Dawnn Jewel Lewis (born August 13, 1961) is an American actress, singer, voice actress and songwriter.
Lewis is best known for her role as Jaleesa Vinson–Taylor on the NBC television sitcom A Different World from the series beginning in 1987 until the end of its fifth season in 1992, in addition to being on the show; Lewis co–wrote the theme song.
Lewis's other notable roles include portraying Robin Dumars on the ABC sitcom Hangin' With Mr.
Cooper for its first season (1992–93) and as Cheryl Spade in the 1988 film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.
Since then, Lewis has appeared in numerous TV series, including other sitcoms, and has also performed on stage.