Film and television actress introduced to audiences at a young age in the film Eve's Bayou. She later had a role in the Tyler Perry film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor and was cast as Black Canary in the Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey.
She was ten years old when cast for the role of Eve in Eve's Bayou (1997).
She had recurring television roles as Lisa Tyler in The Defenders and Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights.
She has five siblings, Jussie, Jake, Jazz, Jojo and Jocqui. She married Josiah Bell in 2010 and the couple welcomed a son named Hunter in November 2016.
She acted with Denzel Washington in the Golden Globe-nominated film The Great Debaters (2007).