Actress-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theatre and film. She won six consecutive N. Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle. Her most recent role as Grams on the popular series 'Vampire Diaries' can be seen on the C.
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Jasmine Guy born March 10, starred on A Different World as college student Whitley Gilbert , appearing in of the episodes of the series. Her mother, the former Jaye Rudolph born , was a former high-school teacher, and her father, the Reverend William Guy born , was pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta, which served as an early home to Spelman College ; he was also a college instructor in philosophy and religion. Guy began her television career with a non-speaking role, as a dancer, in seven episodes of the television series Fame under the direction of choreographer Debbie Allen. This was based on Haley's book Queen: The Story of an American Family , a companion volume to his earlier Roots: The Saga of an American Family , which itself had been converted to a television mini-series. In , Guy lent her voice to the PBS math-based animated series Cyberchase , performing Ava, the queen of the cybersite Symmetria, and made a cameo appearance on the Moesha spin-off The Parkers. In , Ms. The slave narratives were based on the WPA slave interviews conducted during the s with over two-thousand former slaves. Template:Main article More than 20 years after the series' sixth and final season, Guy today remains best known for her starring role as Whitley Gilbert in the television sitcom A Different World. Guy wrote three episodes of the show and directed one, in addition to appearing in every episode: she started as a co-star, but ended up replacing the show's original star Lisa Bonet , who left the series.
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Thirty years ago, we were introduced to Whitley Marion Gilbert. Whitley grew on us, of course. Years after the show that introduced black college culture to the mainstream, Whitley — especially via YouTube and Netflix — still feels very present. And the woman who brought her to life — the triple threat that is Jasmine Guy — is back three decades later. She reminds me of a Charlayne Hunter-Gault. An Angela Davis, with her dress and her intelligence and her ability to speak out and stand up. An Alice Walker. And those are a lot of women that went through Spelman, like Pearl Cleage. The Quad is well done. Guy, suffice it to say, is giddy.