Terri J. Vaughn first 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 Jonell, and then as Renee, a sassy and hilarious
nurse, on Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns. Terri’s also been seen as Melisse, on Oprah
Winfrey’s drama series, “Greenleaf,” and featured again as Cedric The Enteretainer’s
wife on BET’s ‘The Comedy Get Down.” From her first professional job in a 20-city
tour of “Tellin’ it Like it Tiz,” this San Francisco native has proven herself as a
respected and talented go to in the entertainment business.
Terri has been honored with three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding
Supporting Actress for her work on “The Steve Harvey Show.” She was also
nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the
groundbreaking series “Soulfood.” Included on Terri’s long resume is the Tyler Perry
film “Daddy’s Little Girls,” as well as the independent dramedies, “Dirty Laundry”, “3
Can Play That Game” and “Marriage Chronicles,” just to name a few.
Along with starring in several other independent projects, Terri has produced multiple
projects under her independent production company, Nina Holiday Entertainment.
“Between Sisters,” which aired as the highest rated show on GMC Network and
“Sugar Mommas,” which was nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award, are just a
couple of the projects Terri created, starred in and produced under Nina Holiday
Entertainment. NHE also produced the family film, “Hamlet & Hutch,” starring
legendary Burt Reynolds and the highly acclaimed “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” produced
by and starring Terri, with Malinda Williams, Garcelle Beauvais and Essence Atkins,
which premiered as the highest rated original movie in TVOne history. The sequel,
“Girlfriends Getaway 2” premiered August 2015. Always pushing to grow creatively,
in 2016 Terri made her television and film directing debuts. For Aspire TV she
directed their first half-hour comedy presentation, Mommy Uncensored, then an
episode of BounceTV’s Man & Wife, starring David and Tamela Mann. Terri went on
to direct her first film, the hilarious, ‘Friday-isque’ comedy, #DigitalLivesMatter,
starring social media comedic influencers, DC Young Fly and Emmanuel Hudson,
which aired on BET October 2017 and is now streaming on UMC.TV. Next up, Terri
is directing and producing, Merry Wishmas, a Christmas movie for TVOne, starring
David and Tamela Mann.
Out of her desire to give back to her community, in 1997, Terri started Take Wings
Foundation, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to mentor young women growing up in at
risk communities – Just another reason so many have come to love the passionate
talent known as Terri J. Vaughn.