CeCe Winans Participates in Trump Coronavirus Ad Campaign, Denies Participation is ‘Political’

Should CeCe Winans Be Cancelled?

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Gospel music great CeCe Winans, auntie of Deborah Joy Winans, who portrayed “Charity” on OWN’s Greenleaf, is in a lot of trouble according to the online cancel culture authorities. According to POLITICO,

The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump and executed in part by close allies of the official, using taxpayer funds.

The ad blitz, described in some budget documents as the “Covid-19 immediate surge public advertising and awareness campaign,” is expected to lean heavily on video interviews between administration officials and celebrities, who will discuss aspects of the coronavirus outbreak and address the Trump administration’s response to the crisis, according to six individuals with knowledge of the campaign who described its workings to POLITICO.

The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to “defeat despair” about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump and executed in part by close allies of the official, using taxpayer funds.

The ad blitz, described in some budget documents as the “Covid-19 immediate surge public advertising and awareness campaign,” is expected to lean heavily on video interviews between administration officials and celebrities, who will discuss aspects of the coronavirus outbreak and address the Trump administration’s response to the crisis, according to six individuals with knowledge of the campaign who described its workings to POLITICO.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Well, CeCe is one of those celebrities and Black Twitter is not amused…Here is one I discovered from The Grio

The backlash was so much that CeCe had to respond. Below is what she had to say…

 

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A quick urgent message!

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Although CeCe says her involvement is the Trump ad campaign is not “political,” journalist Roland Martin says otherwise…

How do I feel about it? First of all, I don’t believe in cancel culture. The cancel culture seems to be comprised of online bullies who don’t have the capacity to interpret nuanced issues. That being said, in this highly politicized time, darn near everything is political at this point. I understand what CeCe is saying about trying to spread the facts about COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus itself. In fact, both her brother BeBe, their mother and another brother suffered from the virus!

But on the other hand, the president, himself, is sending a mixed message about the pandemic and has been from the beginning. So you’ve got these celebrities talking about a wearing a mask as a part of this ad campaign that is funded by the government while the head of the government is saying one thing while doing another. I feel for Surgeon General Dr. Jerome M. Adams and Dr. Fauci who I believe are trying to stop the spread, but at the same time, the overall administration is not functioning as one unit.

So should CeCe be cancelled? No, BUT the nuances influencing this ad campaign should be considered…Read the POLITICO article because the nuances influencing this campaign are fully explained…

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Stellar Gospel Music Awards 2020: See The Full List Of Winners HERE!

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According to BET, not even a global pandemic could diminish the powerful spirit of praise, worship and celebration during the historic virtual broadcast of the Stellar Gospel Music Awards Sunday night on BET and BET Her.

Led by hosts Kirk FranklinJonathan McReynolds, and Koryn Hawthorne, the 35th Anniversary Stellar Gospel Music Awards awarded trophies in 28 categories for the year’s best performances in the genre — including six statues presented to the night’s big winner, host and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin.

Below is a list of winners:

Category #1
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tasha Cobbs Leonard; Heart. Passion. Pursuit. (Live at Passion City Church); Motown Gospel

Category #2
SONG OF THE YEAR
Deliver Me (This Is My Exodus); Donald Lawrence, William Stokes, Marshon Lewis, Robert Woolridge & Desmond Davis; RCA Inspiration

Category #3
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kirk Franklin; Long Live Love; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #4
ALBERTINA WALKER FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Le’Andria Johnson; Goshen; RCA Inspiration

CATEGORY #5
DUO/CHORUS GROUP OF THE YEAR
The Walls Group, Friend in Me, Wall2Wall Entertainment/My Block Records

CATEGORY #6
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Pastor Mike Jr.; Live Free; Black Smoke Worldwide

CATEGORY #7
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Long Live Love; Kirk Franklin; Fo Yo Soul/ RCA/ RCA Inspiration

You can view the complete list of winners here.

Singer Tamela Mann performed her hit powerful single “Touch from You” at the 2020 Stellar Gospel Music Awards…Tamela lookin’ good right? I see you lady…

Additionally, the night was marked by powerful performances and tributes to late civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis.

See the 35th Annual Stellar Awards Virtual Red Carpet hosted by Jekalyn Carr. Portions of this program were pre-recorded.

To relive all of the highlights, you can watch the Stellar Awards in national broadcast syndication in 210 markets starting August 29 – September 27 (check local listings).

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Stephanie Summers Crowned Winner of BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ Season 10!

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America’s most inspirational singing competition BET’s “Sunday Best” has announced it’s Season 10 Winner – Stephanie Summers (Colorado Springs, Colorado). Summers will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a prize of $50,000, an opportunity to be a featured performer on the McDonald’s Inspiration Gospel Tour and the title “Sunday Best.”

A veteran in the gospel music scene, Stephanie Summers has opened up for legends like Pastor John P. Kee, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and others. Her gospel career was derailed following the death of her best friend and father.  After a short period of becoming homeless, she has once again found her footing and is ready to return to the gospel scene and prove that it’s never too late to follow your dreams.  Today, she is living with her children in Colorado Springs.

The Clark Sisters

The season 10 finale episode featured original performances by show judge Jonathan McReynolds feat. Mali Music with “Movin’ On;” show judge Erica Campbell with “You;” The Clark Sisters with “Victory;” Kierra Sheard with “It Keeps Happening” and Season 9 Winner Melvin Crispell III with a rendition of “What’s Going On?”

Twinkie Clark

Le’Andria Johnson

Gospel music great Dorinda Clark Cole and Sunday Best Season 3 Winner Le’Andria Johnson made special appearances during contestant mentoring moments.

Kirk Franklin

Season 10 premiered July 5th from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, GA with a live audience and band, before transitioning to a virtual telecast in light of COVID-19. GRAMMY®-winning music legend Kirk Franklin served as host; and GRAMMY® winning songstress & host of “Get Up Mornings,” Erica Campbell, GRAMMY® nominated artist & star of BET’s “American Soul” Kelly Price and GRAMMY® nominated & multiple Stellar award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds returned as judges. Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, Georgia at The House of Hope.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, “The New Edition Story”),  and Dionne Harmon (“The Bobby Brown Story,” “Hip Hop Squares”) serve as executive producers of season ten of “Sunday Best” along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (“Dear Mama,” “Black Girls Rock!”), and Torrence Glenn (“Celebration Of Gospel,” “Trumpet Awards”) is co-executive producer.

For updates and more information about “Sunday Best,” please visit BET.com/SundayBest. Join the conversation on social media by logging onto social media platforms using the hashtag: #BETSundayBest.

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