Was the first African American cheerleader at her high school.
Worked as a waitress in New York City before beginning career as a model at 17 and appearing in commercials and educational films.
Co-founded and performed with R&B/hip hop duo Twise with Marcella "Precise" Brailsford; contributed the track "Paint the World (America's Theme)" to the One Life, Many Voices for Hurricane Relief CD to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
First regular TV work came in 2004 when she was named co-host of Best Friend's Date on the N Network.
Big break came in 2005 when she was cast as Layla Williamson on One Life to Live.
Made big screen debut in 2010's Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.
Made the leap into producing with the 2016 movie Southside With You, in which she plays a young Michelle Obama.
Arthur Curtis Sumpter Sr. — Father
Hosea Chanchez — Ex-husband
Ella-Loren — Daughter
Janice Acquista — Mother
Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York, United States