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Yaya Dacosta

Biography

Model and celebrity who finished 2nd in the 3rd period of America’s Following Best Model. She afterwards parlayed this right into a effective film profession. She plays Apr Sexton in the 2015 NBC series Chicago Med. She was Ivy-League informed, having centered on African Research at Brown College or university. She was fluent in five dialects, including Portuguese, French, Spanish, and Japanese. She was created and elevated in Harlem, NY. She wedded Joshua Bee Alafia in 2012 and got his name. In Sept 2013, she got a son called Sankara. Eva Marcille eventually took first put on the 3rd period of America’s Following Top Model.

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Full Name Yaya DaCosta
Date Of Birth November 15, 1982
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.73 m
Profession Model
Education Brown University
Nationality American
Spouse Joshua Bee Alafia, Joshua Bee Alafia
Children Sankara Alafia
Parents Carl Awolowo Johnson, Orundun DaCosta Johnson
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star - Female
Movies The Nice Guys, Take the Lead, The Kids Are All Right, The Butler, Whitney, Tron: Legacy, Honeydripper, In Time, Mother of George, The Messenger, Racing for Time, And So It Goes, Whole Lotta Sole, Big Words, Bolden!, Shanghai Hotel, Weekends at Bellevue, Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story
TV Shows Chicago Med
Star Sign Scorpio

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#Fact
1Her ancestry includes African-American, Brazilian, West African, Cherokee Native American, and Irish. Yaya often mentioned her Brazilian ancestry during her "America's Next Top Model" (2003) run, along with her Nigerian ancestry.
2Accepted the role of Cassandra on "All My Children". [April 2008]
3Gave birth to her 1st child at age 30, a son Sankara Alafia in September 2013. Child's father is her estranged husband, Joshua Bee Alafia.
4Has studied with Ann Willis in New York City for several years alongside such notable actors as Adam Scarimbolo and Devin Ratray.
5Majored in International Relations and African Studies at Brown University
6Graduated from Brown University.
7First runner-up on season 3 of America's Next Top Model (2003).
8Can speak Portuguese, Spanish and French.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bolden!post-production
Chicago Med2015-2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
Chicago Fire2015-2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
Chicago P.D.2017TV SeriesApril Sexton
The Nice Guys2016Tally
The Simpsons2015TV SeriesPrincess Kemi
Whitney2015TV MovieWhitney Houston
Unforgettable2014TV SeriesMolly
And So It Goes2014Kennedy (as Yaya Alafia)
The Butler2013/ICarol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)
Big Words2013Annie (as Yaya Alafia)
Mother of George2013Sade Bakare (as Yaya Alafia)
House M.D.2011-2012TV SeriesAnita
Dark Horse2012TV MovieAmy
Shanghai Hotel2011Kendra
Stand Off2011Sophie
In Time2011Greta
Body of Proof2011TV SeriesHolly Bennett
Weekends at Bellevue2011TV MovieVanessa
Lost and Found2010/IIShort
Tron2010Siren #3
Army Wives2010TV SeriesSpecialist Amber Stiles
Mercy2010TV SeriesBrooke Sullivan
The Kids Are All Right2010Tanya (as Yaya Dacosta)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2009TV SeriesAudrina
Ugly Betty2009TV SeriesNico Slater
The Messenger2009/IMonica Washington (as Yaya Dacosta)
All My Children2008TV SeriesCassandra Foster
Racing for Time2008TV MovieVanessa
Honeydripper2007China Doll
Take the Lead2006LaRhette
Eve2005TV SeriesMs. Jenkins

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Let's Stay Together2011producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHerself
Gag Reel2014Video shortHerself (as Yaya Alafia)
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHerself
The Butler: An American Story2013TV Short documentaryHerself (as Yaya Alafia)
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
The Teen Choice Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHerself
2005 MuchMusic Video Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
America's Next Top Model2004TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHerself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Actress, TV Movie or Limited SeriesWhitney (2015)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastThe Butler (2013)· Vanessa Redgrave
· Terrence Howard
· David Oyelowo
· Oprah Winfrey
· Michael James Madsen
· Minka Kelly
· Mariah Carey
· Liev Schreiber
· Alan Rickman
· Robin Williams
· Lenny Kravitz
· Jane Fonda
· Alex Pettyfer
· Forest Whitaker
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
2011Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceThe Kids Are All Right (2010)
2011COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleThe Kids Are All Right (2010)· Julianne Moore
· Annette Bening
· Mia Wasikowska
· Mark Ruffalo
· Josh Hutcherson
· Joaquín Garrido
· Kunal Sharma
· Eddie Hassell
· Rebecca Lawrence Levy
2010PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingThe Kids Are All Right (2010)· Julianne Moore
· Annette Bening
· Mia Wasikowska
· Josh Hutcherson
· Mark Ruffalo
· Joaquín Garrido
· Kunal Sharma
· Rebecca Lawrence Levy
· Eddie Hassell
2010WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleThe Kids Are All Right (2010)· Annette Bening
· Julianne Moore
· Mark Ruffalo
· Mia Wasikowska
· Josh Hutcherson
· Rebecca Lawrence Levy
· Eddie Hassell
· Joaquín Garrido
· Kunal Sharma
2006Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsMovies - Choice Breakout (Female)Take the Lead (2006)


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#Quote
1My parents were very active in the Civil Rights Movement. My father was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker; my mother was a secretary with the Panthers.
2We had already planned my wedding when my brother passed away in 2012. When you're grieving, you don't necessarily want to think about something like that, but my brother told me that he wanted me to, so we went ahead and did it.
3I feel at home in a lot of places, but I am truly an African-American.
4I try to make my mood uplifting and peaceful, then watch the world around me reflect that mood.
5Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I'm smiling, sometimes I'm giving thanks for all the things I have rather than worrying about the things I don't.


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