Thomas Nelson Community College welcomes actress Jasmine Guy of the hit television show, “A Different World” and Showtime’s “Dead Like Me,” to its Hampton campus Friday, Feb. 28 to close a series of Black History Month events. At 5 p.m., Guy will meet and greet the public during a Black History Month Expo in the Wythe Hall Gallery. The event will also feature jazz harmonica player Avon Dews along with author and artist Synthia Saint James. Available online at www.tncc.edu, tickets are $10.
The Expo will allow attendees to connect with representatives from more than 30 businesses, colleges and civic organizations including Hampton University, Urban League of Hampton Roads, Uplifting and Empowerment Foundation/GYG Mental Health Agency, Norfolk State University, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Upsilon Omega chapter), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (Alpha Alpha chapter), and more.
At 7 p.m., Guy, Dews and James will be guest speakers during a free event called “Scroll It!,” in the Dr. T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall. The event will also include performances by several Thomas Nelson students.
Having stolen fans’ hearts playing the television role of southern belle, Whitley Gilbert, Guy also appeared in the mini-series “Queen,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “NYPD Blue,” “Melrose Place,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Touched by an Angel,” and other television series. Her first film role was in Spike Lee’s “School Daze.” She co-starred with Eddie Murphy in “Harlem Nights” and also starred in several independent films.
In 2004, Guy wrote the critically-acclaimed book, “Evolution of a Revolutionary” (Atria Books), which is the story of Afeni Shakur, Black Panther and mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur. The Boston native and Atlanta resident is also an accomplished director, dancer and singer.
For more information about Thomas Nelson’s Black History Month Expo, or “Scroll It!,” contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing at 757-825-3500.