Imani Hakim is a young American actress, with a bright future in show business, who at the age of 26 already has a growing repertoire of performances. She is perhaps best known for her role as Tonya Rock, Chris Rock’s younger sister in the hit sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris”. Though it was only her first recurring role, Imani has poised herself for a lucrative career on the silver screen with her brilliant performance, as doors continue to open for the talented actress. Here is a short biography about the mysterious actress Imani; follow us as we dig up all the secrets we can find about her.
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Early life and family
Imani was born on August 12, 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She was raised by her father among her five brothers, but their identities have been kept secret, and there is no record of her father or brothers anywhere.
However, Imani praised her father for being a good father and stated that he sacrificed a lot in his life to take care of his children. Nothing further is known about the upbringing of the actress, except that at the age of seven she had the ambition to become an actress for the first time.
While no report mentions where Imani went to school, she is known to have taken numerous acting classes. At the age of seven, she enrolled in the Karamu House Theater in Cleveland, where she received her early training as an actress and acted in several stage productions.
She continued her education in the performing arts when she moved to California to produce “Everybody Hates Chris”. She studied at the Alexander Workshop School in Lakewood and later at The Young Actor’s Space in Burbank.
Imani’s first television appearance was in a McDonald’s ad when she was only eight years old. Her big break came when she was cast in “Everybody Hates Chris” in 2005. She was eleven years old at the time and the show aired until 2009, during which time Imani continued to play the role of Tonya Rock.
While appearing on the sitcom, she also landed a few small roles on other television shows. In 2006, she played the part of Darcy in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and in 2008 she did a voiceover role for the Disney animated series “The Replacements”, which appeared in two episodes of the cartoon.
The following year, she appeared in three episodes of “ER”, and also had a supporting role in another Disney production – “Wizards of Waverly Place”.
The following year, Imani made her film debut in the big movie “Reign Over Me”, starring several big names, including Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler and Jada Pinket-Smith.
In 2014, Imani played the title role in “The Gabby Douglas Story,” based on the life of a 13-year-old U.S. Olympic gold medalist, earning Imani two Movieguide Awards, one for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
In 2015, the young lady starred with Vivica Fox in the big movie “Chocolate City”, and in 2017 she reprized the role for the sequel “Chocolate City: Vegas Strip”. The following year, she landed a part in the sequel to Sci-Fi disaster comedy “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens”.
The year 2017 was a busy time for the young actress. Although she was on the set of “Chocolate City: Vegas Strip”, Imani found the time to play two more roles, in “Sollers Point” and “Burning Sands”, and in 2018 she was seen in two more productions, the television movie “Down With Whatever” and the psychological horror movie “Cam”.
Her final appearance is in a 2020 production for an Apple TV+ fantasy series titled “Mythic Quest,” which premiered on February 7.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Imani’s hobbies are dancing, appreciating good music, reading and practicing martial arts. She is a big fan of Raven Symone, the American actress, singer and songwriter of “That’s So Raven” fame.
She is also a talented painter and posts videos of her work on her official website Facebook page. Imani is also active on several other social media platforms, including Instagram (285,000 followers), Twitter, and Facebook.
In 2016 Imani made her relation with musician and DJ Matthew Russel officially on social media, though he kept most of the details private. However, the couple has since split up and it is unknown if Imani has dated anyone since then. She is not married and has no children.
- Date of Birth: August 12, 1993
- Hair Color: Dark Brown
- Eye color: Black
- Height: 5ft 1in (1.55m)
- Weight: 106 lb (48 kg)
- Clothing Size: 4 (US)
- Shoe size: 7.½ (US)
- Bra Size: 32B (US)
- Nationality: American
- Ethnicity: African American
Imani Hakim’s net value stands at an estimated $500,000 by mid-2020.