Jamaican playwright, screenwriter, actor, director and lecturer, Trevor Rhone, has been voted among the top three all-time Black Screen Icons of the past century in an online poll that sought to identify 100 of the most significant international Black/African Diaspora personalities in film and television.
Rhone received 10% of the votes to place third behind Sidney Poitier in second place and Denzel Washington who topped the poll.
"This is not at all a bad performance from a Jamaican from the little district of Bellas Gate in St Catherine, and I'm pleased that I was able to represent my country well," a news release from public relations firm Innovative Ideas quoted Rhone yesterday.
According to the release, Spike Lee and Morgan Freeman placed fourth and fifth respectively, in the "All Time Black Screen Icon" category.
The 100 Black Screen Icons was initiated by Every Generation Media, in partnership with the British Film Institute with funding from the Film Council and the BBC.
A special website was created to profile the icons, highlighting the nominees' key achievements and, in addition to showcasing the better-known personalities, shed light on those "unsung personalities whose contribution has furthered the development of global film and TV culture", said the Every Generation website.
"Nominees were drawn from Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and North America and were part of a 100 Black Screen Icons online campaign which promoted African Diaspora creative screen talent, while educating and engaging audiences from all backgrounds and ethnicities," the news release said.
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Derrick A. Scott