Was a classmate of Barack Obama at Harvard Law School.
Published Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny, which provides guidance to black teens, in 2006; and later created the MANifest Your Destiny foundation, which provides scholarships and mentoring resources to disadvantaged students.
Volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Los Angeles.
Received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series three years in a row (2008-10) for his portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY.
Was a 2011 recipient of the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Award, which honors influential African-Americans.
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BA, 1988); Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (JD, MA 1992)