- Made her Broadway debut as Grace in the original production of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson in 1990.
- Appeared in several stage productions with the New York Shakespeare Festival on the Delacorte Stage in Central Park.
- Won an Obie Award, Drama Desk Award and Clarence Derwent Award for her role as Veronica in Athol Fugard's Valley Song at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1995.
- Played the role of Black Mary in August Wilson's Broadway production of Gem of the Ocean.
- Received a 2004 Peabody Award for a documentary film she directed titled Beah: A Black Woman Speaks.
- 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Robin D.G. Kelley — Husband
- Tina Hamilton — Mother
- Heidi — Sister
- Ira Hamilton — Father
- Attended Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York, United States (BA in Drama, 1985); The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (MFA in Drama, 1989)
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