Tichina Arnold

Tichina ArnoldTichina Arnold is a two time NAACP Image Award winning actress. Her first Image Award was for her role as Pam Jones on the hit T.V. series “Martin.” Her second award was for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her first season starring in the critically acclaimed comedy “Everybody Hates Chris,” a series inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock. Tichina plays Rochelle, Chris’ (Tyler James Williams) strict, sassy mother, who runs the household on a tight budget, but is the glue that holds the family together.

Tichina has also appeared on television in “Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law & Order,” “The Norm Show,” “One on One”, “Brothers” and “Raising Hope.” Her animation credits include “American Dad” and “The Boondocks.”

In film, she has starred in “Big Momma’s House” with Martin Lawrence, the critically acclaimed “Civil Brand,” as well as “Dancing in September,” “Scenes from a Mall”, “The Little Shop of Horrors” and the blockbuster comedy “Wild Hogs,” starring Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta.

She starred in her first dramatic role titled, “The Lena Baker Story”, co-starring Peter Coyote, Beverly Todd and Michael Rooker which was released on DVD in January 2011. She plays the title role of Baker, the first Georgia woman sent to the electric chair. Baker became a virtual sex slave to her white employer (Peter Coyote) and killed him, claiming self-defense. Tichina also filmed roles in “Transformers 2” and “Dance Flick,” the Wayans Brothers film.

Currently Tichina is working on the new sitcom “Happily Divorced” which stars Fran Drescher of “The Nanny” and Rita Moreno, the Academy and Tony Award-winning actress, which premiered June 15, 2011 on TV Land. “Happily Divorced” follows the life of Fran Drescher’s character after finding out her husband is gay, with the two of them still living under the same roof. Tichina plays Judi, Fran’s best friend who does her best to help guide the newly-divorced Fran back into the world of dating after having been married to a gay man for 18 years.

After getting her first taste of performing in front of her family’s church congregation at age 4, Tichina began vocal training and appearing on stage at an early age. She first appeared in “The Me Nobody Knows” at Brooklyn’s Billie Holiday Theatre, followed by “Hair,” “Romance and Hard Times,” and “Haggadah” at The Joseph Papp Theatre. In 2004, she toured in the lead role of the musical hit “If These Hips Could Talk,” which broke box office records in over 55 cities. In 2007, she starred in a holiday play, written and directed by Debbie Allen called “Alex in Wonderland.” She also appeared in the revival production of “The Wiz” as the villainous Evilene at the City Center in New York and has recently appeared in the Off-Broadway smash “Love, Loss, and What I Wore”.

In addition to her acting career, Tichina lends her time to several charitable organizations. She is on the National PTA Advisory Board, the largest volunteer child advocacy association in the nation. The National PTA provides families, both children and parents alike, a powerful voice with which to speak so that our children can be successful in school and in life. This is something Tichina feels very passionately about. She also cares about children and the youth of Los Angeles and has dedicated many man hours to seeing organizations that strive to help our youth prosper and thrive. She has done extensive work to help raise money for several of these organizations, like Hire L.A., which she works on with Mayor Villaraigosa’s office, an organization that is dedicated to helping train the youth of Los Angeles and give them the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced work environment.

Tichina has also helped raise money for children who are sick and in need, having worked with several organizations such as Voices for America’s Children, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Rally for Kids with Cancer, First Star for Children’s Rights and Cancer Schmancer. As a mother herself, she is dedicated to helping these causes whose sole purpose is to help those children who so often have no voice of their own. She also remains active in her community by speaking out on issues that involve the NAACP in the entertainment industry.

In between acting jobs, Tichina has been recording an album and has formed her band “KNOW Pressure.” She and KNOW Pressure have been playing regularly to packed audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Originally from Queens, New York, Tichina Arnold and her daughter Alijah, live in Los Angeles.

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