King got her big break as Brenda Jenkins on 227. The too-smart-for-her-own-good character proved to show King’s versatility. From there King reigned over Hollywood putting her mark on the big screen in feature films Boyz N the Hood, Jerry Maguire and Enemy of the State. King expanded her silver-screen star power in the 2000s starring opposite Chris Rock in Down to Earth, Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care and Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in Ray. King also pulled small-screen double duty voicing characters on the animated series The Boondocks and starring as Detective Lydia Adams on the critically acclaimed police drama Southland.
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