Freda Payne worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. A regular on the awards show circuit, she made an appearance on "The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards" (1986-87). She appeared in a number of television specials, including "The Wayne Newton Special" (1974-75) and "The Legendary Ladies" (1986-87). She worked in television in her early acting career, including a part on "Living Single" (1992-98). As a composer, Payne created music for "The Best of Cinemax Sessions" (1989-1990). Her work around this time also included a part on the TV movie "Fire & Ice" (2000-01). She also appeared in the TV special "The 22nd Annual Mrs America Pageant" (1998-99). She also worked in television during these years, including a part on "On Tour" (1996-98). She also had roles in film during these years, including roles in "Ragdoll" (1999) with Russell Richardson and the Eddie Murphy blockbuster comedy sequel "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps" (2000). Payne also created music for the dramedy "Angie" (1994) with Geena Davis. Payne also used her acting skills in films like the Gene Simmons documentary "Sample This" (2013) and the comedy "The Divorce" (2014) with Jonelle Allen. She made frequent appearances at awards shows, including "The Ninth Annual Trumpet Awards" (2000-01) and "10th Annual Trumpet Awards" (2001-02). She also worked in television during these years, including roles in "The Test" (2000-02) and "American Idol" (2001-). Most recently, Payne appeared in "The Lou Rawls Show" ().