McDonald’s rolled out the gold carpet to honor an inspiring slate of honorees at the 14th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards on Sunday in New Orleans.
Hosted by actress Essence Atkins, the event was held during the closing day of the 23rd annual ESSENCE Festival and for the first time in the organization’s history, honored a line-up of all women honorees.
The elegant luncheon-style event celebrated Olympic gold-medalist and author Sanya Richards-Ross; actress and comedian Tichina Arnold, business executive and author Valeisha Butterfield-Jones; and McDonald’s owner/operator Marty Gillis. Chasity Hale also was recognized with the McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award for her work as a writer, poet and community leader.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards is known for drawing influencers and celebrity attendees, many of whom graced the signature gold carpet prior to the luncheon. The Awards included performances by R&B songstress Kelly Price and gospel artist Jekalyn Carr. In addition, Influential artist J. Muse created custom illustrated portraits of each honoree, which will be showcased gallery-style at the luncheon.
“As McDonald’s continues to raise the bar, we wanted this year’s Awards to be another example of that. We are committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve. The 365Black Awards is where we want to continue to recognize outstanding individuals and highlight their positive contributions to the community,” said Angie Blissett, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. To learn more about the Awards, please visit www.365Black.com and follow @365Black on Twitter, using the hashtag #365BlackAwards.