, and Traci Blackwell, is “Educate, Empower, Inspire”.

The Merge Summit will commence on October 11th with an Opening Award Gala honoring Television Personality and Philanthropist Steve Harvey. The weekend will feature speakers including President /CEO of Franklin Entertainment DeVon Franklin, Choreographer, Director and Television Personality Laurieann Gibson, Former American Boxer Laila Ali, Grammy Award- Winner Erica Campbell, ESSENCE Magazine Editor-At-Large Mikki Taylor, Celebrity Hair Stylist and reality TV star Kim Kimble, EVP of Programming & Development at OWN Jon Sinclair, and President of Universal Television Pearlena Igbokwe, to name a few. It will also feature musical performances by Jordin Sparks, Kierra Sheard, Travis Greene, Mali Music, Koryn Hawthorne, Pastor Charles Jenkins, and Willie Moore Jr. This year, The Merge has dubbed the second night of the summit “Art N’ Out”, a special evening dedicated to millennials hosted by Terrence J, and featuring performances by Major and Joi Starr, among others. Additional talent for the weekend includes, but is not limited to, actor Dondre Whitfield and the cast of Queen Sugar, Edwina Finley, Harmony Samuels, and Angela M. Davis.


Integrating faith & entertainment, THE MERGE SUMMIT is a series of exclusive events that provides education, inspiration, empowerment, and opportunity to faith- and industry-minded individuals. We bring together leaders in the arts and entertainment industry to teach, prepare and inspire the next generation of leaders in music, film, television, business, and ministry. Our efforts revolve around producing invaluable experiences for our participants to meet and learn from industry powerhouses. THE MERGE SUMMIT features over 20 Interactive Panel Discussions, Powerful Master Classes andEngaging Breakout Sessions, all taught by more than 60 of the industry’s top entertainers and executives. Plus, they have the opportunity to attend the OPENING NIGHT AT THE MERGE VIP Reception and the FREEDOM & THE MERGE Concert Experience. Within the past year, THE MERGE has traveled nationwide with events in Baltimore, Atlanta, and Chicago! The highly anticipated 10-year anniversary will be bigger and better than ever. Past speakers and guests include Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Anthony Anderson, and Tracee Ellis-Ross

For more information on registration packages and tickets click here.

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