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  • Wrote and performed her first play in the fourth grade.
  • Worked for public television in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
  • First professional acting job was with Minneapolis's Illusion Theater in 1994. The next year she appeared in an episode of In the House.
  • Won a CableACE award for her work in 1997's The Ditchdigger's Daughters and an NAACP Image Award for 2005's Diary of a Mad Black Woman.
  • Collaborations with actor-director Tyler Perry include Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005) and For Colored Girls (2010).


  • 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee


  • AjaBleu — Daughter
  • Maurice Oldham — Ex-husband
  • Marvin Trammel — Father
  • Carl Seaton — Significant Other
  • JaelaRose — Daughter
  • Erma Trammel — Mother


  • Attended Minneapolis Community College, Minneapolis, MN; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN (BA in Communications)

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  • Birth Name: Kimberly Elise Trammel
  • Birth Place: Minneapolis, MN
  • Profession: Actor

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