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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Burgundy, Cream
Favorite Food:
Chowder, Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Sardines, Portuguese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Come On!

Birthplace

Born:
3/10/1964
Birth Location:
Boston, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Burgundy, Cream
Favorite Food:
Chowder, Barbecue, Fried Chicken, Sardines, Portuguese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Come On!

Birthplace

Born:
3/10/1964
Birth Location:
Boston
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Biography

Actress and entertainer Jasmine Guy was born on March 10, 1964, in Boston, Massachusetts to William Guy and Jaye Rudolph. Her mother is a former high school teacher, and her father, the pastor of Friendship Baptist Church of Atlanta. Guy was raised in the Collier Heights neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia where she attended the former Northside Performing Arts School (now North Atlanta High School). After graduating from high school, Guy was awarded a scholarship to the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York. She practiced performing arts at Ailey Center for several years, which prepared her for roles in musicals and television shows.

Guy landed a starring role as Whitley Gilbert in the television show A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show, which ran on TV for six years. This is her best-known role. Guy received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award every year that A Different World was on the air. One year after she began acting in A Different World, Guy was cast in her first film role in Spike Lee’s School Daze. In 1989, Guy co-starred with Eddie Murphy and Richard Pryor in the film Harlem Nights and went on to have roles in numerous films, televisions shows, and stage productions. She released a self-titled R&B album in 1990, which reached number thirty-eight on the R&B charts.

Guy has been active in projects that promote and preserve African American history and culture, including the miniseries rendition of Alex Haley’s Queen, the film recording of the 1930s WPA ex-slave narratives, entitled Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives, and the film version of activist-historian Howard Zinn’s, “A People’s History of the United States”, entitled The People Speak. Guy also wrote the autobiography of Afeni Shakur, mother hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur, entitled, “Afeni Shakur: The Evolution of a Revolutionary”. Guy also won several awards for her work. From 1990 to 1995, Guy was nominated for and won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Guy lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jasmine Guy was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 10, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jasmine Guy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy talks about her mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy describes her father's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy describes her father's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jasmine Guy talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jasmine Guy describes her parents' personalities and who she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers her early interest in mimicking accents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy reflects upon her interest in character acting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy remembers moving to Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy describes her school in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy talks about the black community in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy recalls her aspiration to become a professional dancer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy recalls her introduction to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers attending The Ailey School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy describes her training at the Northside School of Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy remembers performing in her first musical
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy talks about her social life during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy talks about her favorite music and graduating from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy remembers joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy recalls her decision to join the cast of 'Fame'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers leaving the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy talks about her decision to move to Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy remembers her role in Spike Lee's 'School Daze'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy talks about her experiences of color discrimination within the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy talks about her roles in 'School Daze' and 'A Different World'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy remembers filming 'School Daze,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers filming 'School Daze,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy recalls auditioning for 'A Different World'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy talks about 'A Different World'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy talks about the character of Whitley Gilbert
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy remembers meeting Denzel Washington on the set of 'A Different World'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy remembers the controversial episodes of 'A Different World'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jasmine Guy talks about her role in 'Harlem Nights'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy remembers Tupac Shakur
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers Afeni Shakur, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy remembers the death of Tupac Shakur
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy remembers Afeni Shakur, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy talks about her book, 'Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary,' pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy talks about her book, 'Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary,' pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy describes Afeni Shakur's family background
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy talks about her writing process
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy remembers balancing her writing and acting careers
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy recalls the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy talk about her favorite acting roles
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy remembers the rehearsals for 'School Daze'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy talks about racial discrimination in the entertainment business
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy talks about her work as a theater director
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jasmine Guy talks about the differences between stage acting and screen acting
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jasmine Guy remembers directing the opera, 'I Dream'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jasmine Guy describes the music in 'I Dream'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jasmine Guy talks about her film roles
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Jasmine Guy talks about her role in 'Big Stone Gap'
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Jasmine Guy talks about her recent television appearances
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Jasmine Guy reflects upon her acting style
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Jasmine Guy talks about her singing career
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Jasmine Guy talks about the entertainment industry in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Jasmine Guy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Jasmine Guy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 11 - Jasmine Guy describes how she would like to be remembered