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TIKA SUMPTER (Angela Payton) is one of Hollywood's rising stars. Best known for her work as Raina Thorpe on television's Gossip Girl and Layla Williamson on the Daytime Emmy Awardwinning soap opera One Life to Live, which garnered her an NAACP Image Award nomination, Sumpter most recently starred in Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas and in OWN's The Haves and the Have Nots, which will return in January 2014. Sumpter stars as Candace Young in the one-hour drama, which is written, directed and produced by Perry.

Sumpter recently joined the cast of Universal Pictures' James Brown biopic Get on Up, alongside Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Chadwick Boseman, in which she'll portray singer Yvonne Fair. The film is being directed by Tate Taylor and will hit theaters August 1, 2014.

Sumpter's additional film credits include Sparkle, opposite Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks; the upcoming My Man Is a Loser, with John Stamos; Being Mary Jane, opposite Gabrielle Union; What's Your Number, opposite Anna Faris and Chris Evans; Salt; Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming; and Whisper Me a Lullaby. Her television credits include BET's The Game; and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Sumpter was a member of the R&B group Twise. Their single, "Paint the World, America's Anthem," can be heard on "One Life, Many Voices," a compilation album made in an effort to aid Hurricane Katrina victims, featuring the voices of One Life to Live cast members. Sumpter is proud of her involvement in public service announcements, having appeared in an AIDS awareness campaign with acclaimed hip-hop artist Common.

Sumpter currently resides in New York City.

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