In 2000 she won a NAACP theatre award for best actress for her role in The Marriage.
While starring on A Different World, Dawnn appeared in 3 public service announcements for NBC's The More You Know campaign. Her topics were teacher appreciation, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse.
She cowrote the theme song to "A Different World".
Had an unknown uncredited role in the movie The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag.
Dawnn: My grandmother, Olga Browne, was very instrumental in making me the person I am today. She motivated me. I mean other family members were supportive, but they thought one day I would grow out of this 'phase.' [But grandmother] saw me, right now ... right where I'm sitting.