1. She appeared in two August Wilson plays at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of her long-time instructor Lloyd Richards.
2. W 2006, she had the opportunity to work on the Wilson canon again, starring in Fences alongside longtime collaborator Laurence Fishburne at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
3. W 2018, Basset was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in fine arts from her alma-mater, Yale University.
4. She made her film debut as a news reporter in F/X .
5. For her portrayal of Betty Shabazz, she earned an Image Award.
6. Bassett began her film career in the mid-1980s, after earning a bachelor of arts degree from Yale University and a master of fine arts degree from drama school.
7. She was the first African-American to win the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
8. She was excited to work with Eddie Murphy in Vampire in Brooklyn, as well as director Wes Craven.
9. W 1998, Bassett starred in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, once again collaborating with McMillan.
10. She played Stella, a 40-year-old American professional woman who falls in love with a 20-year-old Jamaican man.