Washington earned a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend George Washington University and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the school in 1998 with a degree in Performance Studies. After she gave the commencement address earlier this year at her alma mater, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.
Washington directed the video for Common’s single “I Want You” from his 2007 acclaimed album “Finding Forever”. She also makes an appearance as his obsessed/psychotic ex-girlfriend. The same video boasts an ensemble cast with Alicia Keys, Serena Williams, and Kanye West. Of the experience, Washington said she “looooved directing,” and was so engulfed in it that she didn’t look at any acting scripts for three weeks because she was locked in the editing room putting the video together.