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YBF Celebs Hit The 365 Black Awards During The 2013 Essence Festival

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A few fab folks of the YBF world made their way to McDonald's 10th annual 365 Black Awards at the New Orleans Convention Center Saturday morning.  TheYBF.com was on the scene and we've got the pics and what went down inside.... *Updated with video of celebs hiting the golden carpet video*


Gorgeous gals LeToya Luckett, in a colorful Catherine Malandrino dress, & Brandy snapped a pic with honoree of the event, Gladys Knight, as they hit the red carpet.  And you'll get to see everybody on your TVs soon as BET will be airing the awards this year on Sunday, August 25, at 10 p.m. CST.

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Taraji P. Henson was there fresh off wrapping Think Like A Man 2 in Vegas.  The fab chick rocked a green ribbed dress with Jimmy Choo "Lance" neon yellow patent-leather sandals.

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These shoes are HOT.


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Brandy kept it flirty in a simple white dress and red pumps.


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Tatyana Ali, rocking a Pia Pauro dress, & "Being Mary Jane" actor Omari Hardwick hit the carpet looking fab.

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Jordin Sparks was there to open the show with a marching band....true New Orleans style.

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The fab Kym Whitley played red carpet host and interviewed celebs upon arrival.


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Well, Derek J.'s suit is tailored and well fitting.  Not tighty whiteys here....anymore.


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And Kym also caught up with husband & wife actor duo Dondre Whitfield & Salli Richardson-Whitfield.  How sexy are they still...

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The still gorgeous Beverly Johnson was there to receive an award presented to her by Tatyana Ali.

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"R&B Divas" star Angie Stone showed up in a flattering blue ruched dress.

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Estelle and her side ombre pony kept it colorful in this printed maxi dress as she performed at the Awards.

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Brandy presented Gladys Knight with an award for her outstanding individuals who are committed to making positive contributions that strengthen the African-American community.

She told the crowd: "It is an honor to be recognized alongside these remarkable individuals.  By lending a hand to others, we can all help create environments of strength and compassion that enrich our neighborhoods, regardless of who we are or where we live."

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And for Gladys' tribute, Deborah Cox, Yolanda Adams and Angie Stone tore it down....like only they could.

Other honorees of the 365 Black Awards: Education leader Dr. Steve Perry; executive vice president of the Chicago White Sox Kenny Williams; McDonald's owner/operator Roland Parrish; teen entrepreneur Leanna Archer; and youth environmentalist Charles Orgbon.

Now, you can check out some video footage of the YBFers hitting the golden carpet:

Follow us on Twitter @TheYBF to get all up to the minute LIVE updates straight from Essence Fest!

Photos: Soul Brother for Burrell/McDonalds, Getty, TheYBF.com, Chris Mitchell/CME 3000


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omg....i'm lost...what award

omg....i'm lost...what award show is this sunshinescloset
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Angie needs to find a

Angie needs to find a classier pose since she's so 'first class' *rolling eyes. Poor Estelle just can't get it right. Not sure what Brandy is doing to her hair but it's not a good look. LeToya is stunning as always and loving Taraji, she don't be playing in the gym I see. FAB! Still not over Omari Hardwick and his tired white wife. SMH.
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Taraj finally looks fresh &

Taraj finally looks fresh & competley pulled together including the hair which is Not always the case. fillers/botox?..Maybe
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Brandy is killing me with

Brandy is killing me with those lace fronts. Taraji is so beautiful. How many other Black women on the red carpet are rocking their real hair? *crickets* As for Latoya from Destiny's Child, she is one of the most consistently beautiful women to ever walk the red carpets. Unlike a lot of the other women, she's figured out what works for her and stuck with it. I think she's Gabrielle Union status at this point (as far as looks -- not sure about her career)
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Everyone looked great, if you

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Dondre & Sally Whitfield

Dondre & Sally Whitfield really are one of the most beautiful couples I've ever seen. I haven't seen much of either of them lately. But even if the work isn't coming in consistently, who cares when you know you're coming home to THAT every night. Oh and everyone else looks nice too.
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LeToya looks like a black

LeToya looks like a black Barbie in that first pic. Very pretty. Gladys Knight, Taraji & Jordin Sparks look great. Luv Brandy but not her outfit...Omari Hardwick is FIIIIIIIINE! That's the best Kym Whitley has ever looked...I see Angie Stone hid a nice shape under all that weight. She looks good and so does Deb Cox. And yes The Whitfields are still a HOT couple. True YBF story.

WAY too many award

WAY too many award shows...stop smelling yourselves
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Now this is a FAB post

Now this is a FAB post
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