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.
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.
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.
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.