Actor and singer Jasmine Man turned well-known within the late Eighties for portraying Whitley Gilbert on the sitcom A Totally different World, a Cosby Present spinoff that adopted Denise (Lisa Bonet) to varsity. Man’s Southern belle character was greatest identified for her will-they-won’t-they relationship with Dwayne Wayne (Kadeem Hardison), and whereas the characters finally find yourself collectively, diehard followers proceed to debate the deserves of their relationship and whether or not they have been good for one another or not. As for Whitley herself, the actor behind her has since moved on to varied tasks and stays a critical presence in Hollywood. Learn on to study what Man has been as much as since her days at Hillman School.
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After A Totally different World resulted in 1993—Man having turn out to be the lead after Bonet left the present following Season 1—Man continued to behave continuously on TV, in motion pictures, and onstage. Her latest tv roles embrace a recurring position on Vampire Diaries, starring within the BET sequence The Quad, and showing on the exhibits Gray’s Anatomy and Harlem. Man discovered success within the motion pictures across the identical time she turned a TV star, showing in Spike Lee’s 1988 movie, Faculty Daze. Today, she will be present in a lot of TV motion pictures, together with the occasional vacation rom-com.
Man, who additionally dabbled in R&B music with a 1990 album, has carried out in a number of stage productions, together with musicals. She’s directed a number of exhibits as nicely, and in 2010, was named Producing Director of Kenny Leon’s True Colours Theatre Firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
Man has been linked to some fellow performers previously. She reportedly dated her Harlem Nights co-star Eddie Murphy and quietly noticed A Totally different World actor Dominic Hoffman (who performed Julian) once they labored collectively on the present. She was shut mates with rapper Tupac Shakur, and it was reported earlier on this yr that she’ll be an govt producer on an upcoming biopic concerning the artist’s mom, activist Afeni Shakur. She additionally wrote a biography of Afeni that was revealed in 2005.
The actor has been married as soon as, to guide Terrence Duckett, from 1998 to 2008. The couple welcomed a daughter, Imani Duckett, in 1999. She’s following in her mother’s footsteps as an actor and is a visible artist, as nicely—Man has shared a few of her daughter’s work on her personal Instagram.
In 2019, Man linked up with 19 different girls of shade to launch the Reel Divas initiative. As reported by Deadline, Reel Divas is “a gaggle that goals to advertise Black writers, producers and administrators and enhance consciousness of Atlanta as a manufacturing hub.”
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In 2021, Man and a few of her A Totally different World co-stars, together with Hardison, Sinbad, Cree Summer time, Darryl M. Bell, and Dawnn Lewis—got here collectively once more for an episode of E!’s Reunion Highway Journey. They mirrored on the legacy of the comedy sequence, which regularly touched on tough and critical matters alongside the standard school shenanigans. Chatting with Leisure Tonight that yr, Man mentioned she believed that A Totally different World would not be any much less engaged in powerful conversations if it have been nonetheless round in the present day.
“Folks requested why we needed that heavy stuff on our little comedy present, however we might all the time be humorous,” she mentioned. “That is what I stored saying. The deeper you go, we’ll discover a place to make it humorous.”
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