Often casted as a confident, no-nonsense authoritative figure, Pounder is known for her understated intensity. She has had 4 Emmy nominations so far, for her roles in ‘The X Files’ and ‘ER’. The latter is actually set in Chicago’s Cook County Hospital, often abbreviated to CCH (just a fun fact for you!). Pounder also received a Grammy nomination for a spoken-word album in 1996. As well as this, Pounder has a MIB Prism Award, 2 Golden Satellite Awards and a Genii Excellence in TV Award and has been nominated for 7 NAACP Image Awards…we could go on. CCH Pounder has also featured in many films including: Home Again, Prizzi’s Honour, Robocop 3, Avatar and the psychological thriller, the Orphan. With a career spanning nearly 3 decades, CCH Pounder has been involved in an extensive list of projects. These also include narrations for Aladdin, PBS documentaries and a video game, ‘True Crime: Streets of LA’.
What really drew us to CCH Pounder however, was not necessarily her contributions as an actress, but more the ways she uses her success to put her in a position to give back. Along with all her acting work, CCH Pounder has found time to be involved in a variety of projects and causes. She is a founding member of ‘Artists for a New South Africa’ and serves on the Board of the African Millennium Foundation (AMF). Both are non-profit organisations committed to social and economic empowerment of the people of Africa, especially women, those living with or orphaned by HIV/AIDS and at-risk youth. Through AMF, Pounder works closely with the Tilla children in Mozambique. This large of group of children live on their own due to losing their parents to HIV/AIDS. Affectionately known as ‘mother’ to the children, Pounder supports them to lead the lives all children deserve, enough food, clean clothes and an education among some of the things the children were going without.