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Birth name Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr.
Born March 13, 1972 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Years Active 1992-present



Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Hell on Wheels Elam Ferguson 2011–2013 1 2 3

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Girlfriends Omar 3x12 - Take This Poem and Call Me in the Morning January 6, 2003
Scrubs Himself 4x05 - Her Story September 28, 2004

Talk Show Appearances


Series Produced

Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
America Divided 2016 –  Executive Producer 1 2
The Chi 2018 –  Executive Producer 1 2

Album History

Album Name Release Date
Like Water for Chocolate 2000
Be 2005
Finding Forever 2007

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best Original Song - Motion Picture (2015) (shared with John Legend)
"Glory" (from "Selma")

Academy Awards

  • Won: Best Original Song (2015) (shared with John Legend)
"Glory" (from "Selma")