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Actress Vanessa A. Williams to Perform One-Woman Show “Feet on the Ceiling!” at Claflin University March 1

Feb 29, 2012


The multi-talented Vanessa A. Williams will present her one-woman show Feet on the Ceiling! on Thursday, March 1 at Claflin University.

Williams is a nationally known actress, writer, director and producer. Her first feature film was New Jack City where she starred opposite Wesley Snipes. She was later nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in Our America, a Showtime original movie. Williams was nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards and won the outstanding actress category for her portrayal of Maxine Chadway in the Showtime series Soul Food.

Also on television, Williams has appeared on Melrose Place, Murder One, and Chicago Hope. She also starred in Mother along with Lisa Kudrow and Albert Brooks. She is a published poet and writer who has been featured in Essence Magazine. She also wrote, directed and produced the short film “Denise”, which was featured on Showtime.

Williams also conducted a series of public service announcements which aired globally on World AIDS Day and plans to direct two more PSAs to heighten awareness for the disease.

Feet on the Ceiling! is written and performed by Williams. It deals with revealing stories of sexual awakening and intimacy. Williams' show is based on poetry and prose from her book "Shine."

The show will start at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center on campus. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Dr. Peggy Ratliff, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, by phone at (803) 535-5233 or by e-mail at


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