Nicole Ari Parker's Life in Photos

Nicole Ari Parker became a household name with her role of the conservative lawyer Teri Joseph on the now-defunct Showtime series Soul Food. "Teri was kind of just a gift from God. It just dropped in my lap. I remember I wrote in my journal “God, just give me the opportunity to do something for my people and about my people that’s uplifting," Parker said. "People still call from across the street 'Hey Teri!' ”

Photo Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith