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*Taraji P. Henson is set to kick off 2016 with a return to BET’s “Celebration of Gospel.”

Media sources report the “Empire” star will be back to host the annual event, which will include performances from Chaka Khan, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobbs, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Jonathan McReynolds, among others.

Henson first hosted the “Celebration of Gospel” in 2014. That year, the event featured such performers as Deitrick Haddon, Donnie McClurkin and SWV. BET’s “Celebration of Gospel” will take place Jan. 9 at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theater and air on the network at 8 p.m. ET. Jan. 31.

LisaRaye-mccoyIn other news, LisaRaye McCoy is making moves on the small screen with the debut of her film “Skinned.”

The hour and a half movie, which was nominated as one of the best independent feature films to be screened at the Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in November, is set to premiere during the first quarter of 2016 on TV One.

Touching on colorism and self-acceptance, “Skinned” focuses on the story of Jolie, a young woman so uncomfortable in her own skin that she turns to skin lightening creams to alter her complexion.

Jolie’s focus on lightening her skin stems from her misconceptions about beauty in the film, which was directed by McCoy and Avery O. Williams. So much so that that years after bleaching her skin, she discovers that bleaching creams she used, which contained harmful chemicals, have caused health complications. As she gets help from a psychiatrist, Jolie journeys back to where it all began to face her demons in an effort to sustain her future.