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McDonald’s 365 Black Awards gold carpet during Essence Festival

Tika Sumpter

Tika Sumpter

Mc Donald’s 365 Black Awards Show was held this past weekend during the 20th Essence Festival in New OrleansThe golden carpet was hosted by TV personality Janelle Snowden. This star-studded event featured performances and celebrities in honor of the outstanding individuals who make valuable contributions to the African American community. Hosted by Terrence Jenkins, who looked dashing in a tuxedo and Tika Sumpter, who wore an all-white dress and rocked an adorable pixie cut.

Kevin Lyles spoke to us saying, “That first off we are celebrating 20 years at Essence and the 365 Awards have been a mainstay hear. What I love about the ‘arches’ is what I call them, they are on every corner in America and they have done a tremendous job to employ people. I use to work at Mc Donald’s a long time ago and I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to come here and celebrate with my family.”

Many Mc Donald’s CEO’s and private owner and operators along with a movie producer, Will Packer, motivational speaker, Iyanla Vanzant and more walked the golden carpet. Check them out in the gallery. joi pearson @joiapearson

Photos by Joi Pearson Photography