365 Black Awards :: We Ask Celebs, “How Do You Stay Healthy?” #EssenceFest

Celebs and Honorees stepped out for the 365 Black Awards during Essence Festival. I asked some of my favorite women how they stay healthy. Watch the video!

Here are some shots of all the beautiful faces I saw on the red carpet.

Me on the red carpet

365_Michelle_EbanksMichelle EBanks, President, ESSENCE Communications Inc.

honoree1One of the honorees – Leanna Archer, Teen CEO of Leanna’s Inc.

At age 9, she became the CEO of her own hair-product line, Leanna’s Inc. With her great-grandmother’s secret recipe, she bottled, packaged and sold the hair products that have been in her family for generations. Today, at age 17, Archer runs a successful enterprise with more than $500,000 in annual revenue.

In 2008, she founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for underprivileged children in Haiti. Archer’s goal is to build schools in Haiti, while providing a safe learning environment for students. Janet Jackson will accompany her on an upcoming trip to Haiti.

honoree2One of the honorees – Charles Orgbon III, CEO and Founder of Greening Forward
Be on the lookout for Charles in the coming weeks on YGL.

Charles Orgbon III is a student at Mill Creek High School in Dacula, Georgia and the CEO and Founder of Greening Forward, an organization that establishes, engages and empowers a diverse global environmental movement powered by young people.

At age 12, Orgbon noticed his school’s littering problem and started a student club to take charge of school beautification projects. Orgbon and his peers integrated environmental education into the school curriculum, planted school gardens, started a composting program and led recycling initiatives. He now leads a team of 30 to help other young people be a part of the world’s environmental solution.

beverlyAnother honoree, Beverly Johnson

Legendary Supermodel Beverly Johnson was the first African American woman to grace the cover of Vogue magazine. Johnson’s remarkable career, which spans three decades, is a showcase of accomplishment: from model to mom to actress, author, activist, businesswoman, TV personality and—finally—a Global Icon. As a model in the 1970s, 80s, 90s and the 2000s Johnson appeared on more than 500 magazine covers from Vogue, Glamour and Cosmopolitan to Essence, Ebony and French Elle. A model-mogul in the health, beauty and fashion industries, Johnson has recently launched a hair care and beauty product line at Target and a full line of The Beverly Johnson Luxurious Life Style Brand products at the new Frederick’s of Hollywood.

gladysbrandyLatoya Luckett, Gladys Knight, Brandy Norwood

tarajActress Taraji P. Henson

jayellisWith Actor Jay Ellis

The 365 Black Awards will broadcast on BET, Aug 25, 2013 11pm EST/10pm CST. For more about the honorees and the award show, visit 365 Black Awards. #365BlackAwards



YGL staff