Tamela Mann, CeCe Winans, Erica Campbell, James Fortune, Kierra Sheard and more were spotted this weekend during the Essence Festival in New Orleans.
Kierra Sheard poses with Tamela Mann and Erica Campbell, who joined Kierra on stage for a rendition of “God In Me”
Erica honored living legend Cissy Houston during the McDonalds 365 Black Awards show during Essence.
This year’s program was scaled back and is not being shown on national cable network Black Entertainment Television as has occurred in previous years. The ceremony and luncheon was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New Orleans and included performances by singers Kelly Price, CeCe Winans and Jekalyn Carr who paid tribute to Cissy Houston.
Jekalyn Carr and CeCe Winans take a quick pic together during Cissy Houston’s honor.
Jekalyn Carr and the legendary Cissy Houston.
McDonald’s 365Black Awards show, held annually at the Essence Festival, also honored actress Tichina Arnold and Olympic gold-medalist Sanya Richards-Ross among others on Sunday as part of a program that each year salutes individuals committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.
Today's #mcdonalds365blackawards theme was the Power of Inspiration and we were the first class of all women! Moments like these are so important in our community because representation matters….. we become what we see and what we believe! I'm grateful for amazing women that have inspired me on my journey and only pray to do the same for others….. #EssenceFest @madukessharon #MichelleObama #Oprah #MayaAngelou #blackgirlmagic #ChasingGrace
This year’s honorees also included Valeisha Butterfield Jones, head of black community engagement for Google and the co-founder and CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network,.
Gospel artist James Fortune and Sir The Baptist.
David and Tamela Mann, posing it up with Anthony Brown and Erica Campbell.
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