She got her first role as a voice actor for the cartoon Inspector Gadget; she played Gadget's niece named Penny.
She is best known as the college student Freddie Brooks on the NBC sitcom A Different World.
Her father Don Francks and her brother, Rainbow Francks, are both actors. She married Angelo Pullens and the couple had two children.
Lenny Kravitz produced an album she released called Street Faerie.