Break out those Philip Treacy church hats and put on your Sunday best outfit, it’s time for Gospel Goes to Hollywood! The Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards luncheon is an annual event bringing celebrities together to share their untold stories of faith on what can sometimes be a rocky road to fame. Hosting the event was Wendy Raquel Robinson, who is currently on BET’s critically acclaimed sports dramedy, The Game, costarring alongside Tia Mowry Hardrict. The invite-only luncheon was held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. Well-groomed servers offered VIP guests succulent hors d’oeuvres, including crisped crab cakes, and served bubbly Moet mimosas on embellished silver salvers.
The bevy of ever-reverent stars arrived dressed to the nines albeit respectful attire for the special occasion. Untold stories of faith in this Christian community of Hollywood celebrities was not the only the matter on the agenda. The event also shared a special tribute dedicated to the late Whitney Houston in honor of her talented career, and her deep roots that lead back to the Southern Baptist Church.
Stars in attendance included Gospel sensation Adrian Anderson and comedian Jay Reid who talked to RedCarpetTips.com about how to dress appropriately for special occasions.
Past the courtyard’s art deco double doors that lead inside to the main banquet hall of the Taglyan Cultural Complex, round tables decorated with Tic-Tock Couture floral center pieces captured everyone’s attention at first sight. On the main stage, host Wendy Raquel Robinson introduced special musical guests to perform while the audience enjoyed its first course. Grammy-winning Gospel artists, Cece Winans and Donnie McClurkin, Jazz saxophonist Angela Christie, and new recording guitarist Leon Timbow filled the hall with such soulful music that with each song the crowd stopped eating and rose to their feet in praise.
In between performances, Wendy welcomed three honorees to the stage. Loretta Devine, Bill Duke and producer Curtis King, were honored for their dedication to the film industry as well as their humanitarian work. Before the luncheon came to an end, Cece Winans performed two beautiful songs while a slideshow chronicling the 35-year career of Whitney Houston played for the audience.
Gospel Goes to Hollywood is held in February, the month to celebrate important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. This annual observance recognized in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom is called Black History Month.
Sponsors of the 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood were Coca Cola®, Winged Limousines, The Word Network, Tic-Tock Couture Florals, and the Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood.