She played Jackie Cook on the film noir television series Veronica Mars, Nyla Adrose in the film Foreign Colored Girls, civil rights activist Diane Nash in Selma, and starred as Samantha White in Dear White People. She also played Bianca in the Rocky franchise film Creed. Her father is of Panamanian (Afro-Panamanian) descent and her mother is of half Mexican and half European ancestry.
She grew up in Los Angeles while spending summers and winters in New York, where her father, singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson of the band Chocolate Genius, Incorporated., is based.
She attended Santa Monica High School and then Santa Monica College, where she studied cultural anthropology.