The gold carpet was rolled out for the stars during Essence Festival weekend at the 12th annual McDonald's 365Black Awards held on Friday (July 3). This empowering event took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This year's show was hosted by KeKe Palmer and Terrence J, the two really did an amazing job keeping the crowd's attention with fun chemistry. In between segments, Comedian Ron G made sure to keep the crowd rolling with laughter. Honoree's included:
Humanitarian Marc Morial, former New Orleans mayor and current Urban Development CEO McDonald's Owner/Operator: Caroline Hunter
Arts and Entertainment Ava DuVernay, Academy Award-nominated director of the film "Selma" Living Legend Dr. Marvin Sapp, Grammy-nominated gospel artist and Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Trailblazer Jeff Johnson, journalist, motivational speaker and political activist
Community Choice Youth Aaron Johnson, 14-year-old filmmaker, author and entrepreneur, and Tori Turner, 16-year-old entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker
Surprise presenters included: Academy Award-winning artist Common, gospel artist Yolanda Adams,comedian Luleen Campbell, and actress Wendy Raquel Robinson. Those in attendance were treated with live performances by B.o.B; an uplifting tribute to Marvin Sapp by artists such as Jonathan McReynolds, Shanice Wilson, Amber Riley, Smokie Norful and Sevyn Streeter; a candlelit tribute to those we lost this year led by Andra Day; a toe taping performance from soul artist Avery Sunshine, and a dynamic closing performance by Jamaican rapper Assassin. We look forward to what's in store for next year's award show! This exclusive has been brought to you by Unrivaled Magazine!