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Jasmine  Guy

Jasmine Guy

Actress of Stage & Screen


"I am grateful for my journey. It has been interesting, fun and exhilarating. I've learned a lot, but I am still growing, changing, exploring and learning. That's what makes life truly exciting." This is actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy’s outlook on her diverse career in television, theater and film. Guy began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago (as Velma Kelly). She is currently performing Raisin’ Cane, a one-woman musical journey through the Harlem Renaissance, throughout the U.S., backed by the Avery Sharpe Trio. Guy also has recurring roles in both If Loving You is Wrong, Tyler Perry’s hit drama series on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and as Grams on the popular CW series Vampire Diaries. Read More >

After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Guy landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her other television performances include: Melrose Place (with Heather Locklear); NYPD Blue (with Jimmy Smits); Fresh Prince of Bel Air (with Will Smith) and Living Single (with Queen Latifah). One of her favorite roles was that of Roxy, the grim reaper meter maid on Showtime's hit series Dead Like Me (with Mandy Patinkin).

Jasmine Guy has worked extensively in theater with Kenny Leon, Susan Booth, Andrea Frye and Pearl Cleage. She has starred in or directed many productions, including: for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; Miss Evers' Boys; and most recently, God of Carnage, where she also directed the world premiere of the opera I Dream, celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr.

In 2004, Guy penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary (Atria Books), which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur — Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

Jasmine Guy has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events. As a frequent motivational public speaker, Guy is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. Her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts. Read Less ^

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Making Your Own Different World

What is your own different world? Speaker Jasmine Guy explains that it is the sphere of influence you create around yourself that provides the gateways to all the opportunities of your life. In order to create such a rich world, you must surround yourself with a diverse group of people. This diversity should not be limited to the racially diverse but should encompass the rich, poor, street-smart, book-smart, religious, rebellious, straight, gay, transgendered, male, female, elderly, young… basically, anyone you may run into on a daily basis. The more varied your friends and associates, the more enriched your life will be and the more you will be open to opportunities of every kind. Opportunity often knocks dressed up as something other than what you expect, so it is up to us to interpret what an opportunity is and what it is not.