Women of Excellence: Jasmine Guy

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    Jasmine Guy – dancer, actor, singer, director and writer – performs in many mediums. She has a recurring role as Grams on the popular CW series “Vampire Diaries,” received critical acclaim for her role in the 2012 film “October Baby,” and starred in the 2012 Alliance Theater production of “God of Carnage.”

    Her body of stage work includes Broadway productions of “The Wiz,” “Leader of the Pack,”
    “Grease” and “Chicago,” starring as Velma Kelly, and most recently starring locally opposite Kenny Leon in “Fool For Love.”

    For television, she created the iconic southern belle Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff “A Different World,” for which she won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards and numerous other honors.

    Other TV credits include “Queen,” the mini-series with Halle Berry; Anne Rice’s “Feast of All Saints”; “America’s Dream,” with Wesley Snipes; “Touched By an Angel”; “Fame”; “NYPD Blue”; “Melrose Place”; “Drop Dead Diva,” and Showtime’s “Dead Like Me.” Her film credits include Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” Eddie Murphy’s “Harlem Nights” and the indie films “Klash,” “Diamond Men,” “Guinevere” and “The Heart Specialist.”

    As a director and choreographer for the stage, Jasmine’s credits include productions of “For Colored Girls…”, with Nicole Ari Parker and Robin Givens; “The Bluest Eye,” at Spelman College; “I Dream,” the world-premiere musical/opera about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.; “Brownie Points”, at Theatrical Outfit, and The Colored Museum, for Kelly Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company.

    Jasmine has written the book “Evolution of a Revolutionary” (Atria Books) about the life and journey of Afeni Shakur, and she released her debut album (Warner Bros. Records) in 1990. She is currently Producing Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, where she resides with her daughter.

    Accomplished and fascinating women like Guy are among 50 who will be honored by The Atlanta Daily World as “Women of Excellence” at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 20 at 200 Peachtree from 3pm- 6pm. The public is invited to come to the event and meet them.

    To purchase tickets to the event, call Michelle Gipson at 404-761-1114 ext. 11 or visit http://www.atlantadailyworld.com/upcoming-events and click on the “Women of Excellence” icon.

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