Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi
Teen singing sensation-turned television star, she is evidently the perfect teen role model, receiving the 1997 Image Award. She also has the MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Song under her belt for Waiting to Exhale's (1995) “Up in My Room”. Currently the star of UPN's Moesha (1996–2001), she also starred opposite Whitney Houston in Cinderella (1997) and continues her singing career. Her first single,“ I Wanna Be Down” (1994) led to her eponymous debut album later that year, and to Never Say Never (1998) and Full Moon (20032). Her film career includes appearances in Arachnophobia (1990), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and Double Platinum (1999). She was married to music producer Robert Smith 2001–2003 and had a daughter in 2002.