Born and raised in Philadelphia, Karen is most known for her work in the film Lean on Me with Morgan Freeman, and for her television roles on The Cosby Show, A Different World, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Living Single, and Malcolm and Eddie, to name a few. Most recently she has been in Shameless, Snowfall, Animal Kingdom, How to Get Away with Murder, Veep, Mike and Molly, The Mentalist, and Southland. Her highly recognizable voice was featured on The Disney Channel’s The Proud Family, as the character of Dijonay. Her theatre credits include: You Can’t Take It With You, The Liar, The Wedding Band, and As You Like It (Antaeus Theatre Company), where she is a company member; Permanent Collection, Salt Fish N’ Bakes, and Distracted (Mixed Blood Theatre); The Ballad of Emmett Till (LA Drama Critics Circle Award, LA Ovation Award), Citizen and Runaway Home (The Fountain Theatre); originated role the of Rosa in Chain by Pearl Cleage, and Brown Silk and Magenta Sunsets (RACCA); The Old Settler (International City Theatre - NAACP nomination); the world premiere of In the Valley of the Shadow (Rogue Machine); originated the role Ernestine in the West Coast premiere of Crumbs From the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage (South Coast Rep – NAACP Image Award), and The Talented Tenth (NAACP Image Award). Karen can be seen in the award winning short films The Ties That Bind, Where Do We Go From Here, and the independent feature Silent Cry Aloud. Karen attended The High School for Creative and Performing Arts and holds a BFA from Howard University (Cum Laude).