Born Again: BET Bringing Back “Celebration of Gospel”

Tamela-Mann1 (1)The people have spoken and their voices were apparently heard! is happy to report that BET has had a change of heart as it pertains to their annual special “Celebration of Gospel.

After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise.

On May 1, reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.

Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke to us anonymously.

“It was simple, the sales team said they couldn’t sell the show because it was a gospel show and without those big sponsorships, the show cost money to produce but didn’t make money for the network,” the source elaborated. “But BET never imagined ending this show would cause the outcry that it received from the viewing public and have decided to see if they can make things work.” was told several months before the airing of the 2014 “COG” in early April that the special was being cancelled. Things were solidified at BET’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York when the show was omitted as one of the network’s returning “Mega-Specials.”Candice-Glover

In a follow-up document serviced to the media following the upfronts, the show was nixed from the production lineup as well.

Apparently, BET was overwhelmed by the backlash for cancelling its top-rated salute to gospel.  Privately the network started telling several artists that the show was omitted from the upfront presentation because “it was moved to a new month.” However, the award show special “Black Girls Rock” has also been moved to a new month but was still highlighted for advertisers and the media at the upfronts.

While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.

BET originally taped “COG” each December and aired it in February for Black History Month. In 2012, the show started taping in March so that it could air in April closer to Easter.

With “COG” now scheduled to tentatively tape in late fall next year, it would likely air around Thanksgiving



Academy Award Winning Actor Louis Gossett Jr. 2014 Living Legend Award Recipient


Los Angeles, CA – theHELPPPPagency has partnered with the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA and are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon, celebrating the Untold Stories of FAITH in Hollywood. The star-studded event will be held Friday, February 28, 2014 from 12 pm to 2pm at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, with a red carpet and pre-reception beginning at 11a.m.

“The idea was to produce an Inspirational Awards Luncheon that celebrates the UNTOLD STORIES of FAITH during Oscar Week. A time when everyone is reflecting on all their hard work and the FAITH it took to get them there. I wanted to recognize and celebrate them and at the same time raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against Domestic Violence“.says Tomeka B. Holyfield, GGTH Creator/Executive Producer

Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett Jr. will receive the notable “Living Legend Award” this year during the 5-star Awards Luncheon in West Hollywood. Several Celebrities are slated to be in attendance at what has become the MUST pre-Oscar event to attend during the Academy Awards week in Hollywood.

Past Honorees include Actress Marla Gibbs, Emmy Award Winning Actress Loretta Devine, Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, Actor Terry Crews, Producer/Director Bill Duke, Sr. VP of Sony Pictures- Producer DeVon Franklin, and legendary theater Producer Curtis Jones.

Past Performers include Grammy Award winning artists Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans, Mary Mary (Erica Campbell), Stellar Award winning artist Gospel Saxophonist Angella Christie and Ami Rushes to name a few.

Join us as we celebrate the FAITH that fuels our TENACIOUS ENDURANCE!

Hollywood Producer DeVon Franklin To Be Honored during OSCAR WEEK….

Hollywood Producer DeVon Franklin To Be Honored

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2nd Annual Gospel Goes To Hollywood Awards Luncheon

Hollywood, CA – The 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH) will be hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Grammy Winning Donnie McClurkin.  This event was hailed as a resounding success last year in Hollywood and this year will be no exception.  The event, is to raise awareness and funds in support of the fight against domestic violence, will be held Friday, February 22, 2013 at the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood, CA.  Festivities will began with a high-powered-red-carpet and pre-reception on the lavishly landscaped courtyard of Taglyan. Guests will enjoy delectable pass trays and mimosa before entering the venue adorned by beautiful floral designs by Tic-Tock Couture Floral.  

Hundreds of guests, celebrities, industry legends and some of today’s hottest artist will be in attendance as Hollywood Actors/Actresses, TV/FILM Directors and Producers all gather to “Celebrate The Faith” during Oscar Week. 
Recording artist J. Kingdom will kick off the show followed by the Grammy Award Winning duo MARY MARY.

Last year, the event concluded when celebrities Loretta Devine, Bill Duke, Cutis King, CeCe Winans, Gospel Saxophonist Angella Christie, Donnie McClurkin, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Kimberly Elise, Mikki Taylor, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Yvette Nicole Brown, Judge Mathis, Kenny Lattimore, Jimmy Jean Louis, Desiree Coleman Jackson, Tonya Young Williams, Rochelle Aytes, Adrian Anderson, J.C Jones, Kym E. Whitley, Mo & Kita, Wendell James and Sherif Atkins all joined Donnie McClurkin on stage to sing and celebrate the untold stories of faith in Hollywood.

This year, the LIST will be longer as this event has become a SIGNATURE EVENT during Oscar Week!

“This is a much-needed event and if you’ll have me, I’ll be here every year,” says Donnie McClurkin. 

Event Sponsors: included Taglyan Cultural Center, Coca-Cola, Tic-Tock Couture Floral and Walgreens to name just a few. Proceeds from the day’s events are donated to The Helpppping Hands Foundation dedicated to assist abused & battered women and their children throughout the world.

About The HELPPPPing Hands Foundation: 

A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization designed to meet the needs and empower women and children everywhere since 1997.  For the past 14 years they’ve been Helping, Empowering and Preparing people for their PURPOSE, PLAN and PLATFORM by lending a HELPPPPing Hand. The focus is on assisting abused & battered women and their children by providing support counseling, education and resources that will help to transition these individuals back into society as a viable citizen in homes and communities. To learn more about The HELPPPPing Hands Foundation, visit them at

About the HELPPPP Agency:

The Helpppagency birthed in 2005, is a full service event planning and management company based in Atlanta Georgiaowned and operated by Tomeka B. Holyfield.  The Agency gained national attention in 2006 after producing the FIRST EVER Red-Carpet Events in the Christian Community. The event recognizes and celebrates local pastors, sports figures and celebrities who share in the faith. The All-Star Gospel Celebration, now in its 8th year, has become a staple event during NBA All-Star Weekend. In 2012, the first ever Gospel Goes To Hollywood Awards Luncheon was lunched to MUCH fan fair! Visit them at:

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