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Union, Gabrielle

Union, Gabrielle

October 29, 1973 Omaha, Nebraska

Actress

While many who have seen her perform mention her beauty, natural ability, and star quality, Gabrielle Union did not set out to be an actress. After an internship in the office of a modeling agency during her college years, Union was invited to get in front of the camera. She gave it a try, and the modeling soon led to small roles in television shows. Those in turn led to small roles in feature films, and by 2000, just a few years after her first television appearances, Union had won a major role in the popular movie Bring It On, starring Kirsten Dunst (1982). Since then she has been offered significant parts in a steady stream of films, including Two Can Play That Game (2001), Deliver Us from Eva (2003), and Breakin'All the Rules (2004). She costarred alongside Martin Lawrence (1965) and Will Smith (1968) in the 2003 blockbuster Bad Boys II. Not a bad resume for someone who had never studied acting and who once told Jeffrey Epstein of E! Online that she used to think acting was a "cheesy profession." Her list of accomplishments is even more impressive considering the general lack of decent roles for African American actors. In spite of poor odds, Union has forged a successful career, scoring one good role after another while at the same time maintaining a level head and a sharp sense of humor.

"Hey, I'm just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I'm having fun, I'll do it. When it stops being fun, I'll try something else. Maybe I'll open up a chain of Popeye's Chicken."

A Midwestern gal

Gabrielle Monique Union was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1973, the middle child in a family of three daughters. Her parents, Sylvester and Teresa, both worked as managers for the telecommunications company AT&T; her father also served in the military, reaching the rank of sergeant. Union's early childhood years were spent as part of a rich black community and as part of a large family that had been in the Omaha area for many generations. Her sense of belonging and connection to the community changed when Union was about eight years old. In 1981 her father was transferred, and the family moved to Pleasanton, a predominantly white suburban neighborhood in northern California. Union's mother made sure her daughters received an education in black culture and history, but Union still longed to have the companionship of other black girls. She told Savoy magazine, in an article that appeared on the Gabrielle Union Fan Club Web site, "I wanted the camaraderie. I can tell you anything you want to know about any [black] writer or about any event, but I didn't have the friendships." Her parents felt strongly that their daughters should hold onto family ties, and they often returned to Nebraska during her childhood summers. In spite of the fact that she has spent most of her life in California, Union still considers herself a Midwesterner.

During her high school years Union was a talented, hard-working athlete, excelling at soccer, track, and basketball. She also performed well in the classroom, making the dean's list at Foothill High in Pleasanton. Much of her motivation for success came from her father, who continually pushed her to improve. She recalled to Clarissa Cruz of Entertainment Weekly the type of lecture she often heard from her father: "You are the only black person in your whole class. You're gonna have to prove to them every day that you're just as smart, if not smarter. Just as good, if not better. Just as fast, if not faster." This placed twice the pressure on Union to succeed, as she told Entertainment Weekly, "So not only am I trying to beat all my classmates, I'm trying to prove to my dad that I'm living up to his expectations." After graduating, Union returned to her childhood hometown, attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL). She went back to California after one semester, however, finding it hard to fit in socially at UNL. She attended one semester at Cuesta College in Southern California, but then dropped out, unsure what direction her life would take. In 1992, while trying to figure out what to do next, she took a summer job at a Payless shoe store, which would become the site of a horrifying incident.

One evening, as Union and another employee were closing the store, an armed man entered the store, emptied the cash register, and sexually assaulted Union at gunpoint. At one point she was able to get the gun, and attempted to shoot her attacker. The gun jammed, however, and the man beat her and then left the store. He later turned himself in, and Union eventually learned that he was an employee of another Payless store who had robbed several stores and previously raped another Payless employee. He was convicted of his crime against Union, and she went on to successfully sue Payless for their negligence and failure to warn employees of the man's prior crimes and his potential danger to other female workers. Traumatized by the attack, Union sought comfort from her oldest friends. She began meeting with a group of other sexual assault survivors, and for many years she gave talks in support of other victims.

Graduating to the silver screen

Union then moved on to complete her college education, graduating from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1996. During her senior year at UCLA, Union sought to add additional credits to her regular class schedule by finding an internship. She became a temporary office worker at a modeling agency, where clients repeatedly mistook her for one of the models. After she graduated, the agency invited her to sign on with them as a model and Union agreed, eager to begin paying off her student loans before entering law school. She soon found herself gracing the pages of publications such as Teen magazine. After modeling for a short time, Union decided to try her hand at acting. Her first audition, in 1996, resulted in a guest part on the television show Saved by the Bell: The New Class. Over the next few years, Union won a succession of guest roles on such programs as Moesha, Sister, Sister, and ER. She had a recurring role on Seventh Heaven, and in 2001 made a landmark appearance on the long-running sitcom Friends. Union, playing a woman who dates both Joey and Ross, had the distinction of being the first minority love interest on the show.

In the midst of her steady television appearances, Union also began winning small roles in feature films. She appeared in a string of teen-oriented movies, including She's All That, 10 Things I Hate about You (both released in 1999), and Love and Basketball (2000). With her role as cheerleading captain Isis opposite Kirsten Dunst in Bring It On (2000), Union crossed over into movie-star territory. She trained hard for the rolegaining new respect for cheerleadersand brought to the character a sense of uncompromising inner strength. The movie was a big hit, and Union found herself with millions of new fans. Around the same time she scored a lead role on the short-lived television series City of Angels. Union enjoyed her character, a surgical resident in a Los Angeles hospital, but when the series was canceled, her schedule could more easily accommodate film roles. And the roles kept coming, with Union appearing in two major films in 2001. Both films, The Brothers and Two Can Play That Game, featured black casts and dealt with issues of romance, commitment, and faithfulness. In the midst of her busy schedule, Union managed to fit in her wedding to Chris Howard, a former running back for the Jacksonville (Florida) Jaguars. Howard had moved to Los Angeles after his football career ended, in order to be closer to Union. He became a sports therapist and worked for the Fox Sports network.

Union encountered another busy year in 2002, appearing in two films. In Welcome to Collinwood, which stars Luis Guzmán, William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, and Patricia Clarkson, Union portrays a young blind girl named Michelle. To research the role, she spent time with a blind woman at the Braille Institute. In Abandon, a campus thriller starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt, Union portrays a friend of Holmes's character. While both movies offered Union a chance to explore new types of roles, she longed for a more significant movie part.

The following year she got that role, playing the title character in Deliver Us from Eva. The film, loosely based on the play The Taming of the Shrew by English poet and playwright William Shakespeare (15641616), tells the story of eldest daughter Eva, who takes over as guardian of her three younger sisters after the death of their parents. She continues to exert control over their lives even as they reach adulthood, much to the dismay of their husbands and boyfriends. The men hatch a plot to stop Eva from meddling in their affairs. They pay a local ladies' man, portrayed by rapper/actor LL Cool J, to date Eva, make her fall in love with him, and then take her out of their lives. Naturally the plan is complicated when the playboy falls in love with Eva, and she with him. While reviewers offered only lukewarm praise for the film, it met with success at the box office, earning close to $20 million. The film's director, Gary Hardwick, offered warm praise for Union in an article in Jet: "She's a wonderful actress, very gifted and with marvelous comic timing. She's sexy, and she can make you laugh or she can make you cry. You want to watch her to see just exactly what she's going to do next. She has all the tools of a leading lady."

Also in 2003, Union appeared in Cradle 2 the Grave, an action movie starring martial arts star Jet Li, rapper DMX, and comedian Anthony Anderson. She also scored a significant role in Bad Boys II, one of the biggest hits of the summer of 2003, in which Union played the role of Syd, the half-sister of Martin Lawrence's character and the love interest for Will Smith's character. Union returned to the romantic comedy genre in 2004 with a starring role in Breakin'All the Rules. Also featuring Jamie Foxx and Morris Chestnut, Rules is a mistaken-identity romp that examines the absurd behavior of those desperate to maintain or get out of a relationship. Joe Leydon listed Union's charms in a Daily Variety review of Rules, writing that "Union once again evidences (as in Deliver Us from Eva ) impressive range and star presence as she comes off smart and sexy, feisty and vulnerable."

Despite her increasingly high profile, Union has retained her down-to-earth personality. She appreciates the salaries she earns for her film roles and the recognition given for her work, but has tried to keep things in perspective. She shared advice for other young actors with Lori Talley of Back Stage West: "Don't just concentrate on the business.... Have a life outside of this and have other interests, because those are the things that keep you working."

Cruz praised Union's "Midwestern-girl-next-door sensibility that sets her apart from the fleet of glamourous starlets that regularly dock on Tinseltown shores." Union and her husband share a modest Los Angeles home with a mortgage that will still be manageable if the film roles suddenly dry up. She told Tom Gliatto of People: "If I had to go work as a social worker, I could still afford it. We squirrel away a lot. I don't live for today. I live for twenty years down the road." While Union prepares for plan "B"saving money for her post-acting daysmany fans and industry insiders look ahead with certainty to the day in the near future when Union will rise to the position of an A-list movie star.

For More Information

Periodicals

Cruz, Clarissa. "And They Call It Buppie Love." Entertainment Weekly (April 25, 2003): p. 70.

Gliatto, Tom. "Union's Dues." People (August 11, 2003): p. 75.

Leydon, Joe. "Breakin'All the Rules. " Daily Variety (May 14, 2004): p. 2.

"LL Cool J & Gabrielle Union Star in Romantic Comedy Deliver Us from Eva. " Jet (February 17, 2003): p. 58.

Talley, Lori. "Proud Model." Back Stage West (March 29, 2001): p. 7.

Web Sites

Epstein, Jeffrey. "Gabrielle Union: Bring It On." E! Online. http://www.eonline.com/Celebs/Who/gu.html (accessed on August 12, 2004).

"Gabrielle Union." Savoy (February 2000). Appears at Gabrielle Union Fan Club. http://www.gabrielleunionfanclub.com/articles/savoy.htm (accessed on August 12, 2004).

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Union, Gabrielle 1973–

Gabrielle Union 1973

Actress

Disillusioned in College

Began Modeling for Money

Selected filmography

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Gabrielle Union is an actress who never intended to become an actor. Despite the fact that she was not involved in the theater during her high school or college years, and never had academic training in acting, Gabrielle Union has become one of Americas top young actresses. She has had guest appearances on several television series and landed a major role on Steven Bochcos City of Angels. Union has also appeared on the popular television show Friends, portraying an African-American character involved in a romantic relationship-a first for that particular show. After appearing on several television shows, Union tried her hand at acting for the big screen. After playing some minor roles in several well-received movies including Ten Things I Hate About You and Shes All That, Union was cast as a major character in movies such as Bring It On and The Brothers. Since the beginning of her acting career, in 1996, she has had a steady stream of acting jobs that have revealed her integrity and talent.

Disillusioned in College

Union was born on October 29, 1973 in Omaha, Nebraska, but was raised in Pleasanton, California. Though the small town was populated by mostly white people, Unions mother made sure that Union and her siblings learned about their Black heritage. As a high school student Union was a member of several sports teams, including basketball, soccer, and track.

After finishing high school, Union attended the University of Nebraska, where she was a member of the soccer team. However, her Pleasanton background caused friction between her and other African-American students. She endured harassing phone calls because other students felt she was too friendly with white students, according to Savoy magazine.

After one semester, Union transferred to Cuesta College in southern California. She only lasted a semester before returning home. Disillusioned and full of self doubt, Union found work at the local Payless Shoe Source. Though most of her friends worked there, this store would be the place where Union would go through one of her most painful moments.

One night, while Union was closing the store with another woman, a man entered and pulled out a gun. He cleaned out the register and forced Union into a storage

At a Glance

Born on October 29, 1973, in Omaha, Nebraska. Education: Attended University of Nebraska; Cuesta College; UCLA, sociology.

Career: Began as model; actress. TV: Moesha, 1996; Malibu Shores, 1996; Saved By The Bell, 1996; 7th Heaven, 1996-99; Goode Behavior, 1996; Sister, Sister, 1997; Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1997; Guys Like Us, 1998; Clueless, 1999; Grown Dps, 1999; ER, 2000; The Others, 2000; Zoe, Duncan, Jack & jane, 2000; City of Angels, 2000; Friends, 2001; TV movies: H-E Double Hockey Sticks, ABC, 1999; Films: Shes All That, 1999; 10 Things I Hate About You, 1999; Switch, 1999; Love & Basketball, 2000; Bring It On, 2000; The Brothers, 2001; Two Can Play That Game, 2001.

Awards: Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress (Bring It On), 2001.

Addresses: c/o Sutton, Barth, and Venari, 145 S. Fairfax Avenue, suite 310, Los Angeles, CA, 90036

area where he raped her. He laid the gun down next to her and once he was done, asked her to hand the gun to him. Union grabbed it and tried to shoot him but the gun jammed. Her rapist then beat her into a bloody mess. Police later discovered that Unions attacker had been employed at another Payless and had actually robbed other Payless stores and raped another woman. Union sued Payless for not informing its employees of the robberies and won. She then began the long road to recovery. She also encourages other rape victims to overcome their experience and move on with their lives.

Began Modeling for Money

She later transferred to UCLA, where she graduated with honors, earning a degree in sociology. In her junior year, Union, who at that time was contemplating law school, took a modeling internship to cover some of her college expenses. Modeling naturally led to acting. Union explained to Jeffrey Epstein of E! Online: I didnt want to act. I thought is was a cheesy profession-but when I was a junior, I got an internship at a modeling agency. When my internship ended, they said, Wed be interested in representing you. I was like, If you think someone will pay me to be cheesy, sure, whatever! Her first modeling job was for Teen Magazine and her first television roles were on Saved By The Bell and Moesha, both in 1996. She has also appeared on such shows as Daves World and the Steve Harvey Show, and also had a recurring role on 7th Heaven.

Although Union initially regarded acting as cheesy, she eventually ended up taking the profession very seriously. Union, who uses the set as her acting class, admitted to Venice magazines B. Jade Landry, I used to feel like a fraud, and I would have this urge to act, but it just looked so forced. However, professionals did not view her as a fraud. For example, actress Jenifer Lewis told Gabrielle, Whatever it is that youre doing is so completely honest, dont change a thing, she recalled to Venice. Furthermore, Union is known for paying attention to detail and is not afraid to ask questions of other actors. Before filming Bring It On, where Union plays the captain of an inner-city cheerleading squad, she and her team mates went off to cheerleading camp. Although Union was a cheerleader in eighth grade and an active athlete during high school, she finished the cheer camp smelling of Ben-Gay and with a new respect for the young men and women who are on cheerleading teams. Before playing surgical resident, Courtney Ellis, on City of Angels, Union made attempts to visit some hospitals. However, after the entire cast witnessed a death in a South Central L. A. hospital, she instead studied other medical shows on television and also talked with the medical consultant hired by the City of Angels.

Union modeled herself after veteran actors that she admired. Interviewer B. Jade Landry wrote, One thing about Gabrielleshe doesnt find soul in the hoopla of stardom. She wishes to make her mark as a lady of authority and independence, worthy of carrying herself in the manner of her mentor, screen goddess Diahann Carroll. As a young girl, Union loved to watch Carroll on the dramatic television series, Dynasty. A fan of Carrolls, Union studied other parts that Carroll has played, including her role as a Vietnam widow and single mother who worked as a nurse in the television series, Julia, that aired before Union was born. Discussing Carroll with Essence magazine, Union said, She has never compromised herself on screenever. From Julia to Dynasty. In a review of The Brothers in the Los Angeles Times, Unions style was compared to the pluck, gravitas, and beauty of actress Alfre Woodard.

The Hollywood environment is extremely competitive, with numerous actors vying for the few available roles. Although there are even fewer roles for minority actors, Union does not accept any offers without careful consideration. When Union was asked to play the role of a love interest on Friends, she hesitated, but her peers urged her to accept take the role, arguing that her participation in this popular show would lead to opportunities for other minorities. Union accepted the offer and had a very positive professional experience. She was particularly impressed by the professionalism of Friends cast members David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc. Union told Venice magazine, it was a huge deal for minorities because if felt as if we finally got asked to the danceand we were able to dance.

Union, whose favorite past-time is an impromptu game of flag football with some friends in an empty lot rather than an athletic field, is engaged to Chris Howard, a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Describing Howard as the down-to-earth type, she remarked that what really attracted her to him was the fact that he has his own Scrabble board and Boggle game. In 2000, E!Onlines Epstein asked Union what she wanted to do nextI want to be Miss USA or Miss America. I would bring the trophy back to Nebraska. My interests are agriculture and corn. Hey, Im just riding this train as long as I can. As long as I am having fun Ill do it. When it stops being fun, Ill try something else. Maybe Ill open up a chain of Popeyes Chicken.

Selected filmography

Films

Shes All That, 1998.

10 Things I Hate About You, 1999.

Love and Basketball, 2000.

Bring It On, 2000.

The Brothers, 2001.

Made For Television Movies

H-E-Double Hockey Sticks, ABC, 1999.

Television Series

Moesha, 1996.

7th Heaven, 1996-99.

Saved By The Bell, 1996.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1997.

ER, 2000.

City of Angels, 2000.

Friends, 2001.

Sources

Periodicals

Essence, April 2001.

Savoy, February 2001.

Online

E!Online, www.eonline.com/Celebs/Who/gu.html

Venice Magazine, www.angelfire.com/celeb/unionfan/articles/Venice.htm

http://celebs.absolutenow.com/gabrielle_union/Biography.html

http://www.reelimages.com/txt_features/conversations/conversation_with_gabrielle_union/html

Christine Miner Minderovic

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Union, Gabrielle 1972–

Union, Gabrielle 1972–

(Gabrielle M. Union)

PERSONAL

Full name, Gabrielle Monique Union; born October 29, 1972, in Omaha, NE; daughter of Sylvester (a high school basketball referee) and Theresa Union; married Chris Howard (a professional football player), May 5, 2001 (separated, October 2005). Education: University of California Los Angeles, B.S. (with honors), sociology; also attended the University of Nebraska and Cuesta College.

Addresses:

Agent—United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Jeff Morrone Management, 9350 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 224, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist—Baker/Winokur/Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., 6th Floor, West Tower, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Career:

Actress. Also worked as a model and at a modeling agency. Appeared in television commercial for Neutrogena cleanser, 2004. Previously worked at a shoe store during the early 1990s.

Awards, Honors:

Young Hollywood Award, one to watch—female, Movieline, 2001; Black Reel Award, theatrical—best supporting actress, 2001, for Bring It On; Black Reel Award nomination, theatrical—best supporting actress, 2002, for The Brothers; Rising Star Award, American Black Film Festival, 2003; Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award nomination—female, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 2004, for Cradle 2 the Grave and Bad Boys II; BET Comedy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a box office movie, Black Entertainment Television, 2004, Black Reel Award nomination, best actress—musical or comedy, Image Award nomination, outstanding actress in a motion picture, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 2005, all for Breakin' All the Rules; Image Award nomination, outstanding supporting actress in a motion picture, 2004, for Bad Boys II; Image Award nomination, outstanding actress in a motion picture, Black Reel Award nomination, best supporting actress—network/cable television, BET Comedy Award, outstanding lead actress in a box office movie, 2004, all for Deliver Us From Eva; Black Reel Award nomination, best supporting actress—network/cable television, Image Award nomination, outstanding actress in a television movie, miniseries or dramatic special, 2005, both for Something the Lord Made; BET Comedy Award nomination, outstanding lead actress in a theatrical film, 2005, for The Honeymooners; Palm Beach International Film Festival Award, best actress, 2006, for Neo Ned.

CREDITS

Film Appearances:

Katie, She's All That, Miramax, 1999.

Chastity, 10 Things I Hate about You, Buena Vista, 1999.

Shawnee, Love and Basketball (also known as Love & Basketball), New Line Cinema, 2000.

Isis, Bring It On, Universal, 2000.

Denise Johnson, The Brothers, Screen Gems, 2001.

Conny Spalding, Two Can Play That Game, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Michelle, Welcome to Collinwood (also known as Safecrackers oder diebe haben's schwer), Warner Bros., 2002.

Amanda Luttrell, Abandon, Paramount, 2002.

Evangeline "Eva" Dandridge, Deliver Us From Eva, USA Films, 2003.

Herself, Behind the Scenes of "Deliver Us From Eva" (documentary short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2003.

Daria, Cradle 2 the Grave, Warner Bros., 2003.

Syd, Bad Boys II (also known as Good Cops: Bad Boys II), Columbia, 2003.

Masked woman, Ride or Die (also known as Hustle and Heat), Destination Films, 2003.

Nicky Callas, Breakin' All the Rules, Screen Gems, 2004.

Carmel Boxer, Constellation, Freestyle Releasing, 2005.

Rachael, Neo Ned, Kismet Entertainment Group, 2005.

Alice Kramden, The Honeymooners, Paramount, 2005.

Elise Carter, Say Uncle, TLA Releasing, 2005.

Dorothy, Running With Scissors, Tristar Pictures, 2006.

Daddy's Little Girls, Lions Gate Films, 2007.

Nancy, Perfect Christmas, Warner Bros., 2007.

Television Appearances; Series:

Keesha Hamilton, a recurring character, 7th Heaven, The WB, 1996–99.

Dr. Courtney Ellis, City of Angels, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Gabrielle, H E Double Hockey Sticks, ABC, 1999.

Clara Thomas, Something the Lord Made, HBO, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Felicia, Grown Ups, ABC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Young Hollywood Awards, 2001.

Sizzlin' 16 of 2002, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

The 34th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2003.

Reel Comedy: Bad Boys II, Comedy Central, 2003.

Presenter, 3rd Annual Taurus World Stunt Awards, USA Network, 2003.

The GQ Men of the Year Awards, Spike TV, 2003.

Video Game Awards 2004, Spike TV, 2004.

The Second Annual Vibe Awards, UPN, 2004.

The 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2004.

4th Annual BET Awards, Black Entertainment Television, 2004.

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2005.

Presenter, The 2005 American Music Awards, ABC, 2005.

Alice Kramden, Showtime Special: The Honeymooners, Showtime, 2005.

BET Awards, Black Entertainment Television, 2005.

All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years, Black Entertainment Television, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Shannon Everett, "The Competitive Edge," Malibu Shores, CBS, 1996.

Jennifer, "The Tall and the Short of It," Saved by the Bell: The New Class, 1996.

Carly, "Oh Dad, Poor Dad," Dave's World, CBS, 1996.

Tracey Monoghan, "Goode and Scared," Goode Behavior, UPN, 1996.

Tracey Monoghan, "Goode Golly, Miss Molly," Goode Behavior, UPN, 1996.

Tracey Monoghan, "Goode Grades," Goode Behavior, UPN, 1996.

Ashli, "Friends," Moesha, UPN, 1996.

Vanessa, "Guardian Angel," Sister, Sister, The WB, 1996.

Shawn, "Show Me the Money," Sister, Sister, The WB, 1997.

Soul, "The Godfather: Not the Movie," Hitz, UPN, 1997.

Lydia, "Don't Do That Thing You Do," Smart Guy, 1997.

Rebecca, Clueless, ABC, 1997.

Katisha Grant, "The Date," City Guys, NBC, 1997.

N'Garen, "Sons and Daughters," Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (also known as DS9, Deep Space Nine, and Star Trek: DS9), syndicated, 1997.

Naomi Parson, "The He–Man, Player–Hater's Club," The Steve Harvey Show, The WB, 1998.

Felicia, Guys Like Us, 1998.

Lydia, "Prom Misses, Prom Misses," Clueless, ABC, 1999.

Tamara Davis, "Family Matters," ER, 2000.

Lindsay, "Theta," The Others, NBC, 2000.

Lana, "Too Much Pressure," Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (also known as Zoe …), The WB, 2000.

Kristin Lang, "The One with the Cheap Wedding Dress," Friends, NBC, 2001.

Voice of Sunny Stevens/Iesha, "Horray for Iesha," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2003.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2003.

The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, 2003.

"Bad Boys II," HBO First Look, HBO, 2003.

Host, Pepsi Smash, The WB, 2003.

The Sharon Osbourne Show (also known as Sharon), syndicated, 2003.

Tinseltown TV, International Channel, 2003.

Meeshel Anders, "The Benign Prerogative," The West Wing, NBC, 2004.

Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2004.

On–Air with Ryan Seacrest, syndicated, 2004.

Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004, 2005.

Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC, 2004, 2005.

Voice of Shauna, Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia), Fox, 2005.

Perri Reed, "The Five People You Meet in Hell," Night Stalker, ABC, 2005.

Perri Reed, "Malum," Night Stalker, ABC, 2005.

Perri Reed, "Timeless," Night Stalker, ABC, 2005.

Total Request Live (also known as TRL and Total Request with Carson Daly), MTV, 2005.

106 & Park Top 10 Live, Black Entertainment Television, 2005.

The Early Show, CBS, 2005.

The View, ABC, 2005.

"Sexiest Men," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

The Tony Danza Show, syndicated, 2005.

Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2005.

Showbiz Tonight, CNN, 2006.

Entertainment Tonight (also known as E.T.), syndicated, 2006.

RECORDINGS

Music Videos:

Busta Rhymes' "I Love My Bitch," 2006.

Also appeared in LL Cool J's "Paradise."

OTHER SOURCES

Books:

Contemporary Black Biography, Vol. 31, Gale Group, 2001.

Newsmakers, Issue 2, Gale Group, 2004.

Periodicals:

Black Men, October, 2000, p. 97.

Ebony, July, 2005, p. 172.

Entertainment Weekly, April 25, 2003, p. 70.

Essence, March, 2005, p. 142.

Interview, September, 2002, p. 73.

Jet, May 24, 2004, p. 56; November 21, 2005, p. 24.

People Weekly, August 11, 2003, p. 75.

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