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The 13th Annual McDonald’s 365Black Awards, an annual star-studded award ceremony honoring personalities and everyday heroes who’ve made positive contributions to the community, will honor Grammy Award winning singer Toni Braxton among others at the New Orleans hosted event.

The event, hosted by Sleepy Hollow actor Lance Gross and former Glee star Amber Riley, will also honor former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, historian Lonnie Bunch and McDonald’s Owner/Operator Larry Triplett.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman wins the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 01: Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman wins the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at the 3rd Annual NFL Honors at Radio City Music Hall on February 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

“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.”

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Launched in 2003 as the signature program of the McDonald’s® 365Black® initiative, this annual program was created to celebrate the pride, heritage and achievements of African Americans all year long.

The 365Black Awards will take place on Friday, July 1 at Essence Festival opening day in NOLA.

The ceremony will air on BET Networks at a later date.

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