- 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
- Maurice Oldham — Ex-husband
- Carl Seaton — Significant Other
- JaelaRose — Daughter
- Marvin Trammel — Father
- AjaBleu — Daughter
- Erma Trammel — Mother
- Attended Minneapolis Community College, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States; University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, United States (BA in Communications)
- Birth Name: Kimberly Elise Trammel
- Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- Profession: Actor
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