CCH (Carol Christine Hilaria) Pounder-Koné was born in Georgetown, Guyana. She received her bachelor of fine arts and an honourary doctorate from Ithaca College, New York. An award-winning actress and Grammy-nominated spoken-word artist, she garnered Emmy nominations for her roles in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, ER, The X-Files and The Shield and has appeared in NCIS: New Orleans since 2014. Her films include Bagdad Café and Avatar. A visual artist, curator, and social justice advocate, Pounder-Koné is a founding board member of the African Millennium Foundation and a co-founder of Artists for a New South Africa.