Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagicToni Braxton and NFL athlete Charles Tillman are among the honorees at the 13th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards.
The ceremony, which salutes outstanding individuals committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community, will take place Friday, July 1st during the 22nd annual Essence Festival in New Orleans.
In addition to Braxton and Tillman, honorees include historian Lonnie Bunch, McDonald’s owner/operator Larry Triplett, and 13-year-old Donovan Smith and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer, who will both be recognized as part of the Community Choice Youth Awards that highlights exceptional teens striving to better their community. The event will be hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley.
“We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community,” McDonald’s U.S. marketing director William Rhodes said in a statement. “Like our honorees, McDonald’s is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers.”
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