Gospel Goes to Hollywood

The annual Gospel awards showcases and honors spiritual players in the entertainment industry. He’s a preacher and a Hollywood film executive at Columbia Pictures. She’s an actress, singer, activist and a Broadway veteran who originated the role of Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls.”

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

DeVon Franklin and Sheryl Lee Ralph were recently honored at the 2nd annual Gospel Goes to Hollywood Awards Luncheon, and joined actors Terry Crews and Marla Gibbs in celebrating their stories of faith in Hollywood.

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DeVon Franklin 

“It’s a blessing to be in the house,” said Franklin while accepting his honor. “God is using Hollywood to bring the Gospel. You can do one movie that goes around the world, one album or one book and if I did not own my faith, I won’t make it in this business,” continued Franklin, who is also the author of the book Produced by Faith. “Living a Christian life is the path to every single thing and I accept this award as a down payment on what I potentially might do, and I am thankful to you all for thinking of me in this way.”

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Terry and Rebecca Crews

Crews, along with his wife Rebecca, also shared his arduous journey to becoming Hollywood’s hardest working actor including the many hurdles he had to cross.

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Wendy Raquel Robinson

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Marla Gibbs

“I don’t do it for the money,” added Crews, a former NFL football player who traded in his helmet and cleats to pursue an acting career and has been in over forty films. “I don’t do it for one red cent. Everything I do is all for the love of the Lord.”

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Jimmy Jean Louis

Produced by Tomeka Holyfield of the HelppppAgency based in Atlanta, GA, the event hosted by actress Wendy Raquel Robinson and Grammy award winner Donnie Mcclurkin and was held at the historical Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Guests included Kellita Smith, Rockmond Dunbar, Vanessa Bell-Calloway, and Mikki Taylor.

by Samantha Ofole-Prince. Photo credit: Royalty Image.

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