LA Focus' Ladies First Tea Honors Yolanda Adams
OTRC w/Yolanda Adams at the First Ladies High Tea Discussing Her Hit Show "Kingdom Business" on BET+
About BET+ TV Series Kingdom Business
The BET + TV Series Kingdom Business is a behind-the-scenes look at the gospel music industry as seen through the lens of a drama unfolding around gospel queen Denita Jordan who is being challenged by an upstart young singer with a checkered past.
About Yolanda Adams
Yolanda Yvette Adams is an American gospel singer, actress, and host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. She is one of the best-selling gospel artists of all time, having sold over 10 million albums worldwide. In addition to achieving multi-platinum status, she has won four Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards, five BET Awards, six NAACP Image Awards, six Soul Train Music Awards, two BMI Awards and sixteen Stellar Awards. She was the first Gospel artist to be awarded an American Music Award. She is known as the "Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music", the "First Lady of Modern Gospel", while Variety dubbed her the "Reigning Queen of Urban Gospel". Adams was named by Billboard, in 2009, as the No. 1 gospel artist of the decade, driven by the sales of her No. 1 album Mountain High...Valley Low. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for her volunteer service. She was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association in 2017. In 2018, she became the first gospel artist nominated for a Tony Award for her work on SpongeBob Square Pants. In 2019, she received the Soul Train Music Awards Lady of Soul Award, and received critical acclaim for officially opening Super Bowl LIV with her performance of "America the Beautiful". Billboard listed her as one of the Top Gospel Artists of the 2010s. She has scored five number-one albums on Billboard's Top Gospel Album. Adams was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame in 2022.
About First Ladies High Tea Founded in 1998, this afternoon tea is a red-carpet affair for the Who’s Who of women in the church and the Black community, featuring celebrity guests, community leaders, and honorees that has become an annual tradition. In the twenty-plus years since its inception, the tea has served to inspire women, both young and old, to join forces and create a movement of service towards each other, the communities in which they live and, God while also providing scholarships to at- risk youth and galvanizing the faith community around critical issues that are impacting it. Past honorees include U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, former California First Lady Maria Shriver, Oscar Nominee Cicely Tyson, former LA County Supervisor Yvonne Burke, renowned vocalist Nancy Wilson, gospel recording duo Mary Mary, TV One founder Cathy Hughes, actor/activist Hill Harper and, to name a few.
About L.A. Focus and Lisa Collins Founded in 1995, L.A. Focus Newspaper–which boasts a readership of 120,000+ provides coverage that mirrors the concerns and issues facing the African American community, reflecting the importance of the church as both its heart and cornerstone. In addition to traditional circulation stops, L.A. Focus gets to the heart of the African American Community via its strongest institution: the church, with distribution in more than 350 churches. Lisa Collins is the founder and publisher of L.A. Focus Newspaper, a syndicated columnist, writer, and former Billboard Magazine columnist. A Los Angeles native, Collins is passionate about her goal of equipping Black Angelenos with information and resources enough to make better choices in their lives and showcasing the church as a critical component in community empowerment. Additionally, Ms. Collins serves as a consultant to churches and faith leaders on a wide range of topics, from the media to event promotion and civic involvement. She has also consulted with corporations looking to expand their faith outreach. Past and current clients include Metro, the Clippers Arena Project, the California Department of Public Health, L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell, State Senator Sydney Kamlager, Dakota Communications, Black Voice Media, and Newsom for Governor and Kathy Taylor.