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Actress Jasmine Guy visits Ali Center to talk about career, family, motivation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fans remember Jasmine Guy for her roles in some of the most successful television shows of the 1990s. She starred in shows like "A Different World" and "The Cosby Show," and was featured on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and others.

The 52 year old is visited Louisville to speak at The Muhammad Ali Center as part of it's "Daughters of Greatness" series. She travels the country to talk about her long career as a woman of color in Hollywood.

Throughout the year, the Daughters of Greatness breakfast series invites prominent women engaged in social philanthropy, activism and pursuits of justice to share their stories with the Louisville community. The Daughters of Greatness series provides a place for dialogue and discussion on current issues of justice, community engagement, and social movements within the Louisville area and beyond.

Actor-dancer-director Jasmine Guy has enjoyed a diverse career in television, theater, and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. Jasmine starred on Broadway in the original productions of Beehive and Leader of the Pack, and reprised hit productions of Grease, The Wiz and Chicago. After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on the Cosby Show spinoff A Different World. She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious, but funny, southern belle. Her most recent role is that of "Grams" on the popular series Vampire Diaries on the CW Network. Jasmine has also worked with these great performers and directors: Spike Lee, Eddie Murphy, Alex Hailey, and Debbie Allen. She can be seen currently in the film October Baby.

Jasmine has starred in or directed many productions, including for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enough, Miss Evers' Boys, Blues for an Alabama Sky, The Colored Museum, The Fourposter, The Nacirema Society, Broke-ology, Fool For Love, and most recently, God of Carnage at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre where she also directed the world premiere of the opera I Dream, celebrating the life and journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2004, Jasmine penned the biography Evolution of a Revolutionary, which chronicles the life and journey of Afeni Shakur - Black Panther, activist and mother of slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

About the Muhammad Ali Center

The Ali Center is located at 144 North Sixth Street in downtown Louisville. Parking is available on side streets or in the PARC garage located below the Ali Center. For questions, please call 502.584.9254.

The Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, was co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. The international cultural center promotes the Six Core Principles of Muhammad Ali (Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect, and Spirituality) in ways that inspire personal and global greatness and provides programming and events around the focus areas of education, gender equity, and global citizenship. For more information, please visit www.alicenter.org 

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