She has an older sister, Kidada Jones, and five half-siblings by her father's other relationships.
She studied religion and philosophy and graduated in 1997.Jones made her professional acting debut in The Last Don, a 1997 mini-series based on the novel by Mario Puzo.She then co-starred in Unhitched, the short-lived 2008 comedy series produced by the Farrelly brothers.In January 2009, Jones voiced several characters in an episode of the Adult Swim show Robot Chicken.At Harvard, Jones was a resident of Eliot House and belonged to the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Harvard-Radcliffe Opportunes, Black Students Association and the "semi-secret" Signet Society.
Instead, she became involved in the performing arts, and served as musical director for the Opportunes a cappella group, co-composed the score for the 149th annual Hasty Pudding Theatricals performance, and acted in several plays.
Her mother told Entertainment Tonight that Jones is "also a fabulous singer and songwriter, so she has inherited it (from Quincy), there's no question about it.
Her dad's teaching her how to orchestrate and arrange too." Jones's parents divorced when she was 14 years old; her sister subsequently remained with their father while she moved to Brentwood with their mother.
Later that year, she played Dr Rachel Keyes in Little Black Book and starred as Edie Miller in British drama series NY-LON.
In 2005, Jones played Karen in the Stella pilot on Comedy Central and special government agent Carla Merced in the TNT police drama Wanted.
In his autobiography, Jones's father recalled how he would often find his five-year-old daughter under the covers after bedtime with a flashlight reading five books at a time.