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!' ”
ESSENCE.COM Aug, 28, 2008

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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!’ ”

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Power couple Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker arrive in style at his Atlanta birthday party in March 2008.

“It was love at first sight. It really was,” Parker said of Kodjoe, who she met when he joined the cast of Soul Food. “I didn’t even know what to do because it hadn’t happened in a grown-up way ever before. I just let it play out. I took the risk of losing him even, because I really wanted to take my time. For about two years, we were just co-workers and we got a chance to talk.”

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Nicole Ari Parker and actress Mari Marrow strike a pose.

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Nicole Ari Parker let’s her sexy side out to play with husband Boris Kodjoe behind the camera.

“All you can ever go by is how your man treats you and how he makes you feel,” she said. “And Boris makes me feel like the best thing ever and I appreciate him and love him for that.”

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In Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Nicole Ari Parker plays RJ’s (Martin Lawrence) first love Lucinda.

“Martin is so sweet and generous,” Parker said. “It was the little things. He stuck around for my close-ups on set and a lot of big movie stars don’t do that.”

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In Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Nicole Ari Parker was happy to let her funny side out to play alongside Martin Lawrence and other comedians.

“I’m known as ‘Ms. Dramatic Role,’ so I really loved having the opportunity to not only try to be funny but to work with funny people,” she said.

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Nicole Ari Parker is dedicated to making her mark on the world.

“I just want to touch something deep in the heart of humanity,” she said. “I don’t know if that’s in movies, producing films, or writing a book, but I’m concerned about our spiritual well-being as a human race. I want to impact people in a way that makes us all reach for our best.”

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