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Emmy Award Actor Glynn Turman to Host Caribbean Heritage Salute to Hollywood & the Arts

LOS ANGELES – Caribbean Heritage Organization (CHO),Inc. and the Institute of Caribbean Studies, DC are pleased to announce that Award Winning Actor and Director Glynn Turman will host their 2009 Salute to Hollywood & the Arts to be held on Saturday, June 27 during Caribbean American Heritage Month when it honors renowned actress Nia Long, writer/director Frank E. Flowers and micro-sculptor Willard Wigan, MBE.

Turman started his career at the tender age of twelve in the legendary Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark Broadway production of “A Raisin in the Sun” with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Glynn has had several leading roles on television, but perhaps is best remembered as the staunch ‘Colonel Taylor’ on the NBC-TV series “A Different World.”

Glynn Turman

In addition to television, Glynn has starred in a number of feature films including the cult classis “Cooley High” and recent blockbuster “Sahara”. In 2007 he completed a feature titled “Kings of the Evening” for which he won ‘Best Supporting Actor’ at the San Diego Black Film Festival. He has been seen on HBO’s hit show “The Wire” playing Mayor Clarence Royce and in 2008, for his role as Alex Sr. on HBO’s critically acclaimed series ‘In Treatment,’ the New York native earned the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Turman’s upcoming films include “The Obama Effect” and “Bone Deep”.

“I congratulate all of the honorees. Nia is a very beautiful and talented actress who has made her mark in this industry, I congratulate Frank Flowers for his contribution to our crazy business and Willard Wigan is gifted beyond words, I can’t even see a grain of rice, not to mention sculpt it, I am in awe!”

Caribbean-American Heritage month rings very special in the Turman household and his wife, Jo-An is half Jamaican.

“My wife is the poster person for the Jamaican tradition of multitasking,” says Turman.

“The woman has 5 full-time jobs and does each of them well (laughing) My mother-in-law who is true Jamaican and my wife aunts and uncles have been here in the US for decades but if you hear them talk they sound like they just landed a few years ago, I love it and love the Caribbean people and culture.”

The star-studded blue-carpet event will be held on Saturday, June 27 starting at 7:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Kerckhoff Plaza Patio, 308 Westwood Blvd., Los Angeles. Part of the proceeds from the event will benefit Camp Crescent Moon, a camp for children with sickle cell anemia and the International Dyslexia Foundation, Los Angeles branch.

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