“Community’s” Yvette Nicole Brown heads to Ohio this weekend, where she will be honored with a Distinguished Alumna Award from her real-life alma-mater, the University of Akron. She’ll also speak to students there. The school could not have made a better choice.
Besides her talent for being funny, the sparkling personality has a gift for encouraging others in their dreams – and is a walking testimonial to the power of hard work and education. While attending UA on scholarship, she worked in the dean’s office, pledged a sorority, served as a school ambassador and led campus tours, was a radio DJ — and carried a full load.
These days she’s still working hard (“Community” returns for its new season tonight), but certainly has more financial leeway than back in college days. She can, for instance, indulge her penchant for Muppets.
“I will not tell you right now how many Kermits are in my house,” she confesses. “Every incarnation of ‘The Muppet Show’ I have watched. I love what they embody: believe in your dreams, take care of each other, build a community, be responsible, don’t make excuses. It’s all solid stuff.”
We’re sure that when Kermit realizes Yvette is a fan, he’ll be very proud.