Her name is of Arabic decent. It means "Major, adult, grown-up, elder or wise".
Rashida graduated from Harvard University in 1997.
Rashida is the niece of James Lipton.
Rashida appeared in the music video of "More Than A Woman" by Aaliyah, released just after the singer's untimely death in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001, aged 21.
Rashida's List Appearances:
2002 - listed as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People
2007 - listed as one of TV Guide's Top 10 Sexiest Female Stars
2007 - listed as one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People
2008 - listed as one of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People ("Stars Without Makeup")
2008 - No.77, AskMen.com's Top 99 Most Desirable Women
Rashida once took a job as contributing editor of Teen Vogue. She was also employed by an animation company to work on music.
Rashida plays the piano and a bit of guitar.
Rashida sits as one of the board of directors of Peace Games, a charity organization which molds children to be peacemakers and which teaches kids to deal with their conflicts in a non-violent manner.
Rashida appeared in the music video of "Long Road to Ruin" by The Foo Fighters. It was released on November 1, 2007.
Together with Amy Brown, Rashida wrote Me and My Galaxy, a play staged at Harvard Theater in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1997.
Rashida's theatrical credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Love, Sex and the I.R.S., The Odd Couple, and The Female Version.
In 2007, Rashida was listed as Harper's Bazaar's Best Dressed Women in America.
Rashida was once a music director for The Harvard Opportunities, the oldest co-ed acapella group in Harvard University.
Rashida enjoys engaging in extreme sports such as parasailing, skydiving, and bungee-jumping.
Rashida loved The Office even before she was cast in it. In fact, she still considers it to be a miracle for her to get a role in it.
In the year 2002, she was nominated for an Image Award for her outstanding performance in a supporting role in the TV series Boston Public.
She has worked in the following movies: Myth America, East Of A, Roadside Assistance, Full Frontal, Now You Know, Death of a Dynasty, and Little Black Book.
In 2002, she appeared in a TV commercial for Gap.
She is 5 feet 4 inches (1.66 meters) tall.
Her nicknames are Rash and Rashi.
On Maroon 5's album "Songs About Jane", Rashida sings backup vocals on three songs.
Rashida has a photographic memory.
Rashida is the second youngest among her siblings composed of seven brothers and sisters. She has four half-sisters named Jolie Jones, Kenya Julia Miambi Sarah Jones, Martina-Lisa Jones, and Rachel Jones.
Rashida: I have a long way to go before I'd feel comfortable calling myself a musician. My dad taught me that you lay down a foundation and work really hard. I need to learn more. But I was built to be a student; to be a student is the whole point of being here.
Rashida: I'm lucky because I have so many clashing cultural, racial things going on: black, Jewish, Irish, Portuguese, Cherokee. I can float and be part of any community I want.
Rashida: (on her parents Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton) No, because they're weirdly, unconditionally proud of me. My dad travels the world with, like, press clippings of me in his pocket. He's so sweet, he's edible.
Rashida: Well, dating has become a sport and not about finding the person you love. But I'm very conservative: I want to be with my soul mate forever. That was the intention every time I've entered a relationship.
Rashida: Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful.
Rashida: I never really see myself as a role model but if I can inspire anyone to feel better about themselves or move forward in their careers, I'm happy to do that.
Rashida: Women tend to double-speak--I'm definitely guilty of that. It's nice just to say what's on your mind, with no subtext, and not care about the consequences.
Rashida: I think women have been given an opportunity to exercise their independence on almost every level. We can be single forever, or mothers, or freeze our eggs, or be gay, or have a career or a family or both. I feel like men don't think they have the same number of options.
Rashida: I do identify with being black, and if people don't identify me that way, that's their issue. I'm happy to challenge people's understanding of what it looks like to be biracial, because guess what? In the next 50 years, people will start looking more and more like me.
Rashida: (on what men will never understand about women) That when we are emotional, anything that stands in our path will be destroyed. It's like watching a volcano rip lava: Just stay away.
Rashida: I tend to leave the house without makeup all the time. I'm kind of lazy that way. Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that's beautiful.
Rashida: Be friendly to everybody; protect yourself; people sometimes want a piece of you for no good reason; and always do things out of love not fear.
Rashida: (regarding The Office) I was a huge fan of the show, so I'm still in shock that I'm on it.
Rashida: I know I sound like I'm 80, but I've seen the trappings of fame. My goal is just to have a day-to-day job that I love-and right now I do.