Received a 1999 Obie Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play "Everybody's Ruby".
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The thing about the African-American community compared with the white community is, we are more concerned with image and message than execution. I don't play roles that are necessarily attractive or portray a positive image. They are well-rounded characters. When you squelch excellence to put out a message it's like passing the baton and seeing it drop.
Won Broadway's 2001 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for August Wilson
's "King Hedley II." She had previously been nominated in the same category in 1996 for another Wilson play, "Seven Guitars."