Raven Shamira Goodwin is an American actress. She began acting at the age of 9, starring as Annie Marks in the film Lovely & Amazing (2001), for which her performance was received positively, earning her nominations from the Black Reel Awards and the Independent Spirit Awards. Following this, she appeared in The Station Agent (2003) and in Phat Girlz (2006). She began working in television in 2007, starring as Tangie Cunningham on the comedy series Just Jordan (2007–2008). In 2010, Goodwin began her career as an adult, and starred as Becca in the series Huge (2010). She soon came to recognition for her roles as Ivy Wentz on the sitcom Good Luck Charlie (2010–2014) and Niecy Patterson in the drama series Being Mary Jane (2013–2019), for which her performances received praise. She has since appeared as Eliza on the comedy series SMILF (2017–2019), starred as Lew in the action film Snatched (2017), and starred as Denise Clark-Bradford in the television film The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel (2019), the latter of which she received praise for her performance, earning her a Black Reel Award nomination.