Published on January 30th, 2021 | by Meta Washington


Gospel Round-Up | 1/25/2021 – 1/31/2021

22nd Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Returns for 8th Year

The 22nd Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is returning for its 8th consecutive year on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 8:00p/7:00p CT on BET. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration (SBGC)  is the largest multicultural event airing Super Bowl weekend and is in its 22nd year as an NFL sanctioned event. The event will be hosted by TV/radio personality Rickey Smiley. This year’s theme is “Nothing Can Stop Us.” The broadcast will honor Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game paycheck back in 2017 to three stadium workers who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. The SBGC will present Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson with this year’s Faith in Action Award.”

He is one of the NFL’s youngest philanthropists and is committed to causes that support families and youth in underserved communities. He’s also the son of a cancer survivor. This year’s collaboration with the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration and the American Cancer Society will highlight the need to eliminate barriers to prevention and treatment in the Black community during the broadcast. Viewers can join the social conversation with hashtags #SuperBowlGospel and #NothingCanStopUs

Redemption East Welcomes New Worship Leader Deon Kipping

Gospel artist Deon Kipping has been selected as a worship leader for Redemption East, the newly relaunched Greenville-based ministry for Pastor Ron Carpenter and his wife Co-Pastor Hope Carpenter. Redemption East is the sister church to Redemption West located in San Jose, CA.  The official grand opening celebration of Redemption East will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 10:00 AM. Kipping, who is a cancer survivor announced his last day at The New Vision International Church ( in Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 3, 2021 where he had been the Head of Worship Ministry. He also recently released new single “God Is Working.”  Redemption East is located at 1 Exposition Drive, Greenville, SC. Service times are 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST.

Deitrick Haddon Premieres New Song and Video ‘Sick World’

Gospel singer, songwriter, pastor and actor Deitrick Haddon just followed up his #1 single “Open Door Seasonwith a brand new single Sick World.” “Sick World” was produced by Grammy-winner Zaytoven and is the first release from Haddon’s new record label Black Own Black Entertainment. Haddon performed the song during the 2021 Inaugural Gospel Celebration honoring the installation of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on January 20, 2021. He also gave us a sneak premiere of the video immediately following the virtual event. The video shows images of 2020 protests, people standing on lines for COVID tests, random violence and overcrowded hospital beds. All powerful images embodied by “Sick World” which is now available for pre-order and will be released on February 12, 2021.

Bishop T.D. Jakes Hosts Panel Discussion of Coronavirus Vaccine Experts

Bishop T.D. Jakes has brought together several of the world’s leading coronavirus experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, for a panel discussion titled Conversations with America: Unpacking the COVID-19 Vaccine. The panel discussion premiered on Monday, January 25, 2021 on  T.D. Jakes YouTube channel and is available for on-demand viewing. Bishop Jakes hosted and facilitated the panel in an effort to better inform and enlighten the public about the COVID-19 vaccine. Jill Waggoner co-hosted the panel.

Along with Dr. Fauci, the panel also included Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu. Dr. Corbett leads the team of scientists behind the Moderna Inc. COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Onyema Ogbuagu,an infectious disease specialist and principal investigator of the Pfizer COVID-19 trial at the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation.

Beloved Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson Died at Age 96

Legendary actress Cicely Tyson known for her pioneering roles in Hollywood died January 28, 2021 at age 96. Tyson made her movie debut in the late 50’s and gained wider audience appreciation in her memorable roles in movies and television dramas such as “Sounder,” “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman,” “Roots,” “King” and “The Rosa Parks Story” just to name a few. Tyson released her memoir “Just As I Am’ only days before her passing on January 26, 2021. Tyson whose career has spanned over six decades has been the recipient of multiple awards including an Oscar nomination, three Emmys and a Tony award that she won at age 88. In her memoir, she discusses her relationship with Miles Davis, her role in Roots based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel, Bill Cosby and more.⁠ Tyson has said “Just As I Am is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. In these pages, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades. Yet I am also the church girl who once rarely spoke a word. I am the teenager who sought solace in the verses of the old hymn for which this book is named. I am a daughter and mother, a sister, and a friend. I am an observer of human nature and the dreamer of audacious dreams. I am a woman who has hurt as immeasurably as I have loved, a child of God divinely guided by His hand. And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.”

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