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Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph honored for advocacy by McDonald's

By CHEVEL JOHNSON
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Actress, singer and producer Sheryl Lee Ralph is a triple threat in the entertainment industry but was honored during this weekend's Essence Festival for something entirely different - her activism.

Ralph was honored Sunday as part of McDonald's 365Black Awards, receiving the program's advocacy award for her work fighting against HIV/AIDS. She was among a group of women recognized for their roles in various areas. CNN political commentator Symone Sanders received the Game Changer award, while Monique Vann-Brown, who owns seven McDonald's franchises in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, received the Business Trailblazer Award.

Ralph says she's thankful that her work - and that of the not-for-profit she founded, The DIVA Foundation - fighting against such a deadly disease is being recognized.

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