McDonald’s Awards for African-American Celebs

Entertainers, community leaders and more than 2,500 consumers flocked to the New Orleans Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Saturday to honor this year’s recipients of the McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

The awards are given annually to individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.

The 10th annual awards honored 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.

“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.”

This year’s event was hosted by actress Taraji P. Henson and held in conjunction with Essence Festival weekend.

Consumers 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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