Jamila Velazquez is an American actress. She is also a singer. In 2011, she made her acting debut playing the title role in the independent film Come Home Raquel. After this, she made her television debut in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She later starred as Sarita in the short-lived series Twisted, which aired from 2013 to 2014. Following this, she landed the part of Laura Calleros in the musical drama series Empire. She went on to have performances in the television shows Orange Is The New Black, Chicago P.D., and The Blacklist. This year, she appeared in the films John Henry and West Side Story.