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Each year, McDonald’s 365Black Awards honors celebrities, entertainers, and citizens who do good work in their respective communities. This year for its 13th annual affair, the 365Black Awards will salute R&B Toni Braxton and NFL player Charles Tillman among others.

Along with the aforementioned Braxton and TIllman, founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture Lonnie Bunch, and McDonald’s owner/operator Larry Triplett are among the others to receive awards. Two teenagers, 13-year-old Donovan Smith of Albuquerque, N.M., and 16-year-old Lauren Seroyer of Lawrenceville, Ga., will be awarded McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice Youth Award.

More from a press release:

McDonald’s 365Black Awards are given annually to salute outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community. McDonald’s 365Black Awards show is known for drawing a number of top celebrity attendees, many of whom will grace the signature gold carpet prior to the ceremony. Surprise musical performers and presenters will make this highly-anticipated show a not-to-be missed event.

“We are excited to recognize these outstanding individuals for their incomparable contributions to the community,” said William Rhodes, McDonald’s U.S. marketing director. “Like our honorees, McDonald’s is committed to being deeply rooted in the communities we serve 365 days a year. We strive to continually create positive platforms, such as the 365Black Awards, that bring social awareness to areas that are important to our customers.”

Actor Lance Gross and actress Amber Riley will host the event. The awards program will take place on Friday, July 1 during the 22nd annual ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans.

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