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BISHOP T.D. JAKES SURPRISED BY 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OPRAH WINFREY, TYLER PERRY, SOLEDAD O'BRIEN AND MORE

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BISHOP T.D. JAKES SURPRISED BY 35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OPRAH WINFREY, TYLER PERRY, SOLEDAD O'BRIEN AND MORE 

 Thousands Gather in Dallas to Pay Tribute to Worldwide Spiritual Leader, including Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, Derek Luke, Mary Mary, Mike Epps, Fred Hammond, BeBe Winans, Kimberly Elise, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Loretta Devine, Meagan Good, KEM, Dr. Bernice King, Karen Clark Sheard and More

 

 

 On Friday, June 8, world leaders, dignitaries and celebrities gathered to celebrate spiritual leader and faith-based entertainment mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35-year career in ministry at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, TX. Produced by Ron Weisner Entertainment, the evening was filled with moving tributes, including a special surprise appearance from international media icon Oprah Winfrey. Hosts Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien were among the A-list celebrities participating in the black tie gala, aptly titled "A Triumphant Journey." The night included music performances from R&B artists Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi, KEM, Kelly Price, gospel artists BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Karen Clark Sheard, and Mary Mary, and jazz musicians Keiko Matsui and Kirk Whalum.  

Bishop and Serita Jakes. (Photo credit: TDJE/FPF)
The red carpet is rolled out to welcome the iconic Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife, Serita, at the black-tie gala to celebrate 35 years of ministry. (Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King make a surprise visit to Bishop T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Gala. (Photo Credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
CNN's Soledad O'Brien and producer/writer/director Tyler Perry entertain the crowd as co-hosts for the celebration. (Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Bishop T.D. Jakes is greeted with a warm hug from actress Angela Bassett in the press room following the star-studded T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Gala. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of the TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Jordin Sparks graced the red carpet in a flirty red dress before taking stage to perform at the Bishop T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Celebration. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Music legends Bebe Winans and Chaka Khan pose backstage at the Bishop T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Celebration. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Actor Derek Luke and wife Sophia strike a pose on the red carpet. Luke expressed his gratitude for getting to know Bishop Jakes during the filming of upcoming remake of Sparkle. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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Comedian Mike Epps and wife Michelle join the celebration. Epps credited Bishop Jakes for helping him grow in his faith and produce movies "my mother will go and see." (Photo credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)
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T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Gala presenters, DeVon Franklin, Sony Pictures executive, and actress Meagan Good enjoy each other's company on the red carpet. (Photo Credit: Cooper Neill, courtesy of The FrontPage Firm)
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Following the T.D. Jakes 35th Anniversary Gala, (L-R) Pastor Paula White, retired NFL player Emmitt Smith, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pat Smith (wife of Emmitt Smith), Donna Richardson Joyner (wife of media mogul Tom Joyner) gather at an intimate post-event soirée. (Photo Credit: Vernon Bryant, courtesy of TDJ Enterprises/The FrontPage Firm)