Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated African American actress, Kerry Washington, will be conferred with an artistic achievement award at Jamaica’s 57th independence black tie gala. The event is set to hold at Hilton Westchester hotel, Rye, New York, on the 10th of August.
Washington, a native of Bronx, New York City, is the daughter of Valerie, an educational consultant and professor. Her father’s family has African American origin, having migrated from South Carolina to Brooklyn. Washington said that her mother is from a mixed-race background but has Jamaican root. Apparently, this makes her a Native American with African blood.
Speaking on the nomination, the event chairman/producer Sephron Mair said, “Kerry is an outstanding director and actress. She is also an activist who has consistently leveraged on her platform to advocate for the arts, as she did in 2007 when she testified before congress.”
According to information received, Washington has won the outstanding actress in a motion picture award for ray at the NAACP image awards in 2005.
She received numerous Emmy, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe nominations for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in the ABC TV drama scandal. Thereafter, she was produced under the banner of her production company, Simpson Street.
She is currently in production on little fires everywhere for Hulu, which she and Reese Witherspoon were both executive producers and star in.
Recently, Kerry Washington appeared in ABC’s live presentation of The Jeffersons as Helen Wills, alongside Will Ferrell, Jamie Foxx, and Wanda Skyes.
“We are extremely delighted to honor and celebrate Kerry’s outstanding achievements at our upcoming Jamaica independence gala,” a proud Mair shared.
The black tie gala – Jamaica’s marquee independence celebration in New York – is held under the distinguished patronage of tourism minister Edmund Bartlett.
One of those expected to be in attendance and act as brand ambassador is 1993 miss world winner and Lisa Hanna, Member of Parliament. The event will be attended by more than 1,000 celebrants under the theme ‘Celebrating Brand Jamaica’.
Part of the proceeds gotten from the gala will be donated to food for the poor Jamaicans, and food for the poor inc.