African-American actress Golden Brooks was born on December 1, 1970, in San Francisco, California. Golden is a graduate of UC-Berkeley and earned a Masters degree from Sarah Lawrence College. She made her television debut on an episode of the short-lived series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" and had small parts on the shows "The Parkers" and "Moesha," but she is best known for her role as Maya Wilkes on the CW sitcom "Girlfriends."

Her movie credits contain "Something New," "Asylum," "Imposter" and "Beauty Shop." Golden is a classically trained dancer, who studies and teaches modern, jazz and ballet and she also volunteers with the Pediatric AIDS Foundation and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

The lithe and alluring African American actress Golden Brooks began life in San Francisco c. late 1970, and grew up in both the Bay area and the City of Angels. As a young woman, she attended the University of California at Berkeley as a sociology major, later earning her master's degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Brooks first broke into films in the mid-1990s, with a small role in Spike Lee's phone sex-themed comedy-drama Girl 6 (1996); the 2000 series Girlfriends, however, brought Brooks her first recognition in the American press.

This rabidly popular sitcom - which reeled in critical kudos and maintained an extremely broad fan base - constituted the pet project of Frasier star Kelsey Grammer and producer Mara Brock Akil. It told of four African American female friends in the City of Angels - all white-collar women - struggling to balance personal and professional demands. Brooks played an assistant at a legal firm and the only woman in the ensemble with a happy marriage and a growing family. 

After scattered roles in acclaimed features through the first several years of the new millennium, Brooks made the pivotal decision to join the cast of the Queen Latifah-starrer Beauty Shop, about the colorful proprietors and denizens of an Atlanta-based hair salon. The following year, she also starred in Saana Hamri's acclaimed ensemble dramedy Something New.



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