Recording artists Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone pay tribute to recipients for dedicationto strengthening communities
July 7, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Entertainers, community leaders and more than 2,500 consumers flocked to the New Orleans Theater at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center yesterday to salute this year's recipients of the McDonald's
. The awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. The 10
annual awards honored legendary recording artist and "Empress of Soul"
; education leader
Dr. Steve Perry
; executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox
; McDonald's owner/operator
; teen entrepreneur
; and youth environmentalist
"It is an honor to be recognized alongside these remarkable individuals," said singer and philanthropist
. "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 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
Prior to the ceremony, actress/comedian
covered the celebrity action from the "golden" carpet. Comedian
opened the show and got the crowd in the mood for musical stylings of recording artists
, were among celebrities on-hand to present the illustrious awards to the honorees.
"We applaud this year's honorees for their tireless dedication to serving others. Truly, the contributions of these individuals are integral to strengthening communities on the whole," said
, McDonald's U.S. marketing director. "From McDonald's owner/operators to global superstars, past and present 365Black Awards recipients prove that benevolent work yields positive results."
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
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