Kerry Washington

“I am so proud to be Jamaican…I bow down to my lineage, to my heritage, to my history and to my belonging.” So said Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Kerry Washington who was recently honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at Jamaica’s 57th Independence Black Tie Gala, held at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New York.

In an emotional letter read by her Jamaican born mother, Dr Valerie Washington, the actress who received international recognition for her role as Olivia Pope in the hit ABC TV drama Scandal, expressed regret that she was unable to attend in person to accept the award. She however used the opportunity to reiterate her Jamaican roots to enthusiastic applause.

“We celebrate all the goodness birthed by the island itself. We celebrate you. And we celebrate me. And we celebrate our powerful and beautiful island family! I am so proud to be…

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