*Actress Vivica A. Fox, who is best known for her roles in late ’90s films “Soul Food” and “Set It Off,” is taking the stage for the 2010 Allstate Gospel Superfest as a co-host for the show, which will be nationally syndicated beginning today, January 25. The star, joined by actor Flex Alexander, taped the event live from Cincinnati, OH earlier this month.
“I’m excited. This is the third time that I’ve hosted the Gospel Superfest. I really enjoy it,” Fox told EUR’s Lee Bailey. “I think it’s a wonderful, wonderful way to start off the year; giving thanks and praise.”
Fox said that this year’s event served as a homecoming of sorts for the show’s founder and executive producer Dr. Bradley Cartwright.
“He started the Gospelfest on the radio and now it’s grown into being on television and being a wonderful evening of praise,” she said. “He reached out to me years ago. I guess it went well and this year I’m the hostess with the mostests.”
Though Fox, and Alexander for that matter, are talented showmen in their own right, Fox said that the duo left the performances to the great gospel performers including The Clark Sisters, Shirley Murdock, Regina Belle, J. Moss, Ricky Dillard and New G, Vickie Winans, Shirley Murdock, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, The Williams Brothers, Keith Wonderboy Johnson, Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Jonathan Nelson, and others.
On Saturday, January 9, Proctor and Gamble sponsored the 11th annual Allstate Gospel Superfest in Cincinnati, hosted by Vivica Fox and Flex Alexander. During the event, TV host and entrepreneur B. Smith hosted the Bounty Soul Food Cook-off, a competition between three of America's top gospel choirs.
And while the roster of gospel’s brightest stars will be in the house, there is just a bit of controversy in the gospel community about the sexy star hosting gospel shows, though Fox said that she herself hasn’t heard any complaints.
“I’m a celebrity that’s well known in the African-American community who loves the Lord. I just think they’re happy to bring a little bit of Hollywood to gospel. When I come out, I get a lot of love,” she said.
The 11th Annual Gospel Superfest will air on some Fox affiliates (check local listings).
“When the show started off on the radio, it helped to launch Mary Mary who have crossed over into pop [music]. They started off on the gospel network, on his show.”
A rather busy actress, Fox also just recently released the DVD “Whatever She Wants,” did an alter ego photo shoot with famed photographer Derek Blanks, reunited – in a way – with rapper 50 Cent, has a gig with Nickelodeon and a gig with Cartoon Network, and is making moves – literally.
“[Whatever She Wants] was a play that I produced as well starred in,” she said. “It was on the road for about six months a couple of years ago. I won a Spirit Award for that role. It stars Richard Roundtree, Boris Kodjoe, and comedian Scruncho. It was a wonderful comedy drama play with a lot of singing in it.”
With Derek Blanks, who has done a lot of very famous alter ego photos, Vivica chose a sexy vampire and an angel.
“I loved the drama of creating that character, which was my vision, so I loved seeing it come together,” she said of the experience. “I loved doing everything with the hair, with the eyes, with the makeup. I started off as a model, so I love taking pictures. I love looking different, and I was getting into character.”
(Click here to watch the video of the photo shoot.)
Fox got in front of the camera again, this time with former fling, rap star 50 Cent. She co-starred with the artist for his video for “Do You Think About Me.” In the vid, Viv plays 50′s ex-girlfriend who goes into a tizzy, slashing tires, stabbing voodoo dolls of the G-Unit General and, at the end, bringing C-4 to his door, MTV reports. The music video even uses real photos of the two when they were couple.
“We put our differences behind us,” Fox said of teaming with 50 for the video. “We’ve never worked on camera together. It was so fun and it showed everyone that we’re friends now. I was really surprised to get the call from him to do the video, but it was very pleasant surprise. We had a lot of chemistry – chemistry was never the problem. It just showed that we were able to put our past behind us. It’s good.”
She is also starring on the Nickelodeon show “True Jackson, VP” as the main character, True Jackson’s (played by Keke Palmer) mom and is the voice of Angel Dynamite on “Scooby Doo” on the Cartoon Network, and is shopping her own reality series.
“The reality series will be about Vivica moving to Miami and starting a new chapter of my life and entering the world of journalism, either as a sportscaster, a hard new reporter, or an entertainment reporter,” Fox described. “I’m starting a new chapter in my life on the East Coast, but it’s got to be warm because I do not do cold.”
But does this mean she’ll be leaving acting? Not necessarily.
“I’d like to move to the East Coast because it seems like there’s more opportunities,” she said. “I think Hollywood is a town for … well, I’ve done well being Vivica Fox. I’m just going to give myself a new challenge.”
For more on Vivica Fox and her plans and projects, check out her website at www.vivicafox.com. For information and air times of the Allstate Gospel Superfest, go to www.gospelsuperfest.com.