Sanaa was ranked #21 in Celebrity Sleuth magazine's "The 25 Sexiest Women of 2005" in 2004.
Sanaa was ranked #68 in Maxim magazine's "Hot 100" in 2001.
Sanaa was named one of Ebony magazine's "55 Most Beautiful People" in 2000.
She played Sidney 'Sid' Shaw in the movie Brown Sugar.
Sanaa was nominated for a Tony Award in 2004 for the stage version of Raisin in the Sun.
In 2004, Sanaa won "Best Performance by an Actress" at the American Black Film Festival for her work in the film Out of Time.
Sanaa astrological sign is Virgo.
In 2001, she received the NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress in a motion picture for her performance in Love and Basketball.
In 2000, she received the NAACP Image honor nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a motion picture for her role in The Best Man.
She's 5'7" (1.70m) tall.
She will play Beneatha Younger in the upcoming movie, A Raisin in the sun (2007).
In 2003, she played Ann Marei Harrison in Out of Time co-starring Denzel Washington.
In 2006, she played the role of Kenya Denise McQueen in Something New co-starring with Simon Baker.
The name Sanaa means both "work of art" and "beauty" in Swahili.
Sanaa: (Talking about her first experience on a movie set) Blade was my first movie. I was just terrified. I didn't know what was going on.
Sanaa: I'll eventually go back to theater because the feeling of being on stage where you have the audience right there, you can't replace that with anything.
Sanaa: I love making movies. I love the fact that movies are forever. When I'm 80, my grandkids can see me in Love and Basketball and in Brown Sugar.
Sanaa: (While filming AVP) I did work out every day. I needed it to have the endurance to do what needed to be done and not get hurt. I have such a new respect for action stars now.
Sanaa: (Talking about her audition for Love n' Basketball) I had never picked up a basketball before. I went through a grueling audition process. It was almost as if I was learning to walk. It would be like teaching somebody to dance ballet for a role.
Sanaa: Some of us just have to work harder to stay in the game.
Sanaa: We all have ideas about who we are, and sometimes we do step outside of that box.
Sanaa: Being strong can be also feminine. I don't think feminine equals being weak. Being strong is very sexy.