Setting Sail: HBCU Leggings x the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise

Setting Sail: HBCU Leggings x the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise

Ahoy, HBCU Leggings Family!

Are you ready for an adventure? We've got some incredible news that's sure to make waves in the best way possible. HBCU Leggings is thrilled to announce our partnership with the legendary Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise. HBCU Leggings is the official sponsor of the fitness area and favorite fitness expert, Maria More, will be rocking HBCU Leggings as she leads daily fitness classes on board. Get ready to set sail with us on a journey like no other, where fitness, fun, and HBCU pride come together for an unforgettable experience. So pack your bags, put on your HBCU Leggings, and embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Legacy of the The Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise

Founded in 1998 by the renowned radio personality Tom Joyner, the Tom Joyner Foundation has been committed to supporting HBCUs across the nation for decades. With a mission centered on scholarship, endowment, and capacity building enhancements, the foundation has worked tirelessly to ensure the sustainability and preservation of our HBCUs.

Created for and operated by African Americans and people of color, the Fantastic Voyage Cruise seamlessly blends entertainment, philanthropy, and community, creating an unforgettable experience unlike any other. Last year’s cruise featured performances from celebrated artists such as Chaka Khan, Kirk Franklin, Ja Rule, Bobby Brown, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more. From electrifying performances by top artists to inspiring the company’s philanthropic efforts, this annual celebration is more than just a vacation— it’s a movement; a vibrant celebration of unity, joy, and culture.

But the foundation's impact extends far beyond celebration. Through strategic corporate partnerships, innovative programs have been developed to address the unique needs of HBCUs and their students. The teacher quality initiative focuses on enhancing the skills and qualifications of educators serving in urban and rural public schools. By assisting education majors and public school teachers in obtaining necessary certifications while actively teaching, this initiative not only uplifts the teaching profession but also enhances the quality of education in underserved communities. The Single Parent Scholarship Support program, made possible through corporate partnerships and community support, offers invaluable assistance to single parents striving to further their education and create a better future for their families. Take a look at the official website for more information about scholarships and initiatives.

These programs represent just a fraction of the impactful programs established over the foundation's illustrious history. As we navigate new challenges in education and beyond, the Tom Joyner Foundation remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting HBCUs, their students, and the communities they serve. Through innovative partnerships and forward-thinking initiatives, the foundation continues to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Maria More: From FAMU Alumna to Fitness Maven

Joining us on this journey at sea is the one and only Maria More, a shining star in the world of radio and fitness. A proud graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Maria's journey from the hallowed halls of her alma mater to becoming a renowned fitness guru is nothing short of inspiring.

After earning her degree from FAMU, Maria set her sights on conquering the media industry. Her natural charisma and infectious energy quickly caught the attention of listeners, earning her a spot as a co-host on the Ricky Smiley Morning Show. As a familiar voice on the airwaves, Maria used her platform to promote health and wellness, inspiring countless listeners to lead healthier, happier lives.

But Maria's passion for fitness didn't stop there. Fueled by her desire to empower others to take control of their health, she founded MPowered Fitness by Maria More, LLC, a fitness brand dedicated to helping individuals achieve their wellness goals through tailored workouts, nutrition guidance, and lifestyle changes.

Sailing Details and Ports of Call

Mark your calendars because departure day is right around the corner.  We'll be setting sail from the vibrant city of Miami, Florida, on April 27th, 2024, aboard Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas. This cruise will take us on a week-long adventure to some of the most beautiful destinations in the Caribbean.

Our ports of call include:

  • Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
  • Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

The first stop? The breathtaking island of Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. Picture-perfect beaches, crystal-clear waters, and adventures galore await us here. Whether you're interested in some underwater exploration with snorkeling, keen to soak up the sun on pristine sands, or eager to immerse yourself  into the island's rich history, Grand Turk has something for everyone.

Next up, on to the waves of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic on the island of Hispaniola. This vibrant land is bursting with culture and natural beauty. From wandering the colorful streets of the city to soaking in the history at Fortaleza San Felipe, or venturing into lush rainforests for thrilling eco-adventures, there's no shortage of excitement in store.

Last but certainly not least, is  the captivating city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prepare to be enchanted by the charm of Old San Juan's cobblestone streets, awed by the grandeur of El Morro fortress, and tantalized by the flavors of authentic Puerto Rican cuisine.

Each of these destinations has its own special magic, promising unforgettable experiences and memories to treasure forever. So pack your sunscreen, your sense of adventure, and your favorite pair of HBCU Leggings, because the Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise is about to take you on the ride of a lifetime. Get ready to sail away into paradise, my friends!

As we prepare to hoist the sails for the 2024 Tom Joyner Fantastic Voyage Cruise, we're already eagerly anticipating the recap of the ship experience. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming 2024 cruise photo release, where we'll reflect on the moments of camaraderie that made this journey special. And looking ahead to the future, be sure to stay tuned for the exciting details of our 2025 booking, where we'll embark on yet another exhilarating voyage filled with music, purpose, and limitless fun. Until then, stay ready so you don’t have to get ready by stocking up on your HBCU Leggings gear at Don’t forget, you can receive 10% off your order when you sign up for our email list where you’ll receive news updates, special announcements and everything HBCU. Until next time!

Love and Leggings,


Bibi Mama is a first generation Beninese-American actress born and raised in Mansfield, CT. Growing up she watched her father, an English professor and author, continue the Yoruba oral tradition through storytelling, which inspired her. She earned her B.F.A. from Howard University and recently finished her MFA at the Old Globe/University of San Diego MFA Graduate Acting Program.
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