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“My feeling is that it’s the writer’s job to write and my job to act. So my job is everything that’s not on the page, everything that isn’t explicitly said, mine is the subtext, the non-literal. I can interpret it however I want to interpret it, essentially, what I try to do is every time I get a scene, I try to find some sort of unique angle or some take on it that maybe is a little unexpected or a little bit different than what’s on the page and I hope that that then inspires the writers to take her in other directions.” (full story)

I’m an actor, and I recently worked an Elementary School party as Hermione. There were no less than 700 kids at this thing. When I asked them, 2/3rds of the kids either had never heard of Harry Potter or disliked it. The third that did like HP, when I asked which book was their favorite, every last one of them replied “Oh, I’ve only seen the movies”. It just makes me sad that this generation is missing out on such a magical story.

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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.

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