American actress best known for starring in several blaxploitation films, as well as for her performance as Kit Porter in six seasons of The L Word.
She worked as a receptionist at the American International Pictures company.
She received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown. She also received an Emmy nomination for her voiceover work in Happily Ever After.
She grew up a military brat, moving to several places around the U.S. and the U.K. She has two siblings, Rodney and Gina. She has dated Kareem Abdul-Jabar. She became engaged to Kevin Evans in 1997, but the two never married.
Her first major role was as the title character in Foxy Brown, opposite Antonio Fargas.