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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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On Her Career

“I kind of looked at life like graduating from high school. Once you did [one thing], you move to the next level — and that ain’t always the case,” Guy says in her recent interview for’s web series, “Who Am I.”

“My biggest lesson in my life has been learning how to live in between the gigs,” she says. “I understand my own fragility, and I don’t take that for granted anymore.”

On Her Health

For years rumors have been circulating that famed actress Jasmine Guy has been suffering from lupus. After years and years of allowing the rumors to fester, the “A Different World” actress finally decided to address them in a Facebook post:

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