Learn More about the Black Tie Gala featuring Robin Givens on August 21st

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Phillips CME Church launches its 150th church celebration in 2015.  One of its culminating activities is a Black Tie Gala which will be held at the Jackson Center,  6001 Moquin Drive, Huntsville, AL at 7 p.m. on August 21st. The Gala is highlighting actress, author and motivational speaker Robin Givens.  Ms. Givens and her cast will present excerpts from her stage play “Joy in  the Morning.”

About the Actress:

Robin Givens began her acting career with an appearance on "The Cosby Show."  The following year, she landed her breakthrough role as Darlene Merriman on the hit ABC series “Head of the Class” (1986-1991).  During that time she co-starred with Oprah Winfred in the miniseries “The Women of  Brewster Place” (1989).  Givens then starred in several back-to-back movies including a critically acclaimed starring role in “A Rage In Harlem” (1991) with Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover and Gregory Hines under the direction of Bill Duke and "Boomerang" opposite Eddie Murphy in 1992.  She was listed among Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History in 1995.  Most recently, Givens returned to films working with Tyler Perry on his "The Family That Preys Together" (1998) with Kathy Bates and the TBS series “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” as well as a recurring role on USA Network’s "Burn Notice" and many other series.

In  2007, Miss Givens published her first book, “Grace Will Lead Me Home" and is working on her second book, which will soon be published.

Robin Givens has discovered a new gift and passion in directing an original stage performance, which she has also co-written, "Joy  in  the Morning."  This uplifting theatrical experience with soul-stirring music convinces us that there  truly can be… "hope after heartbreak with heavenly help."  The show has been performed to standing ovations, throughout the country and abroad.

Ms. Robin Givens is Co-Chair of “Women Who Care.”


“Joy in the Morning” is a stage play, with music, based on a book by Robin Givens and her mother Ruth Givens. Robin Givens says the play is about a woman who loses her faith in God and her belief in life. It tells the story of a young  widow who seeks healing through therapy in the wake of her husband’s death. The woman forms a close relationship with her  therapist, who may need her as much as she needs him.  Neither is aware of the angelic help that leads them both towards healing. “It is about her journey back to herself and her faith in God,” Robin says.

The  story was first presented as a dramatic reading at Carnegie Hall with Robin Givens, James Avery, Johnny Gill and gospel  singer, Yolanda Adams, participating.  Givens later fleshed out the characters and added additional  ones.  The play has been performed in Bermuda and Canada.  In 2015, Givens is doing a national theatre tour.  “Joy in the Morning “ will be performed on September 12, at the Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre in Birmingham, AL with Givens herself directing.

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