On Saturday, June 18, 2011, McDonald’s Gospelfest will take the stage at the Prudential Center in Newark. Brenda Blackmon, a co-anchor of My9 News for WWOR-TV's 11:00 pm newscast, will be a part of the event.
In 2010, Blackmon won her fourth Emmy Award for Best Single Newscast and has been nominated for 15 additional Emmy Awards. She is also a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence. Additionally, she has won over a dozen Associated Press Awards.
Blackmon mentioned that she got in contact with Gospelfest about six years ago. Initially, she was asked to be a judge. Then My9, under its old moniker of UPN, started participating, and Blackmon was thrilled to participate.
When asked by “Local Talk” about what Gospelfest means to the community, Blackmon replied, “I think it gives hope and inspiration. It gives people a chance to look up and have hope, and get the spirit back in their hearts and minds People need to smile again, especially for the men - they are constantly beat down. A. Curtis Farrow puts together such a good program with people like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Bobby Jones. These are mighty men of valor. They are leaders in our communities.
“I don’t think gospel music has lost its pop,” said Blackmon regarding the state of gospel music today versus pop culture. “I have a young daughter who listens to both her music and gospel music. I have gospel music playing in the car. So, I don’t think it (gospel) has been lost. I think it has gotten a larger audience. I think there’s a new environment where people need it.”
Blackmon received an award in 2010 for "Inspiration through a Legendary Lifetime in Broadcasting" from McDonald’s Corporation. WWOR also presented a special salute honoring her career that began in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia where she was recognized as "One of the Century's Most Influential."
Blackmon graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University magna cum laude and has received two honorary doctorates of humane letters from FDU and Caldwell College.