Jasmine Guy is a face no one can forget, and Whitley is a name that will always be retained by hearts around the world. Remembered for her no-man-can-afford-me bourgeois persona on the set of A Different World, Guy made quite a name for herself in the entertainment world for the next 20 years.
While filming A Different World, the now 50-year-old actress released her self-titled debut album, Jasmine Guy, in 1990 under Warner Bros. Although no songs hit the top 10 on the charts, two singlesâ€”â€œAnother Like My Loverâ€ and â€œJust Want To Hold Youâ€â€”lived in the top 75 and top 40 of Billboardâ€™s Hot 100 chart, respectively. Guy only released one album in her music career. But just because she wasnâ€™t producing music didnâ€™t mean her ties were cut off to the music world. The Boston, Massachusetts Renaissance woman became a good friend of rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur through co-star Jada Pinkett; she also became close to Pacâ€™s family, including his mother Afeni Shakur. Some years after the California-raised rapperâ€™s death, Guy began to collaborate with Afeni on her biography and together they released the story of the Black Panther memberâ€™s in 2004: Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary.
Like her co-star, Lou Meyers, Jasmine too continuously found herself on various film and televisions sets. From Warner Bros. Pictures Cats Donâ€™t Dance (1997) to Disneyâ€™s Thatâ€™s So Raven (2006) and Lifetimeâ€™s Drop Dead Diva (2010), Guyâ€™s found herself acting in a range of roles across the board. Most recently, the multifaceted actress has found herself a new home on the CWâ€™s Vampire Diaries as Shelia Bennet, and is in post-production for Scary Movie 5, set to release later this year.