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Khandi Alexander

Best known for "NewsRadio," "HBO's The Corner," "E.R." and "CSI: Miami," New Yorker Khandi Alexander began her career as a dancer on Broadway. She choreographed Whitney Houston's World Tours as well as music videos for David Bowie and others, while also working closely with Kenny Ortega.

Ms. Alexander had iconic turns in the feature films "CB4" and "There's Something About Mary." Her performance as 'LaDonna Batiste-Williams' in HBO's "Treme," has given her the utmost critical acclaim. Her theatre credits include 'Velma Kelly' in "Chicago," as well as leading roles in "Bones," "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?," "The Horrible and Tragic Life of The Singing Nun" and "The Wedding Band."

Most recently, viewers reveled in her portrayal of 'Mama Pope' in ABC's "Scandal." She will be seen next opposite Queen Latifah in HBO's "Bessie" for director Dee Rees.