#WomanOfInterest: Jasmine Guy
August 18th, 2019 by Elizabeth Radabaugh
You may recognize her as Whitley Gilbert from the hit show A Different World, but this week’s #WomanOfInterest is far more than just an actress. Whether it’s in front of the camera or behind the scenes, Jasmine Guy can do just about anything when it comes to working in the entertainment industry. She is an accomplished dancer, director, author, speaker, humanitarian, daughter, mother, and friend.
Jasmine was born on March 10, 1962 in Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up in Atlanta,Georgia where she developed her skill of dance. Jasmine studied ballet until the age of 5, and at 12 she studied dance at Spelman College Dance School. She furthered her dance career by attending Northside Performing Arts for high school and by 17 she received a scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. For three years she was a concert dancer and in 1982 she landed a minor role on NBC’s television series Fame.
Jasmine’s role in Fame began her wonderful career as an actress. From there she landed the role as Whitley Gilbert in the hit television show A Different World. She went on to receive six NAACP awards for her role. More doors began to open for Jasmine as she made appearances on other shows such as Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, NYPD, and a hosting gig on America’s Ballroom Challenge.
Jasmine is also known for her roles in movies and documentaries that highlight social issues. One of her famous documentaries is That’s How Strong My Love Is, which reenacts stories by children who talk about issues the affect them personally. While acting, Jasmine also found time to record & release two albums. Her love for education and children has led her to appear in cartoons like Cyberchase and educational videos such as Between the Lions. She has been part of Broadway and other stage plays throughout the course of her career and she even has taken on the role as director.
Her Life Today
Jasmine Guy continues to be a beacon of light in this world by involving herself in positive activities. Over the course of the years, she has written one book and has written a compilation of essays. When she is not writing, directing, acting, or dancing. Jasmine can be found giving back to the community by teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, teaching ballet at a youth center, or speaking in schools to encourage the youth. She is also known for her involvement in the Lupus Foundation, Women at Risk Foundation, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. Jasmine has received numerous of honors and awards, however, her greatest honor is being a mother. Jasmine married Terrence Duckett in 1998 and a year later they had their daughter, Imani.
Jasmine’s achievements are a great testament that through hard work, determination, and a strong drive for success. It is possible to achieve your dreams and maintain your core set of beliefs along the way. Keep up the great work, Jasmine!
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Phaedra McDowell is a writer for StarQuest. She loves to celebrate others, serve her community through the arts, and encourage young people to dream without limits.