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McDonald’s Celebrates Community Heroes During 365 Black Awards (Photos/Video)

Entertainers, community leaders and more than 2,500 consumers flocked to the New Orleans Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center this weekend to salute this year’s recipients of the McDonald’s 365Black Awards. The awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The 10th annual awards honored legendary recording artist and “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight; supermodel Beverly Johnson; education leader Dr. Steve Perry; executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams; McDonald’s owner/operator Roland Parrish; teen entrepreneur Leanna Archer; and youth environmentalist Charles Orgbon.

Prior to the ceremony, actress/comedian Kym Whitley covered the celebrity action from the “golden” carpet. Comedian Jonathan Slocumb  opened the show and got the crowd in the mood for musical stylings of recording artists Erica CampbellEstelleAngie StoneJordin Sparks and Yolanda Adams. Actors Jay Ellis and Omari Hardwick, actress Robinne Lee, singer/songwriter LeToya Luckett and actress/singer Brandy, were among celebrities on-hand to present the illustrious awards to the honorees.  Check out more of the “golden carpet” action hosted by Kym Whitley and awards photos below.

 

McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. This year’s event was hosted by award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson and held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™ weekend.

McDonald’s 365 Black Awards

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The McDonald’s 365 Black Awards hosted by Taraji P. Henson

McDonald's 365 Black Awards

Gladys Knight accepts her McDonald’s 365 Black Honor

 

“It is an honor to be recognized alongside these remarkable individuals,” said singer and philanthropist Gladys Knight. “By lending a hand to others, we can all help create environments of strength and compassion that enrich our neighborhoods, regardless of who we are or where we live.”

McDonald’s 365 Black Awards

McDonald's 365 Black Awards

Jordin Sparks kicks off the show performing “One Step At A Time”

 

McDonald's 365 Black Awards

Supermodel & Entrepreneur Beverly Johnson accepts her McDonald’s honor

 

 

Consumers nationwide can join in the celebration by watching the McDonald’s 365Black Awards broadcast on Black Entertainment Television (BET®) network on Sunday, August 25, at 10 p.m. Central.

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