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Tuesday, March 18th, 7 p.m., 215 Eberhard Center (DeVos Campus)

Laverne Cox
Transgender Advocate and Critically Acclaimed Actress of Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox is an actress, writer, producer, and transgender advocate. She can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black. Her portrayal of the incarcerated Sophia Burset has touched the hearts of viewers. Maureen Ryan of the Huffington Post writes, Laverne Cox gives an amazing performance as trans inmate, Sophia&among the most moving on-screen moments I've seen all year.

In 2012 Cox garnered critical acclaim for her role in the independent feature film Musical Chairs directed by Susan Seidelman. Keith Uhlich of Time Out wrote, You leave remembering&Laverne Coxs galvanizing mettle as a paraplegic transsexual who befriends Mia. Roger Ebert wrote, Laverne Cox...brings a nice warmth and humor to her performance.  John Delia of Beyond The Marquee proclaims, "The showstopper, however, is Laverne Cox who plays the transgender Chantelle, an energetic whirlwind looking for love in all the right places."

Cox is the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show, VH1s critically acclaimed TRANSForm Me. TRANSform Me was nominated for a GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2011 and was the first television show to star three transsexual women. Cox made television history when she became the first African-American trans woman to appear on a reality television program, VH1s I Wanna Work for Diddy in 2008. She accepted the GLAAD media award for Outstanding Reality Program for I Want to Work for Diddy in 2009.