McDonald's celebrated it's 10th annual 365 Black Awards for the first time ever on a national cable network. The corporation teamed up with BET Networks to air the 2013 365 Black Awards on Sunday, August 25th hosted by Oscar nominee, Taraji P. Henson and included an opening by comedian Jonathan Slocumb. Actress/comedienne Kym Whitley hosted the 'golden' carpet, covering all the celebrity action. The McDonald's 365 Black Awards celebrates outstanding individuals for their inspiration and dedication in the African American community, awards were presented by Dondre Whitfield, Omari Hardwick, LeToya Luckett, KeKe Palmer and more.
Honorees included the 'Empress of Soul' Gladys Knight; revolutionary scholar Dr. Steve Perry and supermodel Beverly Johnson. “From the youngest CEO to ever open the NASDAQ to a stellar songstress, McDonald’s is proud to recognize this year’s recipients for positively shaping our communities each day,” said Rob Jackson, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “We are excited to share this historic ceremony with the consumers whose lives are impacted by the work of our honorees.” In addition to the high profile celebrities in attendance, the awards ceremony spotlighted community leaders that go otherwise unnoticed by the media. Teen entrepreneur Leanna Archer is making history as CEO of her natural hair care line. Another young philanthropist that received an award is Charles Orgbon III, who is making strides to save the environment and inspire young people to be leaders. Roland Parrish, owner/operator of McDonald's franchise and Kenny Williams the EVP of Chicago White Sox were also honored at the event.
This years awards show had performances by Jordin Sparks, Estelle, Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone. The 365 Black Awards was established in 2003 and honor community leaders in Arts & Entertainment, Business, Education, Sports, Influential Youth and Lifetime Achievement.