*McDonald’s today announced Sherri Shepherd, television co-host of “The View,” will join nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner as a co-host for the 2010 McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

Joyner has hosted the event for the past two years and was himself a recipient of the prestigious award in 2003.

Now in its seventh year, the McDonald’s 365Black Awards program annually recognizes African American leaders for their lifetime achievements and for their contributions to all Americans.

“Anytime you tell me that I can be a part of paying tribute to the accomplishments of African Americans, I want to be there,” said Shepherd. “Being a co-host of the 365Black Awards is a great opportunity for me to be a part of telling these individuals’ stories and I’m proud to be a part of this year’s event.”

Celebrities and dignitaries from across the country will join the duo in paying tribute to the honorees on Friday, July 2, 2010, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The 365Black Awards were launched in 2003 and are an extension of McDonald’s 365Black initiative, created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans yearlong.

McDonald’s outreach under the 365Black platform includes the web site www.365black.com, as well as alliances and supporting events with organizations that provide opportunities for African Americans to succeed.