White, Karen Malina 1965–

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WHITE, Karen Malina 1965–


Born 1965, in Philadelphia, PA; married Malcolm–Jamal Warner (an actor and director). Education: Howard University, B.F.A. (cum laude); also graduated from Philadelphia School of Creative and Performing Arts. Avocational Interests: Playing Scrabble.


Agent—Leading Artists/SMS Talent, 145 West 45th St., Suite 1204, New York, NY 10036; Vox, Inc., 5670 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 820, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Manager—John Mekrut Management, 10413 Bloomfield St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602.


Actress. Active in Court Appointed Special Advocates (a group representing foster care children).

Awards, Honors:

Young Artist Award nomination, best young actress supporting role in a motion picture, 1990, for Lean on Me; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Award, best supporting actress, 1996, for Crumbs from the Table of Joy; voted Miss Howard University as a senior in college.


Film Appearances:

Kaneesha Carter, Lean On Me, Warner Bros., 1989.

Mary, Once upon a Time … When We Were Colored, 1995.

Fronterz, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Jasmine, In Our Lives, CBS, 1980.

Charmaine Brown, The Cosby Show, NBC, 1990–92.

Charmaine Brown, A Different World, NBC, 1992–93.

Yolanda, a recurring role, Getting By, ABC, 1993–94.

Nicolette Vandross, Malcolm & Eddie, UPN, 1996–2000.

Voice of Dijonay Jones, The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Lisa, "Beautiful Are the Stars," A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989.

"The Poker Hand That Rocks the Cradle," Roc, Fox, 1993.

Rene, "There's a Fly Girl in My Soup," Herman's Head, Fox, 1993.

Sandra, "Father Fairest," Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1993.

Sandra, "Seoul Shake," Hangin' With Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1993.

"God Bless the Child," Roc, Fox, 1993.

"Citizen Roc: Part 2," Roc, Fox, 1994.

Jewel Robertson, "The Ol' Ball and Chain," The Fresh Prince of Bel–Air, NBC, 1994.

Abyssinia Churchill, "Self–Esteem," My So–Called Life, ABC, 1994.

Abyssinia Churchill, "Betrayal," My So–Called Life, ABC, 1995.

Janet, "The B Word," Me and the Boys, ABC, 1995.

Janet, "When Stanley Met Shirley," Me and the Boys, ABC, 1995.

Jennifer Koosman, "Hello Goodbye," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

Nina, "Track Dreams," The Parent 'Hood, The WB, 1995.

"Girlfriendz," Cleghorne!, The WB, 1995.

Leslie, "Laborer of Love," The Home Court, NBC, 1996.

Shayla, "Woman to Woman," Living Single, Fox, 1996.

Natalie, "Do You Want to Know a Secret?," Dave's World, CBS, 1996.

Florence, "Will She or Won't She?," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1996.

Florence, "Security," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1997.

Florence, "The Spa," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, ABC, 1997.

Tracy Donovan, "Mr. Donovan's Neighborhood," Seven Days, UPN, 2000.

"Relief," Strong Medicine, 2001.

Rickie, "City of Roses," Jeremiah, Showtime, 2002.

Dorcell Jenkins, "Barnstormers," The Shield, F/X, 2003.

Voice of Juicy's Poetry Lounge owner, "Tween Town," The Proud Family (animated), The Disney Channel, 2003.

Sonia Williamson, "Chapter Seventy–Eight," Boston Public, Fox, 2004.

Also appeared in "Meter Feeders," Too Something, Fox.

Stage Appearances:

Rosa, Chain (one–woman show), Black Theater Festival, Winston–Salem, NC, 1997.

Narrator, One Race Woman, Winifred B. Harris Between the Lines, 1999.

Narrator, Sister Celebration 2001, Ford Ampitheatre, Santa Monica, CA, 2001.

Sister Celebration, John Anson Ford Theatre, Santa Monica, CA, 2001.

Salt Fish and Bakes, Mixed Blood Theatre, St. Paul, MN, 2003.

Also appeared as Tanya, The Talented Tenth, The Village Theatre, Los Angeles; in Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Los Angeles.


Taped Readings:

Happy Happy Kwanzaa, Kids Creative Classics, 1999.



Horizon, September, 1999.

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