McDonald’s 365Black, a site dedicated to increasing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for African Americans, prides itself on celebrating growth in black communities all year round.

365Black continued that celebration last week at the 2012 McDonald’s 365Black Awards.

Taking place this year in New Orleans, the 365Black Awards honors the achievements and charitable contributions of African-Americans to the community. Both notable and everyday people were among the honorees this year.

GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer Tamia, and her husband, NBA player Grant Hill, were honored for starting the Grant and Tamia Hill Foundation. The non-profit organization provides donations to charities, churches, and scholarships.

Other honorees include GRAMMY award-winning singer Chaka Khan, founder of the Chaka Khan Foundation, child activist Mary-Pat Hector, and best-selling author and humanitarian Bishop T.D. Jakes.

One honoree, Tony Hansberry II, was recognized for his innovative contribution to the medical field, which he did while in high school. Hansberry created a surgical method that helps reduce the risk of infection in women after a hysterectomy, a procedure where the uterus is removed.