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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRO-BRITISH " CARMEN EJOGO " IS A BRITISH ACTRESS AND SINGER - HER CARR TOOK OFF IN LONDON HOSTING THE SATURDAY DISNEY MORNING SHOW FROM 1993 TO 1995 : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "

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Carmen Ejogo


Carmen Ejogo
BornCarmen Elizabeth Ejogo
1973 (age 41–42)
KensingtonLondon,England[citation needed]
OccupationActresssinger
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Tricky (1998–2002; divorced)
Jeffrey Wright (2000–2014)
Children2 (with Wright)
Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo (born 1973)[1][2] is a British actress and singer. She began her career as a teenager in London, hosting the Saturday Disney morning show from 1993 to 1995. Her film credits include What's the Worst That Could Happen?Away We Go,SparkleAlex Cross, and The Purge: Anarchy.
Ejogo has appeared as civil rights activist Coretta Scott King in two films: Boycott (2001) and Selma (2014). While preparing for the role in Boycott, she met with King[3] and was given King's blessing for her portrayal.[4]

Personal life

Born and raised in London, Ejogo is the daughter of Elizabeth (née Douglas) and Charles Ejogo.[5] Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.[6] During her childhood, Ejogo remembers her mother as being "a bit of a hippie".[7] Her younger brother is also named Charles Ejogo.[8][9] She attended the Oratory Primary Roman Catholic primary school in Chelsea until 1984.
Ejogo was briefly married to trip-hop artist Tricky.[10] In 2000, she married American actor Jeffrey Wright, whom she met while making the HBO film Boycott. They have a son (Elijah) and a daughter (Juno).[11][12] Ejogo and Wright have since divorced.[13] She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Music

Ejogo has been involved in the music industry, having collaborated with several artists since the 1990s. She presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show, her own video show onBSB's Power Station channel.
She wrote and sang lead vocals on the song "Candles" by English drum 'n' bass DJ Alex Reece — she appeared in the music video and is listed in the production credits as "Carmen". Ejogo also sang vocals and duets with ex-husband Tricky on a song called "Slowly". She sang vocals for the film Love's Labour's Lost (2000).
Aside from "Candles", Ejogo appears on four songs of the Sparkle original soundtrack album from the movie of the same name, singing lead on "Yes I Do" (as a solo), and lead vocals with Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter singing backup on "Jump", "Hooked On Your Love" and "Something He Can Feel".

Filmography

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Absolute BeginnersCarmen
1997MetroRonnie Tate
1998I Want YouAmber
1998The AvengersBrenda
2000Love's Labour's LostMaria
2001PerfumeChloe
2001What's the Worst That Could Happen?Amber Belhaven
2004NoelDr. Matthew Batiste
2007The Brave OneJackie
2008Pride and GloryTasha
2009Away We GoGrace De Tessant
2012SparkleTammy "Sister" Anderson
2012Alex CrossMaria Cross
2014The Purge: AnarchyEva
2014SelmaCoretta Scott KingNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2015Born to Be BlueJane / ElainePost-production

Television


YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Cold LazarusBlinda
1998Catherine Cookson's Colour BlindRose Angela
1998Tube TalesGirlEpisode: "Steal Away"
2000Sally Hemings: An American ScandalSally Hemings
2001BoycottCoretta Scott King
2005Lackawanna BluesAlean
2006–2007KidnappedTurner
2007M.O.N.Y.Francine Tyson
2008Law & OrderApril LannenEpisode: "Burn Card"
2011CHAOSFay Carson
2013Zero HourRebecca "Beck" Riley