When you say her name, most people remember her as Whitley Gilbert, the dainty, pretty southern belle on “A Different World,” actress Jasmine Guy is much, much more than that. A professional dancer and choreographer, Guy got her start performing in New York at Alvin Ailey. She went on to appear in films like Spike Lee’s “School Daze,” the TV series “Fame,” and even released her own self-titled R&B album in 1990.

One of the biggest roles that Guy is most proud of is that of mom to her now teenage daughter, Imani

In a recent interview on Oprah Winfrey’s network, OWN, Guy talks about raising her daughter, Imani, to have her own individuality. “I started to pray, ‘God, please just don’t let me get in the way of who she is supposed to be,’” Guy says.

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