ëFacts of Lifeí star to speak at Livingstone convocation

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Livingstone College News Service
SALISBURY ó She charmed our hearts as Tootie on ěThe Facts of Lifeî and snagged all the fine men as the sassy and sophisticated Regine Hunter on ěLiving Single,î but on Friday, actress, producer and director Kim Fields will deliver the keynote address at Livingstone Collegeís annual Fall Convocation, which begins at 10 a.m. in Varick Auditorium.
Fall Convocation is an annual event highlighting the beginning of a new academic year and the fall season. It includes a rite of passage for Livingstone College freshmen and features a special candlelight ceremony.
Fields has been acting for more than three decades and has accumulated numerous starring and guest-starring roles in theater productions and TV movies. She is most famous, however, for her role as the adorable, braces-wearing Tootie.
The lead director this season for hit filmmaker Tyler Perryís ěMeet The Brownsî and ěHouse of Payne,î which air on TBS, Fields has received high marks for her directing and producing of the documentary ěDiscovering Monk, Trane: One Night @ Carnegie Hall.î A dedicated jazz fan, Fields has also produced and directed a documentary profile of jazz saxophonist Najee, titled ěNajee: Sax in South Africa.î
On Friday at Livingstone, Fields will discuss womenís issues, filmmaking, faith and family. ěIím sure she will deliver a powerful message, and Iím equally confident our students will be excited to hear from Mrs. Fields, who has maintained an illustrious Hollywood career for so long. We invite the public to join us in this Livingstone tradition,î said Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., the institutionís 12th president.