“MegaFest is about coming together, restoring ourselves and our families so we can return home refreshed, better people,” Bishop T.D. Jakes said. MegaFest is a three-day inspirational family festival hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The fest took place Aug. 29-31, bringing a plethora of Black star power to the Metroplex, so much so that some coined Dallas “Black Hollywood” over the grand weekend.
MegaFest focuses on four of Jakes’ most popular events– ManPower, Woman Thou Art Loosed, MegaKidz and Mega-Youth. The festival galvanized an estimated 60,000 people this year to events at the Dallas Convention Center, American Airlines Center, Omni Hotel, and other venues in Downtown Dallas. This was also the first time MegaFest was held in Dallas, TX.
Oprah Winfrey graced the fest, along with Jakes for an inspiration event called Life Class. Winfrey became overwhelmed as she expressed what God has done for her delivering a spirit of triumph to all who were present.
The “Black Hollywood” sentiment was alive and well with Academy award winning actress, and singer Jennifer Hudson in attendance to premier her new movie Winnie Mandela, a biopic about the historical South African freedom fighter, and one time wife to Nelson Mandela. Jakes has helped this film come into fruition by presenting the film in concert with producer André Pieterse (Ironwood Films) along with Michael Mosca of Equinoxe Films.
The red carpet premier was well attending by many in the entertainment world including director and producer Robert Townsend, Anthony Mackie (Pain & Gain), Niecy Nash (The Soul Man), Tisha Campbell-Martin (The Protector), actress and recording artist Brandy Norwood (The Game), Holly Robinson Peete (Mike & Molly), Michelle Williams (Destiny's Child), gospel recording artist Jessica Reedy, and actress Brély Evans (Sparkle) just name a few.
To most attending, the weekend was full people to see, but more important was the spirit of God and inspiration. “I am so overwhelmed with God’s spirit right now,” said Catrina Hays a first time guest to MegaFest.
The fest has brought together 700,000 attendees since its inception in 2004. Past speakers and performers have included Aretha Franklin, Steve Harvey and Dave Ramsey.