Is a member of the Gamma Psi chapter of the sorority Delta Sigma Theta.
Played Ariel, opposite Patrick Stewart's Prospero, in the New York Shakespeare Festival's 1995 production of The Tempest.
Was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in the 2000 film Men of Honor.
Received the Rising Star Award from Delta Sigma Theta in 2010.
2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
Attended Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi, United States; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BA in African-American Studies, 1992); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY, United States (MA in Acting)
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States