Leslie Uggams is an American actress and singer. She started her career as a child in the early 1950's. Uggams is recognized for portraying Kizzy Reynolds in the TV mini-series Roots (1977), a Golden Globe, Emmy Award nominations for her performance. Credits: Broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby!, winning a Theatre World Award in 1967, Tony Award, Best Actress, Musical (1968). Uggams w/Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool (2016), Empire TV series plays Lea Walker, Lucious (Walker) Lyon's mother.