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Press Release

Emmy/Golden Globe-nominated Host Anthony Anderson will lead with laughter a star-studded night of gospel music to unite and heal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (January 14, 2021): On Wednesday, January 20th at 8pm EST, join Emmy/Golden Globe-nominated Host Anthony Anderson, along with esteemed invited honored guests President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, for the first-ever virtual 2021 Inaugural Gospel Celebration. Get a front-row at-home seat to a historic global peace-building event welcoming a new administration and raising funds for the National Baptist Convention’s “I’m In” initiative to enable better healthcare access for underserved communities. Join as one nation standing together in unity, inspired and uplifted by a star-studded musical lineup sure to set a powerful tone for the years to come. 

“Now it is time to turn the page, to unite, to heal,” President-Elect Biden said in a post-election speech. Leading the charge toward harmony, he adds: “I will work to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. I won’t see red states and blue states, I will always see the United States.”

This COVID-compliant virtual celebration is co-executive produced by Terk Entertainment Group and OCTET Productions. The two-hour event will offer musical performances by some of today’s most notable gospel artists, including Fred Hammond, Marvin Sapp, Tasha Cobb, Koryn Hawthorne, Bryan Popin, and many more. It will also feature appearances by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Host Anthony Anderson - star of ABC’s award-winning “Blackish” - along with Oscar/Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award winner Taraji P. Henson, the accomplished Morris Chestnut, and television sensation Lamman Rucker. A portion of all ticket sales will benefit the National Baptist Convention, led by national President Dr. Jerry Young and Reverend Charles McNeill of the National Capital Baptist Convention, and their “I’m In” initiative to empower access to quality healthcare for underserved communities nationwide.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this milestone moment of peacemaking in our nation,” says Terk Entertainment Group President/CEO Tarek “Terk” Stevens. “We look forward to putting together an inspirational production showcasing some of today’s most talented artists and honoring our newly-elected administration as the work of unity and healing begins.” 

“It is an honor and a privilege to produce such a momentous event marking a season of much-needed unity in America,” says OCTET Productions President/CEO and event Executive Producer Chuck West. “Special thanks to our esteemed invited honored guests President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, as well as to our incredible talent lineup for coming together to celebrate progress and begin the healing this nation needs.”

For the first time ever, get a front-row seat to the 2021 Inaugural Gospel Celebration on Wednesday, January 20th from 8pm-10pm EST. Reserve your ticket now for this special global pay-per-view event - based in Washington, D.C. and filmed in COVID-Compliant locations across the country - and find cable provider details online at https://www.the2021igc.org/ ($19.99), with proceeds benefiting the National Baptist Convention’s “I’m In” initiative. Join supporting celebrities and follow along on Instagram @the2021igc using the hashtags #StandingUnitedTogether #InspirationAndUnity #UnityCreatesChange #StrongerTogether #CelebrationofChange.

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About the National Baptist Convention “I’m In” Initiative (NBCIMIN.com): 

With more than 9.8 million tithing members and 33,000 plus churches, the National Baptist Convention (NBC) has dedicated themselves to fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ through teaching, preaching, and during this pressing moment in history, healing. Together with the X Coalition, a private conglomerate group of large and small businesses, the NBC now works to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on the African American community. Providing mobile testing options, this initiative brings together the public and private sectors to deliver community-based access to COVID-19 testing and potential treatment. Led by NBC’s Chief Strategist, Melvin Forbes of Forbes Consulting, the effort aims to reduce the underlying healthcare disparity gap in the African American community, highlighted during this pandemic. Learn more at NBCIMIN.com

About Terk Entertainment Group (TerkEntertainmentGroup.com):

Led by 30-year industry professional President/CEO Tarek “Terk” Stevens, Terk Entertainment Group features a heavy-hitting team of international content creators striving to take visual storytelling to the next level. Financing, developing, and producing culturally curated content targeting African-Americans and trans-atlantic African Diaspora around the world, the brand boasts a global celebrity network and partnerships with industry-leading names like BET International, National Baptist Convention, and Crystal Ship Artists. CEO Terk Stevens is most recently recognized as the co-producer of BET Africa’s first television series, “Top Actor,” as well as the influencers Brunch - a live Oscar weekend event which converges Wall Street, Capitol Hill, and Hollywood with conversations from key entertainment influencers over brunch. Learn more at TerkEntertainmentGroup.com.

About OCTET Productions (OctetProductions.com):

Founded in 2015 by President/CEO Chuck West, OCTET Productions is a full-service production company based in the District of Columbia. From concept development to finished project, OCTET remains dedicated to every detail, working with national partners such as TV One, BET, BETher, Lifetime, and UMC to provide the best in film production. With over 30 years of experience in film and entertainment, the OCTET team is committed to delivering outstanding productions that optimize the overall viewing experience. The company’s “OCTET Pretty” projects set a new standard for the world of independent films, giving the brand a distinctive industry edge. Learn more at OctetProductions.com.

“Joe Biden, in his first speech as president-elect, urges unity: ‘Time to heal in America’,”CNBC.com, November 7, 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/07/joe-biden-in-his-first-speech-as-president-elect-urges-unity-time-to-heal-in-america.html
“Biden calls for unity and healing after Electoral College certifies his victory,” CNBC.com, December 14, 2020.
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