By Naomi Richard
BET Networks held its third Annual Faith-Based Breakfast on Friday, March 15, 2013 to kick off this year’s “Celebration Of Gospel.” This special breakfast was created to unite various religions cultures and denominations together the day before the taping of the show. Participants included Grammy® winning Gospel artist Dorinda Clark Cole, RCA Gospel recording artist Deon Kipping, comedian Nikita B., Columbia Tristar Pictures executive and author DeVon Franklin, and it was hosted by entertainment personality Fonzworth Bentley.
At the downtown Los Angeles Omni Hotel, guest came to enjoy an early morning of praise and thanksgiving. In addition to the named program participants, many other celebrities came out to enjoy the service. Dr. Bobby Jones, VaShawn Mitchell, Mali, Tye Tribbett, Robert Hasan James, television personality Omarosa and many more Gospel industry movers and shakers.
Deon Kipping delivered inspiring music and he was joined by the dynamic singing group known as LIVRE’.
Devon Franklin and Dorinda Clark Cole deliver strong messages of faith and courage. Guests stood for much of their sermons.
“We’re in a season of “transition” and we’re moving towards our destiny. We will live and not die if our ways please the Lord. It may look dark now. Your audition calls may not be returned, your music may not be played, and all your dreams may seem dead. But hold on, God’s going to work a miracle in seven days,” proclaimed Cole to a charged audience!
She continued, “This is why BET has this breakfast. They understand the value of us coming together as a Gospel community to lift each other up!”
Many left the breakfast with tears streaming down their cheeks, others hugging their neighbors, some praying for another guests and many rejoicing with a renewed sense of hope and determination!
The televised praise party “Celebration of Gospel” tapes Saturday, March 16, 2013 and is hosted by popular actor, author and comedian Steve Harvey. The two-hour special pays tribute to the rich history of Gospel Music in a unique format that combines today’s leading Gospel and secular artists. The show is set to air on April 7, 2013.