Gospel Round Up: Sept. 21, 2022

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Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin Named as Co-Host for Dove Awards

Erica Campbell is seen at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

The Gospel Music Association has announced Erica Campbell and Chris Tomlin as the hosts for the 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards. The GMA Dove Awards are set to happen in person in Nashville, TN, October 18th, 2022. Erica Campbell, who is one half of the award-winning sister gospel duo Mary Mary and is a multi-platinum artist, TV personality and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell. She is a five-time GRAMMY Award winner and has also earned 16 Stellar Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, two American Music Awards, four BET Soul Train Awards and 13 Dove Awards.

Chris Tomlin is also a GRAMMY Award-winning artist who was voted “most often sung artist in the world” by TIME magazine. Over the course of his career, he has had 17 #1 singles, sold 12 million albums, won 27 Dove Awards, three Billboard Music Awards and is credited with 5.6 billion streams. This year’s broadcast of the Doves will air exclusively on TBN and the TBN app on Friday, October 21st, 2022, at 8:00p.m. ET and 10:00p.m. ET, with an encore presentation airing the same times on October 28th, 2022.

Suspect Arrested in Connection to Fire that Destroyed Historic Church in L.A.

The rescued pulpit of the Victory Baptist Church is seen following a fire in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Authorities say an arson investigation is under way after a fire destroyed the historic church in South Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

On Sunday, Los Angeles authorities arrested 23-year-old Carlos Diazon for suspicion of arson after a fire last week destroyed the historic Victory Baptist Church in South Los Angeles and injured three firefighters.

The church was founded in 1943 by Arthur Peters and became a home base for civil rights activists, gospel singers and congregants. The church grew in national prominence during the ‘50s when it’s Sunday night services we ‘re televised. The 75-member Victory Baptist Choir also drew crowds and has featured celebrated vocalists and composers over the years, such as Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, Ethel Waters, and many others. The fire which occurred on Sept. 11th required 16 companies to respond, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Fire Department launched an investigation and reviewed security video that was ultimately used to determine that Diazon was the culprit behind the devastating fire.

A Los Angeles fireman recovers musicals instruments following a fire at the Victory Baptist Church in Los Angeles, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Authorities say an arson investigation is under way after a fire destroyed the historic church in South Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The church was founded in 1943 by Arthur Peters and became a home base for civil rights activists, gospel singers and congregants. The church grew in national prominence during the ‘50s when it’s Sunday night services we ‘re televised. The 75-member Victory Baptist Choir also drew crowds and has featured celebrated vocalists and composers over the years, such as Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, Ethel Waters, and many others. The fire which occurred on Sept. 11th required 16 companies to respond, said a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department. The Fire Department launched an investigation and reviewed security video that was ultimately used to determine that Diazon was the culprit behind the devastating fire.

Gospel Artist Anisa Fowler Preps for Live Recording

Trinidadian-born singer, songwriter and praise and worship leader Anisa Fowler is geared up for her live recording on Friday, October 7th in New York City. Anisa, who is an independent gospel artist began singing at age 6 and released her first single in 2014 entitled “Your Love.” Anisa is credited with singing across the country with many gospel artists and recently opened for Smokie Norful’s anniversary concert at the City Winery in NY. In December 2020, she released two more singles “You Reign” and “Covered” that have been inspiring and ministering to the people of God everywhere. Her first EP “Anisa – The Next Chapter” with RNU Records was released in July 2022.

The live recording will be hosted by fellow gospel artist Vincent Bohanan and held at Moriah City in Cambria Heights, NY at 7:00 pm. The recording will also feature Reverend Robert Lowe & the Moriah City Singers and special guest artist Lamont Sanders.

Pre-Homecoming Pop-Up Headed to Richmond, VA

Hezekiah Walker (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

The Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at VUU will be hosting the upcoming Pre-Homecoming Pop-Up Gospel Concert featuring a roster of star-studded gospel artists including the host Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor John P. Kee, Lena Byrd Miles, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, and James Fortune. The Hezekiah Walker Center for Gospel Music at VUU has been dubbed the first academic center to focus on gospel music at a historically Black college or university. The curriculum offers students an opportunity to learn the genre as well as the cultural and business aspects of the industry. The concert will be held at the Liberation Church in Richmond, VA at 7:00 pm on September 30, 2022. Tickets are available online at HezWalkeratVUU.com. General Admission tickets are $40. There is also a limited amount of $50 VIP tickets also available for sale on the website.

Last Words…

Black Church Leaders Take on Digital Equity

The nationwide movement of Black church leaders collectively known as Black Churches 4 Digital Equity (BC4DE) will be coming together for an organized National Day of Action on September 24, 2022, to help close the digital divide within Black communities. It has been determined that approximately 29% of Black adults nationwide don’t have a home internet connection. 

These leaders are seeking to enroll eligible members of communities in the federal Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) which will ensure that households with incomes that are at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines will be able to afford the internet connections necessary for work and school. This is also applicable for participants in programs such as SNAP, Medicaid and the Housing Choice Program or other government subsidies.

The National Day of Action will be taking place simultaneously in 30 cities to raise awareness of the ACP’s benefits while helping eligible families to sign up. A full list of all participating churches nationwide is available at blackchurches4digitalequity.com/events.

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