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McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour

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The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour Makes It a December to Remember with an Inspirational Show Featuring Award-Winning Gospel Artists to Ring in the Holiday Season

On Sunday, December 12 at 8 p.m. ET, McDonald’s USA will deliver the gift of music to McDonald’s fans through its Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Holiday Experience. In partnership with BET, award-winning and emerging gospel artists including Yolanda Adams, Kurt Carr, James Fortune, The Walls Group, and Brian Courtney Wilson, and BET’s Sunday Best winner Stephanie Summers, will grace the virtual stage to ring in the season with some of their chart-topping hits and holiday carols and gospel music many love.

Show performers will come together to premiere “Christmas Spirit,” a feel-good song written and produced by chart-topping gospel artist, Sir the Baptist. Written exclusively for this Holiday Experience, the tune merges traditional gospel music with contemporary hip-hop sounds.

This special holiday concert continues the long-standing Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour tradition of supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC®) and its mission to improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Because ’tis the season, virtual concert-goers can donate to RHMC live at RMHC.org/ICGT2021.  Since 2012, the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour has raised more than $1M to help families with ill or injured children stay close when they need it most.

“The holidays are such a special time. But as much as it’s a time for celebration, it’s a time to reflect and give back to others around us,” said Yolanda Adams, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. “I am proud to join this talented group of artists to usher in the holiday spirit for gospel fans nationwide while supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities families.”

Merging family and ministry, The Walls Group brings their powerful melodies and harmonies to the McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration® Gospel Tour Holiday Experience.

Fans can stream the show on BET’s YouTube Channel. Ahead of the show, they can also experience a virtual red carpet hosted by social media comedian @NotKarltonBanks who will perform lively skits, host spirited interviews with tour artists, and give viewers a peek behind the scenes of the holiday show. Multi-award-winning musician and syndicated radio personality Lonnie Hunter will host the show.

“We are thrilled to bring back our holiday show as a celebration of this joyous season and what it means to the communities we serve,” said Harry Smith, Indiana McDonald’s Owner/Operator and Chair of the Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour.  “While McDonald’s and its Owner/Operators are committed to helping communities throughout the year, we are especially honored to help RMHC families through this special show that is a treat for all who love gospel music and holiday cheer.”

The McDonald’s Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Holiday Experience is the fifth and final stop of the annual tour that is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. Launched in September during Gospel Music Heritage Month, this longstanding event feeds and fosters community through the deeply rooted tradition of gospel music. The 2021 virtual tour and concert series featured talented gospel performers representing the Gulf Coast, West Coast, Carolinas, the DMV, and Houston.

Visit www.blackandpositivelygolden.com for streaming information and additional holiday show details, and follow @WeAreGolden on Instagram for future tour updates.

About McDonald’s USA Community Efforts

The McDonald’s 15th Annual Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour is just one of many company initiatives created to connect with the communities McDonald’s serves. These efforts include webinars such as Classroom Convos, which focus on topics currently impacting Asian and Pacific Islander American students; the HACER® Education Tour, which provides information to navigate the college application process; the Black & Positively Golden Mentors Program, which pairs industry leaders with up-and-coming changemakers in the same fields; support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s diplomas2Degrees program which familiarizes teens with post-secondary education opportunities; and the Archways to Opportunity program for restaurant crew which provides educational resources to eligible employees at participating U.S. restaurants. Together, with its Owner/Operators, McDonald’s is feeding and fostering the communities it serves.

About McDonald’s USA

McDonald’s serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Ninety-five percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Instagram at @WeAreGolden and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds. To learn more about the Black & Positively Golden initiative, visit www.mcdonalds.com

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 260 Chapters in more than 62 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family- centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org. Follow RMHC on TwitterFacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

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Crown Royal Aged 18 Years Honors Chopped & Screwed Music and the Icons That Keep The Houston Community Thriving

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Crown Royal Aged 18 Years continues to redefine what luxury means with a celebration that honors the Chopped & Screwed legends who’ve paved the way for the future changemakers in the Houston community and new musical royalty across the globe.

Tonight, on DJ Screw Day, the anniversary of the iconic mixtape that started the Houston-born Chopped & Screwed genre, the award-winning whisky brand will host an extra rare night of music, art and culture. With curated music from OG Ron C of the Chopstars and Dr. Anne Lundy, the first African American woman to conduct the Houston Symphony, guests will experience a fusion of old and new luxury.

“I’m so grateful to have found a partner in Crown Royal 18, who truly understands what bringing together so many key players of the culture means. Honoring such an extra rare expression of music means so much to my community,” shares Chopstar, producer and DJ OG Ron C. “This partnership is not only about how I express myself through the slow, artfully curated process of making a track, but also about celebrating the real within the Houston community and beyond that truly embodies this journey that I and many of my peers have embarked on.”

Crown Royal 18 Year Old will prepare a royal stage for the Chopped and Screwed sound to be celebrated – mixing iconic hip hop tracks with live orchestration, spoken word and dance – for a one-of-a-kind performance that the distinctive music genre deserves.

“The contributions of Chopped & Screwed music have provided a platform for Houstonians to connect and express themselves through the arts,” says Nicky Heckles, Vice President of Crown Royal. “We are thrilled to bring together such influential leaders in the community for this extra rare evening to celebrate all the amazing work they have achieved and their positive impact on past and future generations.”

Those unable to join the performance in person will be able to experience the vibes of the unforgettable evening wherever they are by downloading the ‘Extra Rare: Chopped & Screwed‘ playlist curated personally by OG Ron C. Over the next 18 days, each stream and download of the Spotify playlist will provide a donation on behalf of Crown Royal 18 Year Old to the Community Music Center of Houston (CMCH), a non-profit that preserves black music traditions especially those to which the community is seldom exposed and are being lost, to keep the extra rare essence of the Houston community thriving.*

“I am honored to be a part of this momentous occasion and to have the Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra with me. I founded the orchestra to create opportunities for the Black community to perform together and showcase Black excellence in Houston,” Dr. Anne Lundy, CMCH Music Director, Conductor, Violinist, Educator and Ethno-musicologist explains. “The extra rare essence of every community deserves to be put on a stage and this partnership with Crown Royal 18 Year Old helps me continue with my mission of honoring and uplifting the next generation of musicians.”

Crown Royal has been a long standing supporter of the Texas community. In addition to its spotlight on the Houston community and Chopped & Screwed icons, the whisky brand recently celebrated the Black rodeo community in Fort Worth, Texas with an inaugural Juneteenth procession ride in celebration of the holiday and the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo.

Crown Royal invites everyone 21+ to toast to the artist communities. Please remember to drink responsibly.

*Each stream, like and download within the 18 day period (June 27th – July 15th) will unlock a $1 donation up to $25,000.

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2nd Annual Crown Awards – National Crown Day Weekend

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ISSA RAE, TABITHA BROWN, MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL, KYM WHITLEY, MARC MORIAL, MICKEY GUYTON AND MORE TO BE HONORED AT THE 2nd ANNUAL “CROWN AWARDS” DURING NATIONAL CROWN DAY WEEKEND IN NEW ORLEANS JULY 1 – 3, 2022

Dove announced the talent line-up for National CROWN Day’s weekend celebration.  Since 2018, Dove along with the CROWN Coalition have championed the CROWN Act; a tremendous and active movement, resulting in 17 states officially enacting the CROWN Act legislation into law, U.S. (United States) Virgin Islands, first U.S. territory to make hair discrimination illegal; grown the CROWN Coalition from 4 members to 90+ and secured over 400K petition signatures.  Now, it’s time to celebrate Black Hair Independence!

Hosted by Emmy Award winning journalist and community activist Tashara Parker, this year’s awards will celebrate these achievements and honor Black women and girls who have significantly shaped the beauty landscape at the 2nd Annual “CROWN AWARDS” taking place Sunday, July 3, 2022.

National CROWN Day is gearing up to be an incredible, star-studded event this year.  The following talent has been confirmed for National CROWN Day weekend:

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  • Esi Eggleston Bracey, CEO, Unilever North America Personal Care and President of Unilever USA, “Wealth & Power Stage” Panelist
  • Dre Brown, Dove Self-Esteem Project Educator, “Wealth & Power Stage” Panelist
  • Tabitha Brown, actor and entrepreneur, “Wealth & Power Stage” Panelist

“CROWN AWARDS” presenters, honorees, and special guests:

  • Karma Bridges, actor and entrepreneur, “Karma’s World”
  • Novi Brown, actor, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” – BET
  • Tabitha Brown, actor and entrepreneur
  • New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell
  • Michaela Angela Davis, author and activist
  • Faith Fennidy, student activist
  • Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Mickey Guyton, country music starlet
  • Alaya “Lay Lay” High, rapper and actress, “That Girl Lay Lay” – Nickelodeon
  • Tina Lifford, author and actor, “Queen Sugar” – OWN
  • Marc Morial, President, National Urban League
  • Ebony Obsidian, actor, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” – BET
  • Tashara Parker, Emmy Award Winning Journalist/ Community activist | “CROWN Awards” host
  • Issa Rae, producer, writer, director, actor and entrepreneur
  • Crystal Renee, actor, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” – BET
  • The Shindellas, Female Vocal Group – Disney
  • KJ Smith, actor, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” – BET
  • Mignon Von, actor, “Tyler Perry’s Sistas” – BET
  • Kym Whitley, actor and comedian, “Two Funny Mamas”

JOY Collective will once again produce this year’s “CROWN Awards.”

Media interested in media credentials for the various events in New Orleans, should contact Yulisa Sanchez, yulisa@joycollective.com.

About The CROWN Coalition  
The CROWN Coalition is the official national supporter of the CROWN Act movement; an alliance founded by DoveNational Urban LeagueWestern Center on Law & Poverty and Color Of Change, along with 100+ CROWN Act supporting organizations. The CROWN Act movement is led by a team of Black women: Esi Eggleston Bracey (CEO of Unilever North America Personal Care), JOY Collective Agency leaders Kelli Richardson Lawson and Orlena Nwokah Blanchard (CEO and President), and ABA Consulting CEO, Adjoa B. Asamoah working with a village of Black leaders and the community who share a desire to end discrimination.

On March 18, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the CROWN Act, and if a companion bill passes in the Senate, it would make hair discrimination based on the texture of natural hair illegal under Titles VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act, and other Federal civil rights laws.  The CROWN Act and laws inspired by the CROWN Act have been enacted in 17 states: California (2019), New York (2019), New Jersey (2019), Virginia (2020), Colorado (2020), Washington (2020), Maryland (2020), Connecticut (2021), Delaware (2021), New Mexico* (2021), Nebraska* (2021), Nevada (2021), Oregon* (2021), Illinois* (2021), Maine (2022), Tennessee* (2022), and Louisiana (2022). Three additional bills are awaiting governor’s signature in Alaska, Illinois* and Massachusetts.  In 2021, Illinois original bill, Senate Bill 3616 was a protection for schools ONLY; the new amendment to SB3616 would add the protection of workplaces as well.
*Legislation inspired by the CROWN ACT

Dove has also expanded its work to incorporate diversity in swimming, ensuring an end to hair discrimination in the workplace, schools, and pools. The CROWN Coalition members believe diversity and inclusion are key drivers of success across all industries and sectors. For a full list of CROWN Coalition members and Dove research studies that quantify the issue of hair discrimination, visit www.thecrownact.com

Dove.com/CROWN and theCROWNAct.com

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President Biden Proclaims Black Music Month

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as Black Music Appreciation Month.

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     Music has the power to lift our spirits, comfort our souls, and inspire our hearts.  It gives a voice to the human spirit, creating a common language that unites people and breaks down barriers.  Perhaps no music has had as profound and powerful an impact in shaping America’s musical score as Black music.  Intricately woven into the tapestry of our Nation, Black music enriches our lives and pushes the boundaries of creativity.  Throughout the decades and across the country, Black music has fueled a myriad of genres — from rhythm and blues to jazz, gospel, country, rap and more.  This month, we celebrate the extraordinary legacy of Black music on American culture and recognize the indelible impact it continues to have on the world. 

     For generations, Black music has conveyed the hopes and struggles of a resilient people — spirituals mourning the original sin of slavery and later heralding freedom from bondage, hard truths told through jazz and the sounds of Motown during the Civil Rights movement, and hip-hop and rhythm and blues that remind us of the work that still lies ahead.  The music created by Black artists continues to influence musicians of all persuasions, entertain people of all backgrounds, and shape the story of our Nation.

     During Black Music Appreciation Month, we honor Black musicians, singers, and contributors to the music industry — past and present — whose innovative talents unite us in joy as much as in sorrow and healing.  We pay homage to the musical legends whose artistic expressions help build community, generate empathy, and foster a sense of shared identity.  And we celebrate Black artists who have used their songs to stand up to injustice, fight for equality, and reflect a mirror on society — reminding us all of our enduring obligation to deliver the promise of America for all Americans.

     NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as Black Music Appreciation Month.  I call upon public officials, educators, and all the people of the United States to observe this month by honoring Black Musicians and raising awareness and appreciation of Black music.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-sixth.

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