Taral Hicks

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Taral Hicks
Born (1974-09-21) September 21, 1974 (age 43)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Education Grace Dodge Vocational High School
Occupation Actress, Singer, Teacher
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Loren Dawson (m. 2001)
Family D'atra Hicks (sister)
Website twitter.com/TaralHicks

Taral Hicks (born September 21, 1974 in The Bronx, New York) is an American actress and singer. She is most known for her role as Jane Williams in the 1993 American crime drama film A Bronx Tale alongside Robert De Niro. She also recorded a cover version of Deniece Williams's 1981 song "Silly" for her 1997 debut studio album This Time which peaked at #4 on Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.


Hicks co-starred in the musical stage play Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place with Paris Bennett, Cassi Davis, Jeffrey Lewis, and Melonie Daniels. It had a 3-day run beginning August 30, 2011 in Atlanta, GA (Cobb Energy Center) and was filmed for a DVD release on June 12, 2012.[1]


Hicks began her film career with a role alongside Robert De Niro in the 1993 film, A Bronx Tale. Her subsequent film roles were small: 1995's Just Cause with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne, and 1996's Educating Matt Waters and The Preacher's Wife with Whitney Houston. She appeared in the movie Belly in 1998. In 2000, she appeared on screen in the short film, Are You Cinderella?, with actor Wood Harris. Her later film roles were in independent films such as 2005's The Salon, with Vivica A. Fox, Dondre Whitfield, and Darrin Henson; 2006's Forbidden Fruits with Ella Joyce, Fredro Starr, and R&B singer Keith Sweat; 2007's Humenetomy; and 2010's Ex$pendable. Disciple, a psychological thriller about a serial killer terrorizing a small town. She plays an attorney who gets involved in the sick twist of the town's brutal crimes. The film stars Persia White and Tanya Thompson and is directed by The Clark Brothers.


Hicks featured in the HBO television series Subway Stories in 1997. Two guest roles followed: 2002's 100 Centre Street in the episode titled "Fathers", and a 2003 episode of Soul Food: The Series titled "The New Math".


In 1995, Hicks signed a deal with Motown Records and released an album titled This Time. The single "Ooh, Ooh Baby", written by and featuring Missy Elliott, charted on the Billboard R&B singles chart. However, the lead single intended to debut her singing career was "Distant Lover", an uptempo track produced by Teddy Riley. The album did not take off until the second single, "Silly", a remake of the classic R&B hit by Deniece Williams, was released. Featuring a black-and-white music video directed by Hype Williams, the single charted well on the R&B chart. After collaborating on the video for "Silly", Williams cast Hicks as in his directorial film debut, 1998's Belly, as Keisha, DMX's girlfriend. The video for "Silly" appeared in one of the film's scenes. Hicks has expressed interest in pursuing a career in gospel music.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Hicks graduated in 1993 from Grace Dodge Vocational High School in Bronx, New York.[3] She is the younger sister of actress and singer D'atra Hicks. Hicks is currently married to Loren Dawson, with whom she had two sons, and lives in North Jersey, where she is working as a teacher.

Chart positions[edit]


Year Album Peak Position
Billboard Hot 200 Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
1997 This Time


Year Song Peak Position
Billboard Hot 100 Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
1996 "Ooh, Ooh Baby" (featuring Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott) 81
1997 "Distant Lover" 60
1998 "Silly" 104[4] 54
"How Can I Get Over You"


Year Film Role
1993 A Bronx Tale Jane Williams
1995 Just Cause Lena
1998 Belly Keisha

Music video appearances[edit]

Music video appearances
Year Video Artist
1994 "Think of You" Usher
1999 "B-Boy Document '99" The High & Mighty featuring Mos Def and Mad Skillz
2002 "Put That Woman First" Jaheim


  1. ^ says, UrbanBridgez com (11 June 2012). "Tyler Perry's Aunt Bam's Place Starring Paris Benet & Taral Hicks Comes to DVD Tomorrow". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Taral Hicks: From The Belly of the Beast Archived 2009-09-04 at the Wayback Machine. By DeVaughn Douglas Tuesday, September 01, 2009 2:35 PM – All Hip Hop.com
  3. ^ Beckerman, Jim. Her older sister, D'Atra Hicks, has appeared in several Tyler Perry productions. "WHERE STARS ARE BORN", The Record (Bergen County), August 19, 2000. Accessed July 3, 2007. "When Shanell Jones graduated from Teaneck High School in June, she already had a deal with Def Jam, a major recording label. But as former Motown Records artist Taral Hicks (Grace Dodge, Class of 1993) and Alligator recording artist Shemekia Copeland (Teaneck, Class of 1997) could tell her, that's no big deal in this neck of the woods."
  4. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Retrieved 15 May 2017. 

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