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In her second movie, Save The Last Dance, she played a single mother named Chenille and it was no coincidence that she adapted to the character because of her roots in the Bronx, NY. The movie was released on January 12, 2001 and made over $131,706,809 in the box office and the movie has a sequel that went straight to DVD. She plays the older sister to Sean Patrick Thomas‘ character, Derek. This role was definitely no problem for Ms. Washington since she made the movie. Here is the clip of the movie in case you forget: