The Color Purple actress Desreta Jackson to speak at Paine College Assembly

Posted by ncarter | 09/23/2011 07:07 AM

(Augusta, GA)- The Paine College Department of Media Studies will host actress and entrepreneur, Desreta Jackson on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel. Jackson is best known for her shockingly raw portrayal of young Miss Celie, in the The Color Purple, winner of a 1983 Pulitzer Prize, and later film and Broadway musical.

The Paine College Drama Club will host a Theatrical Guidance Forum featuring Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel, Odeum. The Office of Institutional Advancement will also host a reception for Jackson on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in the Candler Memorial Library Building beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Jackson’s role in The Color Purple proved to be a fan favorite because of the physical and emotional abuse the title character had to endure resonated with fans around the World. The Color Purple garnered 11 Academy Award nominations, the highest number to date, and had an incredible impact on American film, producing some of the Nation’s most noted African American film stars and personalities. The role of Miss Celie was split between two actresses, respectively, Jackson, her first film role, and Whoopi Goldberg, Hollywood actress, and ABC's The View’s co-host. In addition to her film work in The Color Purple, Jackson immediately followed up with two successive films, Sister Act, again starring Whoopi Goldberg, and The Mighty Pawns, starring the late Paul Winfield, and Alfonson Ribeiro.

Jackson was born in Tortola, British Virgin Island and came to the United States as a pre-teen. Her family moved to Los Angeles, where she has remained, and created several small businesses. After her early success in film, Jackson opened the doors to Mahogany Mane, a hair care enterprise, and later organized a community based Real Estate venture, buying homes in the area and renovating them. Jackson’s master plan was a failsafe program that taught renters how to pay on time, and communicate in a proactive way to alleviate falling behind, even in a downturn economy.

She continues to work as an actress and producer, creating Internet projects and working on stage. In 2010, The Color Purple celebrated 25 years, and for the first time in all most as many years, many of the film’s cast came together on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a reunion episode as part of Oprah Winfrey’s final 25-year season. In April 2011, Jackson launched her own hair care line, BlackSilk, and was honored at the 7th annual Prestige Award tribute for her contribution to American film, her dedication to community building, and her outreach to young people.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact the Office of Communications & Marketing at (706) 396-7591 or (678) 215-8576 or

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