Gladys Knight, Beverly Johnson, Dr. Steve Perry Among Those Honored at 10th Annual McDonald's® 365Black® Awards in New

 Gladys Knight, Beverly Johnson, Dr. Steve Perry Among Those Honored at 10th
              Annual McDonald's® 365Black® Awards in New Orleans

PR Newswire

NEW ORLEANS, July 7, 2013

Recording artists Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone pay tribute to recipients for
to strengthening communities

NEW ORLEANS, 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 365Black Awards. The awards are given annually to salute
outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions
that strengthen the African-American community. The 10^th annual awards
honored legendary 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.

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"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."

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 ESSENCE Festival™

Prior to the ceremony, actress/comedian Kym Whitley covered the celebrity
action from the "golden" carpet. Comedian Jonathan Slocumb opened the show
and got the crowd in the mood for musical stylings of recording artists Erica
Campbell, Estelle, Angie Stone, Jordin Sparks and Yolanda Adams. Actors Jay
Ellis and Omari Hardwick, actress Robinne Lee, singer/songwriter LeToya
Luckett and actress/singer Brandy, 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 Rob Jackson, 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, at 10 p.m. Central.

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