Imani Hakim is a young American actress, with a bright future in show business who, at the age of 26, already has a growing repertoire of appearances. She is perhaps best known for her role as Tonya Rock, the younger sister of Chris Rock in the successful sitcom “Everybody Hates Chris”. Although only the first recurring role she gained, Imani has set herself up for a lucrative career on the silver screen with her brilliant performance, as doors continue to open for the talented actress. Here follows a short biography about the mysterious actress Imani; follow us as we dig up all the secrets about her that we can find.

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Early life and family

Imani was born 12 August 1993, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. She was raised by her father among her five brothers, but their identities have been kept quiet, and no record of her father or brothers can be found anywhere.

However, Imani did praise her father for being a good dad, and stated that he sacrificed a lot in his life to provide for his children. Nothing else is known about the actress’ upbringing, except that she first aspired to become an actress at the young age of seven.

Educational background

Although it is not stated in any reports where Imani attended school, it is known that she had taken numerous acting classes. At the age of seven, she enrolled at the Karamu House Theatre in Cleveland, where she received her first training as an actress and performed in several stage productions.

She furthered her education in the performing arts when she had moved to California for the production of “Everybody Hates Chris”. She studied at Alexander Workshop School in Lakewood, and later at The Young Actor’s Space in Burbank.

Imani Hakim


Imani’s first appearance on television was in a McDonald’s advert when she was only eight years old. Her big breakthrough came when cast in “Everybody Hates Chris” in 2005. She was eleven years old at the time, and the show aired until 2009, during which time Imani continued to play the role of Tonya Rock.

While performing in the sitcom, she also landed a few minor roles with other television shows. In 2006, she played the role of Darcy in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and in 2008 she did a voice-over role for the Disney animation series “The Replacements”, featuring in two episodes of the cartoon.

The following year she appeared in three episodes of “ER”, and also had a support role in another Disney production – “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

The next year Imani made her film debut in the major motion picture “Reign Over Me”, starring alongside several big names, which include Adam Sandler, Liv Tyler and Jada Pinket-Smith.

In 2014 Imani played the title role in “The Gabby Douglas Story”, based on the life of a 13-year-old American Olympic gold medalist, and earned Imani two Movieguide Awards, one for Outstanding Actress in a TV Film or Mini-Series.

In 2015, the young lady starred alongside Vivica Fox in the major film “Chocolate City”, and in 2017 reprised the role for the sequel “Chocolate City: Vegas Strip”. The following year, she gained a role in the Sci-Fi disaster comedy sequel “Sharknado: The 4th Awakens”.

The year 2017 had been a busy time for the young actress. Although she was on the set of “Chocolate City: Vegas Strip”, Imani found the time to be featured in two more roles, in “Sollers Point” and “Burning Sands”, and in 2018 could be seen in two more productions, the television film “Down With Whatever”, and the psychological horror film “Cam”.

Her latest appearance is in a 2020 production for an Apple TV+ fantasy series by the title “Mythic Quest” which premiered on 7 February..

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

Imani’s hobbies include dancing, appreciating good music, reading and practising martial arts. She is a big fan of Raven Symone, American actress, singer and songwriter of “That’s So Raven” fame.

She is also a talented painter, and posts videos of her work on her official Facebook page. Imani is active on several other social media platforms too, including Instagram (285,000 followers), Twitter and Facebook.


In 2016, Imani made her relationship with musician and DJ Matthew Russel official on social media, although kept most of the details private. However, since then the couple has separated and it is not known if Imani has dated anyone since. She hasn’t married, and doesn’t have children.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 12 August 1993
  • Hair colour: Dark Brown
  • Eye colour: Black
  • Height: 5ft 1ins (1.55m)
  • Weight: 106lbs (48kgs)
  • Dress Size: 4 (US)
  • Shoe Size: 7.½ (US)
  • Bra Size: 32B (US)
  • Star Sign: Leo
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: African-American

Net worth

Imani Hakim’s net worth stands at an estimated $500,000 as of mid-2020.

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