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|Born||Golden Ameda Brooks
December 1, 1970
San Francisco, California, United States
Brooks studied literature and sociology, and is a graduate of UC Berkeley. Her concentration was Media Representation of Minorities; her minor was Theater. She earned a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She has a daughter with her former boyfriend D.B. Woodside, Dakota Tao Brooks-Woodside, born on September 1, 2009.
Brooks is best known for her portrayal of the character Maya Wilkes (Joan's former sharp-tongued secretary and now acclaimed author) on the CW sitcom Girlfriends, in which she starred from 2000-2008.
The character Maya is portrayed to be several years younger than the other characters Joan, Toni, and Lynn, but in reality Brooks is the eldest among the actors.
On television, she appeared in a 2000 episode of The Jamie Foxx Show as a girl named Nancy, whom Jamie confuses with Fancy. In 2001, she appeared in an episode of Moesha, portraying her Girlfriends character Maya Wilkes. She also appeared in an episode of Pete and Pete, playing big Pete's love interest Heather.
In the film Beauty Shop, she appeared alongside Queen Latifah, Alicia Silverstone, and Kevin Bacon. She was also featured in the movie Motives, co-starring with Vivica Fox and Shemar Moore. In April 2011, the straight-to-DVD movie The Inheritance was released. Brooks co-stars in the horror/thriller along with Darrin Dewitt Henson, D.B. Woodside, Keith David and Rochelle Aytes. Additional projects include the 2009 films Polish Bar and My Place in the Horror.
In 2012 Brooks joined the cast of Hart of Dixie for season 2 playing Ruby Jeffries, Mayor Lavon Hayes' ex-girlfriend from high school, who runs against him for mayor. She is good friends with the title character Zoe Hart and a rival of southern belle Lemon Breeland.
- Girl 6 (1996)
- Linc's (1998)
- Timecode (2000)
- Impostor (2002)
- Motives (2004)
- Star Trek: Enterprise, TV series season 4, episode 1 Storm Front Parts 1 & 2, as Alicia Travers (2004)
- Beauty Shop (2005)
- Something New (2006)
- A Good Man Is Hard to Find (2008)
- Polish Bar (2009)
- The Inheritance (formerly titled My Place in the Horror) (2010)
- In Sickness and In Health (2011)
- The Exes TV Series Episode 1, Season One, as Bree Miller (2011)
- The Perfect Gift (2011)
- Hart of Dixie (2012–present)
- The Marriage Lover (2013)
- Goldberg, Lesley (2012-07-21). "'Hart of Dixie' Enlists 'Girlfriends' Alum as Pal for Zoe (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0112001/ Girlfriends
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0885842/ Hustle & Dough
- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032098/ Snap Back
- "Golden Brooks Gets Scary!? The Inheritance, Career Moves and More! Exclusive Interview!". UrbLife.com. April 11, 2011.
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0112001/ Retrieved on 2009-04-02
- "The Perfect Gift Premiere". BET. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Golden Brooks at the Internet Movie Database
- Golden Brooks at AllRovi
- Golden Brooks on Myspace
- Golden Brooks cast bio on The CW
- Golden Brooks's biography on filmbug
- Golden Brooks Feature Story