Minister Bartlett lauds actress Kerry Washington as a trailblazer in the diaspora at Jamaica Independence Gala
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett has extended an invitation to actress Kerry Washington and her family to come quickly to Jamaica for a family group getaway during her next shoot break. The Minister, who was simply special guest at the Jamaica Independence gala, had high praises for the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated American born actress, who’s of Jamaican descent.
She was honored having an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, held at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New York on Saturday, August 10. While Ms. Washington was struggling to attend personally to simply accept the award, Minister Bartlett conveyed the special invitation to Kerry through her parents and lauded her for the contribution she’s made within the Jamaican Diaspora, which includes helped to propel and promote Jamaica not in america but globally just.
Mr. Bartlett told the gathering that Ms. Washington through her trailblazing artistic endeavors has made a substantial contribution not merely to tourism in Jamaica but by extension brand Jamaica.
In a letter read by her parents, Ms. Washington noted her appreciation for the award and was humbled to possess been considered for the recognition. The organizers were thanked by her, expressing regret that she was struggling to attend personally to simply accept the award, reiterating that “I’M JAMAICAN” to enthusiastic applause.
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Kerry’s career took flight in 2004 when she appeared as Della Bea Robinson, the wife of musician Ray Charles, in the biopic Ray. She won “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005. Washington is most beneficial known on her behalf portrayal of Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama Scandal – which has earned her several Emmy, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe nominations. She actually is also known for portraying lawyer/academic Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO film Confirmation, which she executive produced beneath the banner of her production company Simpson Street. Year last, Washington starred on Broadway in ‘American Son,’ that is now a film to premiere on Netflix in fall of 2019.
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