Birth Name: Golden Brooks
Birth Place: United States
Brooks was born in San Francisco, CA on Dec. 1, 1970, with an upbringing that carried her from the Bay area to Los Angeles. In her teenage years, she chose to head north, attending school at the University of Southern California, Berkeley. There, she put her energies toward the study of literature and sociology, earning her degree in the latter in 1994 with a focus on the media representation of minorities, along with a minor in theater. As an undergrad, Brooks appeared onstage in diverse stage productions such as "Romeo & Juliet," Ntozake Shanges' "For Colored Girls" and Chekov's "The Brute." She then went east, heading to Bronxville, NY to obtain a master's degree in creative writing a...