Diarra Kilpatrickas Akosua Millard, codenamed "Koko"
Born in Detroit, Diarra Kilpatrick is an actress and writer who studied drama at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Diarra is the creator and star of the Viola Davis-produced digital series, American KoKo, now streaming on ABC.com and the original Amazon pilot, The Climb. Other acting television and film credits include: Mike and Molly, Southland, Private Practice, Major Crimes and Lila and Eve opposite Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. Diarra also stars in the feature film, Salton Sea, written and directed by Veena Sud, creator of AMC's The Killing. Diarra has also garnered multiple awards for her work on stage including the LA Weekly and NAACP Theater awards for Best Leading Actress in a play. She's also received to two Ovation Award nominations. Additional writing credits include NBC's Mysteries of Laura and TBS's The Last O.G., starring Tracy Morgan and executive produced by Jordan Peele.