With so many negative headlines about or involving people of color filling our timelines, it’s great we can shine a spotlight on those who are making a positive impact on our community. For the past 12 years, that’s exactly what McDonald’s 365Black Awards have done and this year was no different.
Held in New Orleans, LA, the 365Black Awards, airing Sunday, August 30th at 11 AM EST on BET, will celebrate the black excellence of notable celebrities as well as exceptional everyday people. Hosted by E! News co-anchor and actor Terrence J and actress/singer Keke Palmer for the second year in a row, the ceremony will have a star-studded audience and lineup of performers, which included B.o.B, Andra Day, Avery Sunshine, Smokie Norful, Sevyn Streeter, Jonathan McReynolds, Shanice Wilson and Amber Riley among others.
The true stars of the evening, however, remained the honorees, whose trailblazing work serves as a prime example of what black excellence is. Here’s a brief rundown of who won and why. For those who missed the festivities last weekend, be sure to watch the second airing this Sunday, August 30 at 11 AM EST on BET or 10PM EST on CENTRIC.