Kellie Shanygne Williams began her career acting on stage and in TV commercials until she landed a role on the ‘90s sitcom Family Matters
as Laura Winslow. Later she starred on the ABC series What About Joan?
and snagged roles in films such as Ride
and In the Mix
, alongside Usher. She’s currently involved in several youth-oriented arts organizations, including the Kellie Williams Program, which is based in her hometown, Washington, D.C.