With a multifaceted background and impressive range vivacious African-American actress Golden Brooks spent years developing her craft on stage, television and in films of all genres. Coming off of an impressive academic career, focusing on theater and literature, the performer began appearing on television in such projects as the cable comedy "Linc's" (Showtime, 1998-2000) and filmmaker Mike Figgis' experimental drama "Timecode" (2000). Brooks found her launching pad for success playing Maya Wilkes, a strong-willed professional, mother and friend on the long running sitcom "Girlfriends" (UPN/The CW, 2000-08). During this time she also managed supporting roles in such diverse feature films as the sci-fi thriller "Imposter" (2002), the comedy spin-off "Beauty Shop" (2005) and the romance "Something New" (2006). After "Girlfriends" had come to an end, the actress moved on to starring roles in indie productions like the thriller "Inheritance" (2011) and returned to her former network home to join the cast for season two of "Hart of Dixie" (The CW, 2011-15). Whether as an ensemble player or in a starring role, Golden remained a popular and welcome presence on screens large and small.