Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 24, 2008
BornTichina Rolanda Arnold
(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 44)
Queens, New York, USA
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Lamon Brewster (m. 1991; div. 1995)
Rico Hines (m. 2012)
Partner(s)Carvin Haggins
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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold talks with a fan at Yokota Air Base, Japan, March 24, 2008
BornTichina Rolanda Arnold
(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 44)
Queens, New York, USA
OccupationActress, Singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Lamon Brewster (m. 1991; div. 1995)
Rico Hines (m. 2012)
Partner(s)Carvin Haggins

Tichina Rolanda Arnold (born June 28, 1969) is an American actress and singer. She is known for having portrayed the roles of Pamela James on the FOX sitcom Martin and the family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. She also portrayed Judi Mann in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced

Early life[edit]

Tichina Arnold was born to a middle-class African-American family in Queens, New York. Her mother was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer.[1] She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[2] Her penchant for performing began in her childhood, holding church congregations enthralled as a four-year-old. When she turned eight, her mother and uncle encouraged her to audition, and she won a part in her first play The Me Nobody Knows at the Billie Holiday Theater in Brooklyn[citation needed]. She continued to perform in the theater and at supper clubs, starring in such productions as Hair, Romance and Hard Times[citation needed]. She then landed small roles in TV movies such as The Brass Ring in 1983 and PBS' House of Dies Drear the year after[citation needed]. Arnold has one sister.


In 1986, Tichina Arnold appeared as Crystal, one of the three chorus girls who perform R&B numbers in Frank Oz's film musical Little Shop of Horrors along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell. Arnold was only 17 at the time, and her career continued steadily after that, with a role or two almost every year, including the films How I Got into College and the Paul Mazursky/Woody Allen collaboration Scenes from a Mall (1991). In February 1987 Arnold scored her first big break on television, with a permanent role on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. Her critically lauded role, as young heroine Zena Brown, landed her a Daytime Emmy Award nomination in 1988. She continued in the role until the series ended in January 1989.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the role of Nicole Barnes on the sitcom One on One. In 2000, she was reunited with Martin Lawrence in Big Momma's House. In 2007, she again reunited with Lawrence (this time as his wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand.[3] In a departure from her normally comedic casting, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story, which was about the first woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. She also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf Bitch" which aired in 2007.

Her most recent stage credits, include: The Wiz Revival at the NY City Center as the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West. In 2010 she guest starred in the one-hour episode premiere of the Disney XD Original Series Pair of Kings as Aunt Nancy, and also reprise her role for one more episode.

Although not as widely known for her work in music, Arnold has experienced success as a recording artist; she co-wrote and performed the duet, "Movin Up," which reached #2 on the Billboard Club Play chart with fellow high school alum and house music artist Inaya Day. Arnold is credited using the moniker China Ro, a pseudonym that was derived from the using only the latter part of her first name and the first two letters of her middle name.

Tichina Arnold stared as the best friend of Fran Drescher in the TV Land sitcom Happily Divorced, which is based on Fran Drescher's real-life marriage and divorce to series co-creator Peter Marc Jacobson.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags".[5] The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her best friend Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs.[6] When her daughter was born, she stopped production.[7]

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai (born March 16, 2004 [8][9]), with music producer Carvin Haggins.

On August 19, 2012, Arnold married St. Johns men's basketball assistant coach Rico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii.[10]



YearFilmRoleOther notes
1983The Brass RingMary
1984House of Dies DrearPesty
1986Little Shop of HorrorsCrystal
1988Starlight: A Musical MovieEvelyn Ruth
1989How I Got into CollegeVera Cook
1991Scenes From a MallTicket Seller
1997Fakin' Da FunkTracy
1999A Luv Tale
2000Dancing in SeptemberRobber
Big Momma's HouseRitha
2002Civil BrandAisha
Yo AlienRay Goods
2005Preaching to the ChoirDesiree
Getting PlayedWoman in Restaurant
2007Wild HogsKaren Davis
2008Drillbit TaylorPhotography Teacher
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker StoryLena Baker
2009Dance FlickRay's Mamma
1987–1989Ryan's HopeZena Brown
1989The Cosby ShowDeloresEpisode: "Theo's Women"
1989–1991All My ChildrenSharla Valentine
1990Law & OrderLeonaEpisode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1992–1997MartinPamela 'Pam' JamesMain role; 124 episodes
1998The Jamie Foxx ShowCarlaEpisode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
1999Pacific BlueEpisode: "Ghost Town"
The Norm ShowMrs. MurphyEpisode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–2005One on OneNicole Barnes15 episodes
2002Soul FoodAdinaEpisode: "Past Imperfect"
2004Listen UpKiaraEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
2005–2009Everybody Hates ChrisRochelleMain role; 88 episodes
2007The BoondocksNicole (voice)Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009SherriRussell's MammaEpisode: "Pilot"
BrothersCynthiaEpisodes: "Lenny", "Commercial/Coach DMV", "Christmas"
2010Pair of KingsAunt NancyEpisode: "The Bite Stuff"
2011Raising HopeSylviaEpisodes: "Romeo and Romeo", "Sleep Training", "Everybody Flirts... Sometimes"
Are We There Yet?Vicky HowardEpisode: "The Fight Party Episode"
2011–2013Let's Stay TogetherDr. KnottsEpisodes: "Marriage 101", "Hot Junk"
2011–2013Happily DivorcedJudi MannMain role
2012–presentMalibu StacyGlória Ray35 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1988Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Ingenue in a Drama SeriesRyan's HopeNominated
1989Soap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Female Newcomer: DaytimeNominated
1996Image AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesMartinWon
2006BET AwardsBest ActressHerselfNominated
Teen Choice AwardsTV - Choice Parental UnitEverybody Hates ChrisWon
TV - Choice Actress: ComedyNominated
Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesWon


  1. ^ Valorie Burton Listen to Your Life Spotlight: Tichina Arnold. Blackamericaweb. December 20, 2004
  2. ^ Tichina Arnold Biography - Yahoo! Movies. Movies.yahoo.com (1971-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  3. ^ Nathan Southern "Allmovie"
  4. ^ Star, Tyrell "Tichina Arnold’s New TV Show Pilot Happily Divorced", Tyrell Star, February 1, 2011.
  5. ^ China Moon Rags pag
  6. ^ September 2005 Interview. Thecrusade.net. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  7. ^ Essence Magazine 2008 Interview. Realgossip101.blogspot.com (2008-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  8. ^ Tichina Arnold On Wendy Williams Show, Friday 26 November 2010[dead link]
  9. ^ Jet Magainze Birth Announcement. Findarticles.com (2004-04-12). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  10. ^ http://ballerwives.com/2011/08/05/actress-tichina-arnold-talks-upcoming-wedding-shows-off-her-engagment-ring/comment-page-1/#comment-66664,

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