Paula Maxine Patton born December 5,  is an American actress. Her mother is white and her father is African-American. Shortly after completing her studies, she won a three-month assignment making documentaries for PBS. Patton provided additional vocals for Usher on his album Confessions. She provided the female vocal counterpart on the song "Can U Handle It? Patton made her film debut with a small part in the romantic comedy film Hitch , alongside Will Smith and Eva Mendes.