Thank you so very much for your support. It was a full house on Saturday, June 17, at the Hilton Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA as the Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO) celebrated Caribbean-American Heritage Month with their annual Salute to Hollywood & Excellence gala.
Hosted by CBS’ The Price is Right model Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith
, the event also served as the closing of the 2017 CaribbeanLens International Film Festival.
The evening celebrated honorees Anna Maria Horsford
of CBS’ The Bold and The Beautiful who received CHO’s Life Achievement Award and Grace Byers
of Fox’ Empire was bestowed the Rising Sun Award.
The Circle of Excellence Awardees were Jasmine Turner
, Caribbean beauty queen and wealth manager at UBS Financial Services, The Hon. Roland Yorke, Consul General of Belize to Los Angeles and Children of the Caribbean
‘s, Julien Adams & Rosie Hodge-Adams.
The event also marked the inaugural Robert Nesta Marley Humanitarian Award. Karen Marley, daughter of the late great reggae super star and Judah, Gideon and Abraham, his grandchildren and Ziggy Marley’s children, were on hand to present the awards to Yard Life
‘s Shane Morgan and Romaine Sabukie Allen and Grammy Award-winning Rapper, Filmmaker and Activist, Pras
“Hill & Gully,” the urban Cinderella story by filmmaker Patrice Johnson was awarded best film. Michael Q. Ceballos’ “Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guåhan,” got the Best Animation nod. Lemo Coney who used comedy in “It’s Only Renee” to bring awareness to the homeless was awarded Best Comedy. Best Cinematography was given to Elvin Diaz’ Haiti- DR Binational Market and through story and dance, Peter Chin & Jeremy Mimnagh’s “Jamaican” journeys through Jamaica and Central America to explore what is a Jamaican, was awarded best documentary. Forgiveness was the theme of Best Inspirational, “70 x Seven,” by Judith Fallon-Reid. You can view film descriptions and trailers here
Thank you for your support!