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Star-studded event to be hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress/dancing queen Amber Riley

In celebration of the 13th annual McDonald’s365Black Awards, the company will honor personalities and everyday heroes who make positive contributions to the community. To date, this year’s roster of remarkable honorees include: legendary R&B singer Toni Braxton, NFL athlete Charles Tillman, historian Lonnie Bunch; and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Larry Triplett. Additionally, 13-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, NM and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer of Lawrenceville, GA, will be recognized alongside this lineup with McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award, a category designed for consumers to nominate exceptional teens striving to better their community. Hosted by actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley, the awards show will be held Friday, July 1, 2016, during the 22ndannual ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca Cola®  in New Orleans.

McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald’s 365Black Awards show is known for drawing a number of top celebrity attendees, many of whom will grace the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. Surprise musical performers and presenters will make this highly-anticipated show a not-to-be missed event.

“We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community,” said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “Like our honorees, McDonald’s is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers.”

McDonald’s 365Black Awards launched in 2003 as an extension of the company’s 365Black platform, which celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. The 2016 program is a free, ticketed event. Visit 365Black.com to register for tickets. Those who are unable to attend the live event can still enjoy the show when it airs on BET Networks later this summer. Broadcast time and date to be announced. Follow @365Black on Twitter for updates on the awards show and join the conversation using #365BlackAwards.

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