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YOLANDA ADAMS PERFORMS AT THE 21ST ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION HOSTED BY COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY

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YOLANDA ADAMS PERFORMS AT THE 21ST ANNUAL SUPER BOWL GOSPEL CELEBRATION HOSTED BY COMEDIAN RICKEY SMILEY

ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS INCLUDED DONNIE MCCLURKIN, COMMISSIONED, TRAVIS GREENE, LE’ANDRIA JOHNSON, MELVIN CRISPELL III, ANTHONY BROWN & GROUP THERAPY & THE NFL PLAYERS CHOIR

Returning to BET Networks for the seventh consecutive year on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the 21st Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration was hosted by national radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley. The annual NFL-Sanctioned event took place during Super Bowl LIV week, filming in front of a live audience on Thursday, January 30, 2020, at the James L. Knight Center.

The one-hour special featured performances by the NFL Players Choir, an exclusive reunion of the legendary group Commissioned, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Anthony Brown & Group Therapy, Travis Greene and BET Sunday Best Winners Le’Andria Johnson (Season 3) and Melvin Crispell III (Season 9). 

This year’s Super Bowl Gospel Honorees are NFL Players/brothers and American Cancer Society ambassadors Quinnen Williams (New York Jets) and Quincy Williams (Jacksonville Jaguars). The Williams brothers lost their mother to breast cancer in 2010 – turning tragedy into triumph the brothers now donate their time and resources to ensure that African Americans receive proper testing for cancer in urban communities.

Originating at Super Bowl XXXIII in 1999, the annual event joins together key NFL Players, top Gospel/Contemporary Christian and mainstream GRAMMY® Award-winning artists and special guests all on one stage to bring audiences an evening of uplifting music and inspirational messages. 
By far, the largest multicultural event to take place during Super Bowl weekend in its 21-year run as an NFL-sanctioned event, SBGC has featured artists including Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, Gladys Knight, Natalie Grant, MaryMary, Fantasia, Donnie McClurkin, Anthony Hamilton, among many others. 

Celebrity photographer and disabled Vietnam veteran Jerome Dorn embodies the very definition of resilience. Born in Philadelphia, the fifth of seven children, Dorn stayed focused throughout his youth, eventually obtaining his degree in Criminal Justice. Dorn has worked with the Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Justice, World Wide Detective Agency, and several other high profile security groups. Throughout his successful career, Dorn wrestled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aftereffect of his military service. Battling the pain and debilitating effect of PTSD, Dorn found comfort behind the camera. Photography proved to be not only therapeutic, but life changing as well. Dorn picked up his first camera in 1970 while serving in Vietnam and knew instantly that behind the lens was where he belonged. His shooting style and photographs were special, generating a buzz in the industry. In 1985, he began his career in photojournalism, working in a variety of genres. Dorn’s credentials include fashion, lifestyle photography, photojournalism, and celebrity/red carpet coverage. Working with MSNBC, Jet Magazine, and major publications in Philadelphia and around the country, Dorn has had the honor of capturing the images of hundreds of notable celebrities and politicians including President Barack Obama, George Bush Jr, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Jesse Jackson, Rihanna, Snoop Dog, Will Smith, and Tyler Perry. Photography has sent Dorn around the globe, inspiring his passion for civil activism. In 1995, Dorn assembled and led a group of forty-two men to the Million Man March. Together, they spent five days walking from Philadelphia to Washington DC. In his travels, Dorn observed a common theme amongst the youth of the world. Many of the children he encountered seemed lost. Understanding that opportunities for at-risk youth are minimal, Dorn was inspired to make a difference. Established by Dorn in 2011, InDaHouseMedia was built on the idea that there is room in the house for everyone. With InDaHouseMedia, Dorn’s mission is to provide the future generation with positive direction through sports, music, and photography.

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