- One of her college friends was singer-musician Duncan Sheik.
- Worked as a fashion editor for Mirabella and New York magazines.
- Big TV break came in 1997 when she won the hosting gig for The Dish, a weekly pop-culture magazine on Lifetime.
- Appeared in two Kanye West videos: "The New Workout Plan" (2004) and "Touch the Sky" (2006).
- Cites Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball as her idols.
- Has received eight NAACP Image Award nominations in the Outstanding Actress in a Comedy category for her role on Girlfriends; she won twice.
- Is passionately involved with a number of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk teens, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and Aviva Family and Children's Services in Los Angeles.
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
- 2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- 2017, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Robert Ellis Silberstein — Father
- Evan Ross — Half Brother
- Diana Ross — Mother
- Rhonda Ross Kendrick — Half Sister
- Chudney Lane Silberstein — Sister
- Ross Naess — Half Brother
- Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, United States (BA in Theatre Arts, 1994)
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