News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 15, 2013: African American actress, Tamara Renee Tunie, best known as the ‘Medical Examiner, Melinda Warner’ on NBC’s long-running top-rated series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and for her portrayal of attorney Jessica Griffin on the CBS soap opera, ‘As the World Turns,’ is the celebrity spokesperson for the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s 40th celebration of Caribbean Week in New York.
Tunie will engage the media in America’s most populous city as the official spokesperson for the June 1-8 event.
“I am thrilled to work with the Caribbean Tourism Organization taking the Caribbean’s wonderful message across New York during this exciting week of celebration of the region’s vibrancy and diversity,” the PA-born Tunie was quoted as saying.
Tunie recently starred in the Paramount Oscar nominated, ‘Flight, ‘with co-star Denzel Washington and guest starred on The Good Wife and Fall to Rise. Her other memorable television roles include the highly visible role of the villainous Alberta Green in first season of the hit series, 24, as well as guest appearances on Law and Order, Sex and the City, and NYPD Blue.
In film, she has worked with some of the most respected directors of the screen, including Taylor Hackford, Brian De Palma, Mimi Leder, Harold Becker and Oliver Stone. Ms. Tunie also appeared alongside the legendary Al Pacino as the possessed wife of a partner in his law firm in the hit film “The Devil’s Advocate,” and as his press secretary in “City Hall.” She also worked with famed director Kasi Lemmons and Samuel L. Jackson on both “Eve’s Bayou” and “The Caveman’s Valentine,” for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award.
Her partnership was secured through the efforts of Marie Walker, the chief executive officer and president of the CTO New York affiliate, Turnstyle Marketing, working with the head of the CTO New York office, Sylma Brown.
“We are confident that the events surrounding Caribbean Week in New York will receive a significant spike from both the consumer and the trade as a result of Mr. Tunie’s efforts,” stated Walker.
“Ms. Tunie will not only create media waves in New York, but she will also attend a select number of the events to include the Caribbean One-Day Bonanza Sale and Rum and Rhythm,” added Brown.
Caribbean Week in New York is supported by the Association of Travel Marketing Executives (ATME), the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Cayman Islands, Dominica, the Empire State Building, Face of Fashion, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Hard Beat Communications, Jamaica, Jewel Resorts, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St Eustatius, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Martin/St. Maarteen, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands and the United States Virgin Islands.
“We anticipate even greater participation from the Caribbean and our partners as Ms. Tunie helps elevate our senses for this is a celebration of our region,” Brown said.
For the complete list of activities for Caribbean Week in New York and for information on how to participate, visit www.caribbeanweekny.com