taraji p henson (365 host)

Taraji P. Henson hosts the 10th annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards

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Beverl;y Johnson accepting her 365Black award

*EURweb associate Tene’ Croom is at the Essence Festival in New Orleans and she sent photos of yesterday’s McDonald’s premiere event, the 365Black Awards.

The awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.

This year’s honorees include: legendary singer Gladys Knight, known as the “Empress of Soul,” supermodel Beverly Johnson, executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams and environmentalist Charles Orgbon.

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 tenth annual presentation was hosted by hot actress Taraji P. Henson and will air on BET sometime in August.

Check out snaps above and below from what they called the “golden” carpet and from Taraji hosting and Beverly Johnson accepting her award.

brandy (365 yellow carpet)

Brandy was on the McDonald’s ‘yellow’ carpet

letoya luckett & gladys knight (365 yc)

ay hello to LeToya Luckett & Gladys Knight

derek j (365 yc)

Derek J was there

taraji (365 yellow carpet)

Taraji P. Henson on the carpet prior to hosting the show

beverly johnson (365 yc)

Beverly Johnson