McDonald’s has announced its list of honorees for the 2012 McDonald’s 365Black Awards. Honorees this year include award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan, best-selling inspirational author/entrepreneur Bishop T.D. Jakes, R&B singer/songwriter Tamia and professional NBA basketball player, Grant Hill.
Bishop TD Jakes (photo by Photo by Cooper Neill)
This year marks the ninth year for the annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards which was launched in 2003 to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year-round. They are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.
Mary Mary (photo by Royalty Image)
“This year’s 365Black Award honorees showcase an incredible range of talent, intellect and leadership,” said Rob Jackson, U.S. marketing director, McDonald’s USA. “From a high school student blazing new paths in medical technology to a legendary spiritual leader who motivates millions of people every day, McDonald’s is proud to honor and recognize all 2012 recipients for their extraordinary contributions that positively impact communities across America and the world, 365 days a year.”
Tamia with Kenny Lattimore (photo by Royalty Image)
Taking place for the first-time ever at the historic Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans on July 6, the event will feature an all-star line-up of celebrity appearances and musical performances from leading artists, including gospel sensations Fred Hammond and Mary Mary. Prior to the ceremony, journalist Roland Martin will cover the celebrity action from the red carpet.