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AUNJANUE ELLIS portrays Felicia, Brenda's friend at the Armstrong housing project, whose entreaties to Lorenzo for help with her troubled boyfriend are ignored.

One of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, Ellis's resume is as versatile as she is, spanning theater, film and television. Ellis currently stars in the NBC drama series "The E-Ring” from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Taylor Hackford. The television drama set inside the Pentagon also stars Benjamin Bratt and Dennis Hopper.

Ellis most recently starred in the acclaimed film Ray directed by Taylor Hackford. The actress portrayed blues singer Mary Ann Fisher, who has a long-term love affair with legendary performer Ray Charles, played by Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx. She also starred in Malcolm Lee's Undercover Brother, a live-action comedy based on Urban Media's popular website series, and earlier starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Men of Honor.

Ellis made her Broadway debut in George C. Wolfe's "The Tempest,” which began as a Shakespeare in the Park production. More recently she appeared in "Drowning Crow,” an update of Chekhov's "The Seagull” with Alfre Woodard at Broadway's Biltmore Theatre.

Her television credits include star turns on "The Practice,” "Third Watch,” "New York Undercover” and "The D.A.” Sidney Lumet also had Ellis play several guest leads on his A&E show "100 Centre Street.”

Ellis studied acting in the graduate drama program at NYU after receiving her BA in African-American studies from Brown University.

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