On July 3rd, the biggest entertainers, community leaders, and national influencers flocked to the New Orleans Theater to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans. E! News co-anchor and actor Terrence J returned to co-host the star-studded event for the second year in a row alongside film, TV, and Broadway star, Keke Palmer.
Among those honored during the stellar event was director of the Academy Award-nominated film Selma, Ava DuVernay, who was presented the Arts & Entertainment Award by Grammy Award-winning artist and Selma co-star Common and actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Additionally, The Game’s Wendy Raquel Robinson and actor Lance Gross were on hand to present the Humanitarian award to former New Orleans mayor and National Urban League’s president and CEO, Marc E. Morial. Also honored was award-winning journalist and motivational speaker Jeff Johnson as the Trailblazer Award recipient and South Carolina’s Carolyn Hunter, who was the 2015 McDonald’s Owner/Operator honoree. Other celebrity appearances during the show include gospel singer Yolanda Adams, actor Dondre Whitfield, and Black-ish stars Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner.
Only in its second year, the McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Awards honored two outstanding young adults who are dedicated to making a difference in their communities. New Orleans native and entrepreneur Tori Turner, and filmmaker and author Aaron Johnson were the 2015 recipients and will receive $10,000 scholarships for continued education.
Keeping the audience entertained were performances from B.o.B, Andra Day, Avery Sunshine, and Assassin, and a soulful tribute to gospel singer and Living Legend award recipient Pastor Marvin Sapp featuring Smokie Norful, Sevyn Streeter, Jonathan McReynolds, Shanice Wilson, and Amber Riley.
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