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When it comes to anything Gospel or anything Hollywood usually you wouldn’t think to put these two words in the same sentence. However thanks to visionary Tomeka B. Holyfield, that mindset is no more, with the creation of Gospel Goes to Hollywood.

Produced and created by Holyfield and now in its second run, the 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon was Oscar ready with a palatial setting from the first step out of the Limo to the exquisite interior and lavishly landscaped courtyard exterior of the Taglyan Complex on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 11-2PM in Hollywood, CA.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a high-powered red carpet, servers offering glasses of Mimosas’, heavy tray pass h’orderves, and a flawless saxophonist playing everyone’s favorite song.  Within steps of everyone’s initial drop off point, a heavy hitting media row was only a few feet away anxiously waiting to interview or photograph the many honorees or special guests. Everyone from Sheryl Lee Ralph, Judge Mabalean, T.C. Carson, Terry & Rebecca Crews, Devon Franklin, Rockmond Dunbar, Erica Campbell, Jimmy Jean Louis, Florence LeRue, Adrian Anderson, and many others felt right at home.

Hosting this year’s 2nd Annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon (GGTH) was Actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Comedian D. Ellis aka Mr. Entertainment who filled in for an Under the Weather Donnie McClurklin, who were perfect for the job. 

This year’s honorees included Sony Pictures executive and Minister DeVon Franklin who gave a powerful acceptance speech.  He said he was asked, “Why would you want to write a book where it would take you from behind the scenes and tell people that you are a Christian and that they need to live a Christian life?  Why would you do that?”  Devon response was “Because I see people out there struggling.  I see a generation being lost and they are being told to go in the wrong direction.  What they are drinking from this culture is not telling them that God is real and that Jesus Saves and we need to let them know that there is hope and that you CAN live your dream and you can have success and that you can do it with integrity and without giving up your soul!”


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