JULY 6 - JASMINE GUY
Beginning her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jasmine Guy landed her first television gig as a dancer in ten episodes of the 1982 series Fame. Five years later, she secured her most memorable role as Whitley Gilbert on A Different World, playing the character for six seasons and winning six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Within her time on A Different World, Guy wrote three episodes, directed one episode and even had enough leftover time to release a self-titled album with three charting singles - “Try Me”, “Another Like My Lover” and “Just Want to Hold You”.
Guy is also known for her portrayal of Roxy Harvey on Showtime’s Dead Like Me, a recurring role as Sheila Bennett on The Vampire Diaries and guest appearances on a variety of programs, ranging from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Drop Dead Diva. Her film credits include Spike Lee’s School Daze and Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights.
Beyond acting, Guy has worn many different hats as a director, writer and motivational speaker. Notably, she penned the 2004 Afeni Shakur biography Evolution of a Revolutionary, and in 2010, she directed the world premiere of an opera based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.