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Lane College Announces ‘A Different World’ Actress Jasmine Guy as 2018 Homecoming Parade Marshal

JACKSON, TN – Lane College, a historically black college, located in Jackson, Tennessee announces ‘A Different World’ Actress Jasmine Guy as 2018 Homecoming Parade Marshal.

According to an press release by the university, Lane college is pleased to announced actor/dancer/director Jasmine Guys as the 2018 Lane College Homecoming Parade Marshal. Guy is best known for her portrayal of southern belle Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on the hit television series, “A Different World” from 1987 to 1993. The show, set at the fictional HBCU Hillman College is credited with re-introducing historically black colleges and universities to mainstream America. The Lane College Homecoming Parade, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, is one of the greatest highlights of homecoming for Jackson and the surrounding areas.

Guy continues to enjoy a diverse career in television, theater and film. She began her professional career at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. She starred on Broadway in the original productions of “Beehive and Leader of the Pack,” and reprised hit productions of “Grease,” “The Wiz,” and “Chicago” (as Velma Kelly). After years on Broadway and touring the globe, Jasmine landed the role of Whitley Gilbert on “A Different World.” She won six consecutive NAACP Image Awards for her portrayal of the pretentious but funny southern belle.

She will next be seen later this year in “The Christmas Pact,” a Lifetime Original movie. Recently, she was seen as Aunt Nancy in the Syfy series “Superstition,” and as Professor Ella Grace in BET’s “The Quad.” She recently starred in “My Nephew Emmett,” nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), based on the true story of the 1955 murder of 14 year-old Emmett Louis Till in Mississippi.

Her other television performances include: “Melrose Place,” “NYPD Blue,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and “Living Single.” She was also recently seen in episodes of Disney’s “KC Undercover,” reunited once again with “A Different World” co-star Kadeem Hardison.

As a frequent motivational public speaker, Guy is called upon to share her story openly with those who may benefit from her trials and triumphs. her ongoing desire to blend balance and discipline with ambition and service continues to fuel her passion for the arts.

She has traveled throughout the U.S. and appeared at more than 100 speaking engagements, addressing diverse audiences at colleges, universities, conventions, corporations, affinity groups, churches, high schools and countless charitable and fundraising events.

“I am grateful for my journey. It has been interesting, fun and exhilarating. I’ve learned a lot, but I am still growing, changing, exploring and learning. That’s what makes life truly exciting,” Guy said.

Applications for participation in the Lane College Homecoming Parade are available online at www.lanecollege.edu and on the campus in the J.K. Daniels Building.

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