McDonald's 7th Annual 365Black Awards Honor African Americans In Special Way During Essence Music Festival

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Once again, McDonald's rolled out the red carpet during the Essence Music Festival.

This year, the fast food chain hosted its 7th annual 365Black Awards at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 2.

Hosted by syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner and Emmy Award winning talk-show host/actress/comedienne Sherri Shepherd, this year's event honored Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, US Army (Ret); philanthropists Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete; and National Black McDonald's Operators Association CEO Rita Mack, a New-Jersey-based McDonald's owner/operator


Grammy-award diva Regina Belle opened up the morning's festivities with two stirring ballads, while CNN journalist Roland Martin chatted up a few notables on the red carpet during the VIP Reception.

Black Voices contributor Bridget Bland was there too, with exclusive access to McDonald's continued celebration of African American leaders for their contributions to the community.

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2010 365 Black Awards

Singer Chilli

2010 365 Black Awards

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., Actress Victoria Rowell and Al Sharpton

2010 365 Black Awards

Roland Martin and General William E. "Kip" Ward

2010 365 Black Awards

Lt. General Russel Honore

2010 365 Black Awards

Pictured left to right are power couple Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete, along with McDonald's Owner Operator Rita Mack, educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lieutenant General Russel Honore.

2010 365 Black Awards

Rita Mack, Roland Martin, Holly Robinson Peete and Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.

2010 365 Black Awards

Rodney Peete and Holly Robinson Peete, along with McDonald's Owner Operator Rita Mack, educator Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Lieutenant General Russel Honore.

2010 365 Black Awards

Sherri Shepherd and McDonald's AACM Committee Chair Marty Gillis.

2010 365 Black Awards

Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete

2010 365 Black Awards

Regina Belle and NeNe Leakes of 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta'

2010 365 Black Awards

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