Xosha Roquemore

Xosha Roquemore

Date Of BirthDecember 11, 1984
Age39 years 4 months 12 days
Day of BirthTuesday
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
Zodiac SignSagittarius
Profession Actress
Full Name Xosha Kai Roquemore

Personal Information
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Language English
Star SignSagittarius
Nationality American
EthnicityAfrican American
Body Features & Measurements
Height178 CM
5 Feet 10 Inches
Eye color Black
Hair color Black
Weight65 KG
143 lbs
Figure TypeRectangle
Body Type Slim
Family Information
Father Cliff Roquemore
Mother Shay Wafer
Education Qualifications
Education (Graduation) Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Education (High School) The Amazing Grace Conservatory
Alma MaterNew York University
Love, Romance, Marriage
Boyfriend Lakeith Stanfield
Career Information
Debut (Movie) Precious(2009)
Years Active 2008-
Debut (TV) Viralcom(2008)
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislikes
Favorite Foods Ice Cream
Cheese Nachos
Favorite MovieThe Family That Preys (TP)
Favorite Song Roman Reloaded (Album)
Social Networks, Web links
Twitter ProfileXosha Roquemore Twitter Profile
Instagram ProfileXosha Roquemore Instagram Profile
More Information
Friend Ramon
Inspiration Beyonce
Net worth$1 Million


Xosha Roquemore is an American TV & Movie actress. She is known for her role as Jo Ann in Academy award winning drama movie Precious(2009).

Her recent appearances include playing Emma in the movie Let's Get merried (2021), as Emma (again) in the movie Who Invited Charlie?(2022).

Family- Childhood

Xosha Roquemore was born as Xosha (pronunciation: Zo-sha; meaning: sought after) Kai Roquemore on 11th December 1984 in Los Angeles, California. 

Xosha is named after Xhosa people (h in a different place), a Bantu ethnic group found in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Her father was visiting the area around there and found the place and culture interesting.

Her father Cliff Roquemore(1948-2002) was a writer, director and producer known for works such as Rude(1982), Petey Wheatstraw(1977), The Human Tornado(1976), Disco Godfather (1979) and others. He is particulary known for his off-broadway works such as "Selma," "Eubie," "Shaka Zulu," and "Invasion of Addis Ababa." He died of cancer at the age 53 in 2002. [5]

Cliff Roquemore

[Cliff Roquemore]

Her mother Shay Wafer (please check the note at the bottom), a theater producer [3], is an inspiration to Xosha, she has always valued her mother's advice "Don’t be afraid to be great". [2]

Xosha Roquemore's mother and grandmother

[Xosha Roquemore's mother and grandmother]

She has two brothers in Rokki Roquemore (an actor known for Blunt News (2022), Once Upon a Time in Detroit (2017), Let Clay Be Clay (2013)) and Bryan Roquemore, and a sister.


  • The Amazing Grace Conservatory: She joined the The Amazing Grace Conservatory in the ninth grade, she acted in many plays at the program. She also learned that one could major in acting at the program. [2]
  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts: After her graduation, she enrolled herself at New York University's Tisch school of Arts. Being the only black girl at the school in her batch, she found opportunities to meet agents and thus find an entry into the indsutry. As confessed by her, one of the reasons she picked the school was to develop connections by the time she had graduated. [2]


Boyfriend & Relationship

Xosha Roquemore & Lakeith Stanfield

Xosha Roquemore and actor Lakeith Stanfield began dating in August 2015. They have a daughter together (born on June 22nd 2017).

LaKeith Stanfield is an academy award nominated actor and musician. He made his debut with Short Term 12 (2013) and is known for his appearances in Straight Outta Compton (2015), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) and others.

Lakeith Stanfield with girlfriend Xosha Roquemore

Image: Xosha Roquemore with boyfriend Lakeith Stanfield

Xosha Roquemore & Lakeith Stanfield with their daughter

[Xosha Roquemore & Lakeith Stanfield with their daughter]



Xosha's first audition was for a role in Sesame Street and she didn’t get it, later she had an unsuccessful audition for the role in Star Trek.

She worked in restaurants during her initial days to supplement her income from acting. [2]

Xosha's first big break came with Precious(2009), an independent movie directed by Lee Daniels, adopted from the novel PUSH by Sapphire, she received an academy award nomination for the movie with the whole cast.

She played Tamra Webb in "The Mindy Project", she appears in a total of 82 episodes.


Interesting Facts

  • Xosha used to have a thick curly hair, she didn't like it when she was young, she has now grown to appreciate her natural hair.
  • She likes fashion, especially vintage style, she is regular reader of Vogue & is good enough to be a professional stylist if she wants to.
  • Her favorite beauty secret?- Confidence
  • She received Nomination at the Washington D.C Film Critics Association Award for her role in Precious
  • The first chosen name for the character Tamara in the TV series The Mindy Project(2013-) was actually Xosha, same as the actress chosen for the role, however, they later changed to Tamara.
  • In the TV series Atlanta (2022) her character is also named Xosha.
  • She likes to sing and dance in real life, she has that in common with her character Tamara in the TV series The Mindy Project(2013-).
  • She is democratic party supporter, supported Obama in 2008 elections.
  • She has Level 10 Ornithophobia: Irrational fear of birds, she is particularly scared of pigeons.
  • Her favorite place in NYC:  Santos Party House in Tribeca.
  • She likes Tattoos on men.
  • She likes dogs, has a pet dog at home.
  • She likes pictures of babies in head wraps.




Year Movie Character Notes
  Family Leave    
  First Time Female Director    
2014 Captain America: New World Order    
2022 Who Invited Charlie? Emma  
2021 Let's Get Merried Emma TV Movie
2021 Space Jam: A New Legacy Shanice James  
2018 Brian Banks Kennisha Rice  
2018 Mississippi Requiem Young Tabitha  
2017 The Disaster Artist Artist #3  
2017 All Nighter Megan  
2016 9 Rides Hipster woman  
2013 Dumb Girls Alex TV Movie
2013 The Butler Foxy  
2013 G.B.F. Caprice Winters  
2013 Let Clay Be Clay TaDenise  
2012 Price Check  Donna  
2011 Identical  Mark's Receptionist  
2010 Playing with Guns  Cinnamon TV Movie
2009 Rivers Wash Over Me  Racine Buchanan  
2009 Precious Joann  


TV Series

Year TV Series Character Notes
2019-2022 Sherman's Showcase Gladys Knight 2 Episodes
2022 Atlanta Xosha 1 Episode
2021 Colin in Black & White Erica 1 Episode
2020 Big Mouth (Voice)  
2019-2020 Black Monday Connie  
2020 Cherish the Day Gently James 8 Episodes
2019 First Wives Club Marcelle West 3 Episodes
2018 I'm Dying Up Here Dawn Lima 8 Episodes
2018 Roseanne Geena Williams-Conner 1 Episode
2013-2017 The Mindy Project Tamra Webb 82 Episodes
2013 Kirstie Tanya 1 Episode
2012 Southland Drea 1 Episode
2011 Rescue Me Jayne 2 Episodes
2010 My Boys  Tracee 1 Episode
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent  Trina Smith 1 Episode
2010 10 Things I Hate About You  Baby 1 Episode
2010 Nurse Jackie City  Island Clerk 1 Episode
2008 Viralcom  Showgirl #1 1 Episode


Short Films

Year Film Character Notes
2018 A Rose for Emily Young Tabitha  
2014 Patton Oswalt Confronts His Haters    
2014 Human Code: Sleep/Water with Justin Bieber and Craig Healy   Short comedy
2014 Human Code: Emotions/Society   Short comedy
2011 I Can Smoke?  Shirley  
2008 Shades of Brooklyn Vol. 1  Allison  



Year: Award: Won? Category
2009: Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards: Nomination

Shared with: Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe, Mariah Carey, Sherri Shepherd, Stephanie Andujar, Chyna Layne, Amina Robinson
Best Ensemble Cast



  • There are a lot of people with legit acting and training, and every year people are graduating from these schools and great acting programs. It’s about timing and patience and staying with it [2]
  • I remember I had no interest in film and only wanted to do theater. But I think I was intimidated. PUSH (her first film) was a big deal for me. It gave me a lot of reassurance and confidence to pursue film. [2]
  • [About her makeup routine] I wear eyeliner, mascara and Vaseline. I get made fun of for that! ... I also use Bobbi Brown gloss and YSL gold gloss and sometimes combine the two. [2]



  1. Xosha Roquemore on wikipedia
  2. Clutch Magazine interview, 2008
  3. Xosha on her mother Shay Wafer
  4. Xosha wishing her father on Father's day
  5. Cliff Roquemore bio on IMBD



* Xosha has mentioned in her interviews that her father was a director and had visited Xhosa people in South Africa, and he directed "Shaka Zulu" (Reference/ source 2), Google search lists one Cliff Roquemore (same last name) (also note 4) who was a writer and director, who directed "Shaka Zulu". So it is almost credible that Cliff Roquemore is her father. As per his IMDB Bio, his wife's name is Jennifer. However, we couldn't independently verify the name, In Xosha's instagram page, where she has posted a few pics of her mother, she has referred to her as Mama Shay, and Shay Wafer in her posts, there is some confusion about the correct name. Since it is directly from Xosha's pages, we are going with that.



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