Where Is She Now: Jasmine Guy (Actress) as Whitley - A Different World.
Name: Jasmine Guy
Born: March 10, 1964 in Boston, Massachusetts
Claim To Fame: Who doesn't think of Jasmine as Whitley on the series "A Different World"? While she is a woman of many talents, this will always be the role that she is most identified with.
Family Life: Married Terrence Duckette (August 22, 1998). On March 28, 1999, Jasmine gave birth to a baby girl, Imani.
Her father is the Reverend William Guy, pastor of the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Her mother is Jaye Rudolph.
Info: Jasmine Guy has a variety of talents. In 1990, Jasmine released a self-titled album (which I own and it's great) with backing vocals on a few songs from her "A Different World" co-star, Cree Summer.
Trivia: Named daughter Imani after the name was used on "A Different World" as the
daughter of the Taylors (played by Dawnn Lewis and Glynn Turman).
Although born in Boston, Massachusetts, Guy was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Her sister, Monica Guy, was often her stand-in on the set of "A Different
Teaches dance to underprivileged children.
Was good friends with Tupac Shakur and remains close friends with his mother,
Became a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981, at the age of
Was a backup dancer in the first season of 'Fame.' You can see her in some
Where Is She Now: To this day she continues a career in film, theater, and music.
In fact back in the late 90's I saw her in the touring production of Chicago and
she is once again touring with the show.
In 2004 she wrote a book 'Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary for the
African American Studies' Afeni is the mother of Tupac Shakur.
She also had a co-starring role in the Showtime series, 'Dead Like Me.'
In the spring of 2006, Jasmine spoke to the graduating class at The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and revealed that she will record a second
album. She commented that of all the entertainment industries, the music one was
the worst. She will sell her new album online herself and not through a major
One of Jasmine's passions is the program she her sister created. It's called
Miss Monica's School (named after her sister). The little program has turned
into a full-fledge dance school!
The school teaches over one hundred kids ballet, tap, jazz and Hip-Hop.
Jasmine says: "I spend a lot of time raising funds, and awareness for the center
and I try to choreograph an original piece for the dance company at least once a
year. I’m so proud of the dedication my sister has to these children."
Most recently Jasmine can be seen as the co-host of 'America's Ballroom
Challenge' airing on PBS in January and February of 2008.
Jasmine is also touring the country in her one-woman tour de force, 'Raisin'
Cane' capturing the power, beauty and brilliance of the Harlem Renaissance.
Write To Jasmine Guy:
c/o Staff Member Stone Manners
Talent & Literary
6500 Wilshire Blvd. Ste 550
Los Angeles, CA 90048
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