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McDonalds hosted its 9th Annual 365 Awards Ceremony at New Orleans’ Mahalia Theater July 6th. Created to honor Black Americans who’ve positively impacted their communities, the event featured a who’s who of politicians, actors, musicians, athletes and actors, such as recording legend Chaka Khan, noted for her foundation educating women and children; Tony Hansberry, the teenage medical prodigy whose work has helped reduce recovery time from hysterectomies; and power couple Tina and Harold Lewis, who own a chain of McDonald’s franchises and have dedicated their lives to community service.

“I commend McDonalds’s for their ongoing efforts to make community service a priority,” said Khan, who sang her greatest hits at the night’s end. “Helping others and giving back are critical components to making our community stronger.” The 365 Awards also featured a litany of guests, including R&B singer Tank, rapper/entertainer Doug E. Fresh, and Grammy-nominated singer Melanie Fiona, who shared their musical gifts to pay homage to the recipients.

The “365” concept behind the show is to honor African-American extrodinares beyond the 28 days of Black History Month each February.

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