- Father was in the foreign service and the family moved around a lot, living in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Nigeria, Panama, London and Washington, DC.
- Sang at New York restaurants with a jazz musician while in college and did backup vocals for a number of recording artists.
- Was awarded the Robin Williams Scholarship that covered tuition for her final two years at the Juilliard School, and while there, once played Mark Antony in Julius Caesar.
- Skipped her 2007 graduation from Juilliard to shoot The Express (2008), the sports bio about Heisman-winning running back Ernie Davis.
- In 2012, she was awarded the Beah Richards Rising Star Award at the Pan African Film Festival.
- Portrayed baseball star Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel, in the 2013 sports biopic 42.
- Involved in the charitable organization ASTEP (Actors Striving to End Poverty).
- Michael Fassbender — Ex-significant Other
- Colleen Kilgore — Mother
- The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (2007)
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