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Gabrielle Union appears in a scene from the 2012 film Think Like A Man. / Gabrielle Union appears in a scene from the 2000 film Bring It On. - Provided courtesy of Universal Studios / Screen Gems

Gabrielle Union, UCLA alum: 'Looks fade ... education is forever'

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06/08/2011 by Corinne Heller

Gabrielle Union, star of films such as "10 Things I Hate About You" and "Bring It On," appears to be angry about people who value fame over education in United States, based on a recent Twitter rant.

"When a parent can tell me their childs fave basketball player/rapper/actor but doesn't know the name of their kids teacher #RAGE," she Tweeted late on Sunday, January 19. "Great ur kid wants to model...but is she a MODEL STUDENT?! We've gotta get serious about education! #RAGE."

"You can't blame the kids if the adults are the ones distracted from what's truly important...education is key!" she added. "It takes a village...even if u don't have kids or urs are grown, sometimes its just a word, gesture, lil effort 2 show kids the way #education. Looks fade, money runs dry, fame leaves, entourage moves on 2 stuck some1 else dry...Education is forever."

The 39-year-old actress and Nebraska native, who is dating NBA star Dwayne Wade, has no children herself. She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles."

"Sociology degree from UCLA paid 4 w/ student loans & job at the book store :)" she Tweeted, when asked by a Twitter follower about her own education history, later adding: "I started at Nebraska transferred 2 UCLA, close enuff 2 home but far enuff my dad wasn't droppin by!"

Union graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television in 1996, several years after she began her on-screen acting career. The actress started out with small television roles on shows as "Family Matters," "Moesha," "Sister, Sister," "Saved By The Bell: The New Class" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" before landing the recurring part of Keesha Hamilton on "7th Heaven."

In 1999, she played Katie in the teen comedy "She's All That" and Chastity, the "frenemy" of high school princess Bianca, in the film "10 Things I Hate About You." In 2000, she played a cheerleader from a rival high school who goes up against Kirsten Dunst's character and her squad in the movie "Bring It On."

Union went on to star on shows such as "Night Stalker," "Ugly Betty" and the short-lived ABC show "FlashForward." She also played Geneva Wade in the 2008 film "Cadillac Records." The movie stars Beyonce as legendary R&B and soul singer Etta James, who died on Friday, January 20, after battling leukemia.

"We've lost another treasure," Union Tweeted. "RIP ETTA JAMES."

Union can be seen next in Tyler Perry's new romantic comedy film "Good Deeds," which is out on February 24, and in "Think Like a Man," another romcom starring Chris Brown, Kevin Hart, Kelly Rowland, Taraji P. Henson and Jerry Ferrara, who played Turtle on "Entourage." The movie is based on a book by Steve Harvey and is set to hit theaters on March 9.

Union and Hart are also among the celebrities who have filmed segments for Bounce TV's Black History Month specials, which include documentaries about slavery, the Civil Rights movement and the "explosion of Hip Hop." The network is located on the digital signals of local television stations.

Check out a trailer for "Think Like A Man" below.

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