Golden Brooks

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Golden Brooks
Born Golden Ameda Brooks
(1970-12-01) December 1, 1970 (age 44)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Education UC Berkeley
Sarah Lawrence College
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) D.B. Woodside (2006–10; 1 child)

Golden Ameda Brooks (born December 1, 1970) is an American actress, best known for her role as Maya Wilkes on the UPN/CW comedy series Girlfriends from 2000 to 2008.

Early life[edit]

Brooks was born in San Francisco, California.[1] As a child, she competed as a figure skater and won several trophies. Brooks is also a classically trained dancer. She studied and taught ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Brooks studied literature and sociology and is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she majored in Media Representation of Minorities with a minor in Theater. Brooks earned a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College.[1]

Career[edit]

In her early career, Brooks was active in the Rodney Theater Company.[1] On television, she has appeared on The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Promised Land, Linc's, and The Jamie Foxx Show as a girl named Nancy, whom Jamie confuses with Fancy. Brooks also appeared in a number of films, like Hell's Kitchen, Timecode, and Impostor.[2]

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 to 2008.[3] In 2001, she appeared in an episode of Moesha, portraying Maya Wilkes. Brooks also directed the 2006 episode titled "Hustle & Dough,"[4] and wrote the 2007 episode titled "Snap Back,"[5] which featured guest star Erykah Badu. The character of Maya is portrayed to be several years younger than the other characters Joan, Toni, and Lynn, however, in reality, Brooks is actually the eldest of the four actors.

Brooks has won Black Reel Awards for 2004 film Motives, co-starring with Vivica Fox and Shemar Moore. She also has starred in Beauty Shop (2005) and Something New (2006). In 2008, Brooks was cast as Kim Kaswell in the Lifetime comedy-drama pilot Drop Dead Diva,[6][7] but later was replaced by Kate Levering. In 2011, she starred in the independent film The Inheritance.[8] In 2012, Brooks joined the cast of Hart of Dixie in 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.[9] In 2014, Brooks stars as one of five leads on the TV One reality series, Hollywood Divas.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Brooks has a daughter with her former boyfriend D.B. Woodside, Dakota Tao Brooks-Woodside, born on September 1, 2009.[12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Drive by: A Love Story Young Tuli Short film
1998 Hell's Kitchen Gold
1998 Zero Stress The Dancer
2000 Timecode Onyx Richardson
2001 Asylum Angela Short film
2001 Impostor Cale's Sister
2004 Motives Allannah James Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Actress in the Independent Film
2005 Beauty Shop Chanel
2006 Something New Suzette
2008 A Good Man Is Hard to Find Rachel
2010 Polish Bar Ebony
2011 The Mudman Mother
2011 The Inheritance Karen American Black Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2011 The Perfect Gift Sandra Harris
2012 A Beautiful Soul Anita Stevens
2012 In Sickness and in Health Hope Television film
2012 The Great Divide Kim
2014 The White Sistas Stone White Also producer
2015 My B.F.F. Sharice Brown
2015 Supermodel

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Pete & Pete Heather Episode: "Crisis in the Love Zone"
1999 Promised Land Erica Sims Episode: "Leaving the Life"
1999 Linc's CeCe Jennings Series regular, 37 episodes
2000 The Parkers Chris Episode: "Since I Lost My Baby"
2000 The Jamie Foxx Show Nancy Episode: "Double or Nothing"
2001 Moesha Maya Wilkes Episode: "That's My Mama"
2002 Haunted Rachel Landry Episode: "Abby"
2004 Enterprise Alicia Travers Episodes: "Storm Front: Part 1" and "Storm Front: Part 2"
2005 Eve LaDonna Episode: "Testing Testing HIV"
2000–2008 Girlfriends Maya Denise Wilkes Series regular, 170 episodes
BET Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2004)
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2003, 2008)
2008 CSI: Miami Pam Dashell Episode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
2011 The Exes Bree Miller Episode: "Pilot"
2012–2013 Hart of Dixie Ruby Jeffries Recurring role, 11 episodes
2014 Hollywood Divas Herself TV One reality series

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Golden Brooks Biography". Buddytv.com. 1970-12-01. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Golden Brooks Credits". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  3. ^ "Golden Brooks | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  4. ^ "Hustle & Dough". IMDb. 
  5. ^ "Snap Back". IMDb. 
  6. ^ "Lifetime pilot adds two". IMDb. 
  7. ^ "Breaking News - Development Update: Thursday, August 7". TheFutonCritic.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  8. ^ "Golden Brooks Gets Scary!? The Inheritance, Career Moves and More! Exclusive Interview!". UrbLife.com. April 11, 2011. 
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2012-07-21). "'Hart of Dixie' Enlists 'Girlfriends' Alum as Pal for Zoe (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (16 May 2014). "TV One Expands ‘Diva’ Franchise w/ Launch of ‘Hollywood D - Shadow and Act". Shadow and Act. 
  11. ^ "Golden Brooks Talks ‘Hollywood Divas’ Drama - The Michigan Chronicle". The Michigan Chronicle. 8 October 2014. 
  12. ^ 4:59:pm. "It'S A Baby Girl For Actors Golden Brooks And D.B. Woodside » Black Celebrity Kids". Blackcelebkids.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 
  13. ^ Michaud, Sarah (2014-03-31). "Golden Brooks, D.B. Woodside Welcome a Daughter - Babies, D.B. Woodside, Golden Brooks". People.com. Retrieved 2014-04-16. 

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