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The 2014 365Black Awards:
The Best Show Yet

McDonald’s, Celebrities & VIP’s together celebrate African American achievement

This year’s award show was the best yet! We celebrated, we sang, we danced, we laughed, we tweeted. And with the national TV broadcast on BET®—for the second consecutive year—more people joined in on the celebration. Hosted by national television correspondent/actor Terrence ‘J’ Jenkins and leading actress Tika Sumpter, the program aired on Sunday, August 10 at 10 pm EDT.

2014 365Black Awards: Celebration Videos

The celebration came with lights, cameras, and a lot of action. Take a look!

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The 11th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards show, held live in New Orleans, was an occasion worth celebrating. And celebrating in a big way! Some of today’s most-accomplished people in the community were honored at the entertainment-packed show.

For the main event, McDonald’s tapped esteemed individuals—national news correspondent Soledad O’Brien, entertainer and actress Michelle Williams, and film director/producer Warrington Hudlin, just to name a few—to present the awards to this year’s honorees. With warm welcomes from the audience, McDonald’s honored: civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, music executive and entrepreneur Kevin Liles, and film producer Will Packer. They didn’t stop there; McDonald’s also honored inspirational leader Iyanla Vanzant, former NFL athlete Dhani Jones, and McDonald’s owner/operator Henry Coaxum.

2014 365Black Awards: Honorees Announcement

See whom McDonald’s honored at the star-studded celebration.

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For the first time for the award show, McDonald’s took to the community to nominate the first-ever McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award. McDonald’s honored young artist Skyler Grey and budding entrepreneur Gabrielle Jordan Williams.

2014 365Black Awards Youth Honorees

McDonald’s honors young leaders in the community with the help of a public vote.

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Increasingly known for eclectic performances, the show definitely lived up to the hype, featuring musical acts KEM, Ledisi, Tank, Kim Burrell, Leela James, Lady Caress, and Mali Music. To add more fun, the hilarious comedian Jonathon Slocumb came through to sprinkle a few laughs throughout the night.

There you have it, the honorees, performers and the excitement of the 11th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards. It was a beautiful time.

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Though this event is only one day, let’s celebrate these honorees all year long by sharing the celebration and stirring the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #365BlackAwards. And be sure to follow @McDScene.