Vanessa Estelle Williams (Actress, Singer, Writer, Director) born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, is a talented force that came to Hollywood in the 90’s with passion purpose and staying power. This highly sought-after creative artist wrapped “A Rich Christmas” a feature film for BET this past December 2020 and most recently completed the film “Christmas Family Reunion” with The Ninth House production company. Vanessa stars in Sidra Smith’s six-part miniseries “A Luv Tale” coming soon to the Essence Magazine digital platform. Off the coast of East Africa in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Vanessa jetted to luscious Mauritius to shoot the indie comedy feature “Singleholic” opposite Erica Ash, Rotimi, Stephen Bishop and Tyson Beckford. Coming soon Vanessa will reprise her role as Anna Marie in the Candyman sequel “Say My Name,” directed by Nia DaCosta, written and produced by Jordan Peele. Williams made her film debut playing as the gun toting head of security “Keisha” in the urban classic film “New Jack City.” Other film credits include “Thriller” streaming now on Netflix, “Raising Izzie, Imagine That”, “Like Mike,” “Punks, Mother,” “Candyman.” Williams earned an Emmy Nomination for her work in the Showtime original film “Our America.” After six consecutive nominations in the category Vanessa won the 2003 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her brilliant portrayal of Maxine Chadway in the hit Showtime series “Soul Food.” Her star turn in “Raising Izzie” earned GMCTV its highest world premiere television rating and received a 2013 NAACP Image Award nomination for best Television Movie or Mini-Series. Television credits include NBC’s long running daytime soap “Days of Our Lives,” Freeform network’s “Famous in Love.” “The Flash, Ward of the State, the Bay series, “Sugar Mommas,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Knight Riders,” “Flirting with Forty,” “Ice Spiders,” “Cold Case,” “Soul Food” TV series (5 seasons), “Our America,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “Chicago Hope,” “Murder One,” “Living Single,” “NYPD Blue,” “Melrose Place,” “The Cosby Show” and “Law & Order.” Vanessa debuted on Broadway in Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Sarafina.” In 2012 Ms. Williams garnered rave reviews for her role as Esther in the critically acclaimed production of Lynn Nottage’s “Intimate Apparel” at the Pasadena Playhouse. Her other Broadway and theatre credits include “Mule Bone,” “Death and the Kings Horseman” and regional productions of “The Vagina Monologues, Issues, Abyssinia” and a European tour of the musical “HAIR.” An excerpt from her book “Shine,” published in the June 2004 Essence Magazine became the basis for her solo show “Feet On the Ceiling!” a coming-of-age story. “Feet On the Ceiling” premiered at the “National Black Theatre Festival” in 2011 and plays regular engagements in cities and colleges throughout the US and the Caribbean. Serving as Vice Chair on the Executive Board of Directors of The Black Aids Institute, Williams is also Chair of BAI’s Hollywood Task Force on Aids. Recruiting and directing her colleagues in a series of Celebrity PSAs on HIV Awareness / AIDS Prevention. An internationally recognized star, Williams’ global brand appeal is authentic, energetic, and thoroughly relatable. An artist and mother of two creatively talented boys, Omar and Haile Wiseman, Vanessa blends passion and youthful exuberance with timeless charm and soulfulness that deeply connects with people. She is a talent audiences love, trust and admire.