As if Essence Festival 2018 wasn’t already epic, McDonald’s also showcased some black girls that rock at their 15th 365Black Awards.
The annual event, held in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival™ presented by Coca-Cola®, went down at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans on Sunday, July 8, 2018.
Actress Essence Atkins returned to MC this years awards ceremony which recognized popular Political Commentator Symone Sanders, renown actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant and next generation McDonald’s Owner/Operator Monique Vann-Brown. Additionally, college philanthropist Tishauna Wilson was recognized alongside this lineup to receive a $10,000 McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship, facilitated by Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Also in attendance was R&B singer Dave Hollister who gave a dynamic performance during the awards.
Presenters included actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery, actor Larenz Tate, actress Bresha Webb, media personality Tai Beauchamp and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Tanya Holliday. Award-winning gospel artists Fred Hammond and JJ Hairston also made appearances.
TV personality and model Cynthia Bailey brought her large social media following along to the event, posting live from the ceremony.
Other celebrity attendees included actor Lance Gross, award-winning talk show host, Loni Love and R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn, among others.