Actress who earned an Academy Award nomination for her role as
She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1983. After graduation, she worked as a receptionist at a beauty salon then began landing roles in a number of New York stage productions.
She made brief appearances in the films F/X and Kindergarten Cop, then had one of her first prominent film roles in the 1991 drama Boyz in the Hood, playing the character Reva Devereaux.
She was nominated for a BET Award for Best Actress for her role as Rosa Parks in the 2002 film The Rosa Parks Story.