- Emigrated from Barbados to Atlanta, Georgia, at the age of 10 with her family.
- Could not find work as a pilot after graduating college with a degree in aeronautical science, so she moved back to Atlanta to pursue a career in acting.
- Received the Backstage Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist and Cabaret Debut for her role in What a Day to Daydream in 1998.
- Performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for four seasons, with roles including Rosalind in As You Like It, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Susie in Wit.
- In 2005, received the Ovation Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play and the NAACP Award for Best Actress for her role in Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman.
- In 2012, received the Featured Performance Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and the Ovation Award for Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Ruth Younger in Raisin in the Sun.
- Was a celebrity judge for the Center Theatre Group's August Wilson Monologue Competition in 2016.