- Began a friendship with musician Lenny Kravitz (whom she refers to as her brother) when they were kids.
- Received a law degree before pursuing a career in the entertainment industry.
- Became the first black female to host a late-night talk show when she took over NBC's Later in 2000.
- In 2001, performed in the off-Broadway play The Vagina Monologues at The Westside Theatre in New York.
- Has written columns for the magazines LA Confidential and In Style.