Xosha Kai Roquemore (pronounced Zo-sha) (born December 11, 1984) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Jo Ann in Precious and Tamra in The Mindy Project.
Early life and education
Roquemore was born in Los Angeles in 1984 and is named after the Xhosa people of South Africa. She started acting when she joined The Amazing Grace Conservatory, in ninth grade. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City and graduated from the Tisch program of the New York University.
Roquemore starred in her first major film as Jo Ann in Precious. In 2013 she was cast in a recurring role on Kirstie based on her work in the series' pilot. Her role, however, was recast after she was added as a series regular to The Mindy Project as a result of a three episode guest star stint.
|2008||Shades of Brooklyn Vol. 1||Allison||Short film|
|2009||Precious||Jo Ann||Nominated - Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble|
|2009||Rivers Wash Over Me||Racine Buchanan|
|2011||I Can Smoke?||Shirley||Short film|
|2014||Human Code: Emotions/Society||Video short film|
|2014||Patton Oswalt Confronts His Haters||Short film|
|2008||Viralcom||Showgirl #1||1 episode: "You Got Yourself 30 Seconds"|
|2010||Nurse Jackie||City Island Clerk||1 episode: "Comfort Food"|
|2010||10 Things I Hate About You||Baby||1 episode: "Don't Trust Me"|
|2010||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Trina Smith||1 episode: "Inhumane Society"|
|2010||My Boys||Tracee||1 episode: "The NTO"|
|2010||Playing With Guns||Cinnamon||TV Movie|
|2011||Rescue Me||Jayne||2 episodes: "Jeter", "Vows"|
|2012||Southland||Drea||1 episode: "Community"|
|2013||Kirstie||Tanya||1 episode: "Pilot"|
|2013 - present||The Mindy Project||Tamra Webb||Recurring cast (season 1) |
Main cast (season 2-present)
Awards and nominations
|2009||Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award||Best Ensemble Shared with Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, and Amina Robinson||Precious||Nominated|