Feature: Terri J. Vaughn

Terri J Vaughn

Terri J. Vaughn has entertained us on television for more than ten years. First, she stole America’s heart with her lovable portrayal of Lovita Alizay Jenkins on “The Steve Harvey Show.” After that, she made her way to Will Smith’s executive produced, “All of Us,” as school teacher Jonell, and now she brings Renee, a sexy, sassy and hilarious nurse, to life on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. But, before Terri ever had her first audition, she was growing up in a housing project in Hunter’s Point in San Francisco. Today, this woman is hell-bent on creating positive, inspirational experiences for other young women growing up in the projects. Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Terri started Take Wings Foundation. “We motivate, uplift and inspire young girls, 13 to 18 years old, growing up in at risk communities and foster care, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to be positive, productive and successful.”

From her first professional job in a 20-city tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz” to her first sitcom role on the hit show “Living Single,” to a memorable turn as a single mother wrongly accused of abusing her child on “ER,” this San Francisco native has proven herself to be a talent to be reckoned with. Terri has been honored with three Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show” and was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on “Soulfood,” as Eva Holly, a lesbian, who shocked Showtime viewers by passionately kissing Byrd (Malinda Williams), during her multi-episode guest arc on the groundbreaking series.

Included on Terri’s resume is the Tyler Perry film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” where she gets to flex her acting chops as the bitchy Brenda, playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba. She can also be seen in the independent dramedy, “Dirty Laundry,” starring opposite Rockmond Dunbar and Loretta Devine and “3 Can Play That Game,” where Terri is hilarious. Along with starring in several other independent projects and conducting her Atlanta based acting school at The Green Room, Terri adds to her list of can-do’s, by producing multiple projects under her and producing partner, Cas Siger’s production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment.

In 2011, Terri opened The Green Room, a lounge and one of a kind specialty bookstore dedicated to theatrical arts, in the swanky Buckhead area in Atlanta, GA. The networking, classes, performance events and just all around soothing atmosphere, make The Green Room the perfect place to hang out and wind down, whether one is in the entertainment business or not.

Always smiling, unless she’s crying tears of happiness, Terri’s a girl from humble beginnings who tells everyone to “take wings.” Her infectious positive energy and altruistic spirit embodies her life, her family and everyone who meets her.




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