Cast (Feature Film)
Music (Feature Film)
Landed her first major role performing for one of the Disney Cruise ships
Finalists on the third season of the Fox reality series "American Idol"; became the sixth of the 12 finalists to be voted off the show
Debuted an original song entitled "Stand Up"
Featured on the song "The Future Ain't What it Used to Be" on the Meat Loaf album <i>Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose</i>
Won an Oscar for her feature film debut as Effie White in the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Dreamgirls"
Co-starred with Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah in the film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's novel <i>The Secret Life of Bees</i>
Cast as the personal assistant to Sarah Jessica Parker's Carrie Bradshaw in the film version of "Sex and the City"
Earned four Grammy nominations for her self-titled debut album, including Best R&B Album
Portrayed Winnie Mandela in the biopic "Winnie"
Appeared in the big screen remake of "The Three Stooges," directed by the Farrelly brothers
Appeared on the series "Smash"
Played the recurring role of Michelle on the series "Empire"
Made her Broadway debut in "The Color Purple"
Played Motormouth Maybelle in the NBC production of "Hairspray Live!"
Appeared in Adam Sandler flop "Sandy Wexler"
Co-starred with Jennifer Ehle and Jeffrey Wright in the crime drama "Monster"
Was handpicked by Aretha Franklin to star in an upcoming Franklin biopic