Tichina Arnold

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Tichina Arnold
Tichina arnold 2008.jpg
Arnold in 2008
Tichina Rolanda Arnold

(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 52)
New York City, U.S.
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • singer
Years active1983–present
(m. 1991; div. 1995)

(m. 2012; div. 2016)
Partner(s)Carvin Haggins (2002–2007)
Musical career
Associated actsTisha Campbell

Tichina Rolanda Arnold[1] (/tɪˈʃnə/;[2] born June 28, 1969)[3][4][5] is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She began her career as a child actor, appearing in supporting roles in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) and How I Got into College (1989) before being cast as Pamela "Pam" James on the FOX sitcom Martin, which she played from 1992 until the show ended in 1997. Arnold also played the family matriarch Rochelle on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris from 2005 to 2009, and portrayed Judi Mann in the TV Land original sitcom Happily Divorced from 2011 to 2013. From 2014 to 2017, she played the lead role of Cassie Calloway on Survivor's Remorse. As of 2018, Arnold plays Tina Butler in the CBS sitcom series The Neighborhood. From 2018 to 2019, she played the role of Paulette in the South African series Lockdown.

Early life[edit]

Arnold was born in Queens, New York, to a working-class African-American family. Her mother, Diane, was a sanitation department worker and her father was a police officer.[6][7] She was raised in the Church of God in Christ.[8] She attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.[1]


Film and television[edit]

In 1986, 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 (1986) along with future Martin co-star Tisha Campbell.[9] Arnold was only sixteen at the time of filming, 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. Later that year, Arnold was cast as Sharla Valentine, a high-school friend of Emily Ann Sago (played by Liz Vassey) on the ABC-TV daytime drama All My Children. She continued in the role until 1991.

Arnold performs for service members during the United Service Organization's Holiday Tour, 2008.

Arnold's best-known television role was Pamela James on Martin Lawrence's sitcom Martin (1992–1997). She also played the recurring 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 character's wife) in the big screen road comedy/buddy film Wild Hogs. In 2003, she appeared in Civil Brand.[10] Arnold played the role of the matriarch, Rochelle, on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris[11] which premiered in September 2005 and ended in May 2009. In a departure from her known comedic roles, she played the title role in The Lena Baker Story (2008), which was about the first and only woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia.[8]

Arnold also played the voice of the friend in The Boondocks, episode "Attack of the Killer Kung-fu Wolf bench" which aired in 2007. In 2009, Arnold appeared onstage in The Wiz revival at the New York City Center in the part of Evillene, The Wicked Witch of the West.[12] 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.

Arnold played 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.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 1998, Arnold started her own company of designer headgear called "China Moon Rags".[14] The headbands were Swarovski crystal-embroidered bandanas. Celebrities such as her good friends Michel'le, Tisha Campbell, Janet Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, Regina King, Christina Aguilera and LisaRaye McCoy have modeled and been seen wearing Arnold's designs.[15] When her daughter was born, she stopped production.[16]

Arnold has a daughter, Alijah Kai Haggins (born March 16, 2004),[17][18] with music producer Carvin Haggins. In an interview with Joan Rivers, Arnold revealed that she had thought she was unable to conceive after bouts with endometriosis.[8]

On August 18, 2012, Arnold married St. Johns Men's Basketball assistant coach and former Golden State Warriors assistant coach DaRico Hines in Honolulu, Hawaii.[19] In January 2016, Arnold's representative confirmed she and Hines were divorcing.[20] The media reported that Hines had been unfaithful to Arnold, having made a sex tape with another woman during their marriage, which was later released to the public without his consent.[21]


In 2013, Arnold and her sister created the We Win Foundation, a foundation for people with lupus; her sister, Zenay, has the disease.[22]



Year Film Role Notes
1983 The Brass Ring Mary
1984[23] The House of Dies Drear Pesty
1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988 Starlight: A Musical Movie Evelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1990 Scenes From a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999 A Luv Tale
2000 Dancing in September Robber
2000 Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
2002 Yo Alien Ray Goods
2005 Preaching to the Choir Desiree
2005 Getting Played Woman in Restaurant
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
2008 Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma
2012 Stolen Child Claudia Television film
2012 The Great Divide Tosha
2013 Summoned Mylene Television film
2014 More to Love Margo
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short Charlotte Television film
2014 Top Five Theatre Manager
2015 Royal Family Thanksgiving Chevonne Television film
2015 Royal Family Christmas Chevonne Television film
2019 The Last Black Man in San Francisco Wanda
2019 Countdown Nurse Amy
2020 The Main Event Denise Thompson
TBA Runt Principal Carey Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987–89 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown
1989 The Cosby Show Delores Episode: "Theo's Women"
1990 Law & Order Leona Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1991 All My Children Sharla Valentine
1992–97 Martin Pamela "Pam" James Main role (132 episodes)
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show Carla Episode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
1999 Pacific Blue Dana Brown Episode: "Ghost Town"
1999 The Norm Show Mrs. Murphy Episode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–05 One on One Nicole Barnes Recurring role (15 episodes)
2002 Soul Food Adina Episode: "Past Imperfect"
2004 Listen Up Kiara Episode: "Thanksgiving"
2005–09 Everybody Hates Chris Rochelle Main role (88 episodes)
2007 The Boondocks Nicole (voice) Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009 Sherri Russell's Mamma Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Brothers Cynthia 3 episodes
2010 Pair of Kings Aunt Nancy 2 episodes
2011 Raising Hope Sylvia 3 episodes
2011 American Dad! Deborah (Voice) Episode: "A Ward Show"
2011 Are We There Yet? Vicky Howard Episode: "The Fight Party Episode"
2011, 2013 Let's Stay Together Dr. Knotts 2 episodes
2011–13 Happily Divorced Judi Mann Main role (34 episodes)
2014 Hit the Floor Mary Roman 2 episodes
2014 Celebrity Wife Swap Herself Episode: "Tichina Arnold/Kelly Packard"
2014–17 Survivor's Remorse Cassie Calloway Main role (36 episodes)
2015 Black Dynamite Honeybee's Singing Voice Episode: "The Wizard of Watts"
2016 The Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: "Tichina Arnold/Steve Schirripa"
2017 Daytime Divas Mo Evans 7 episodes
2018 Lockdown Paulette 6 episodes
2018–present The Neighborhood Tina Butler Main role
2021 Devil May Care Jezebeth Episode: "The Sisters"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1988 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: Daytime Nominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Won
2006 BET Awards Best Actress Herself Nominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Won
TV - Choice Actress: Comedy Nominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Won
2007 Nominated
2008 Nominated
2009 Nominated
2010 Nominated


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  6. ^ Burton, Valorie. Listen to Your Life Spotlight: Tichina Arnold. Blackamericaweb. December 20, 2004.
  7. ^ Elber, Lynn (2019-02-15). "Tichina Arnold finds a new sitcom home in 'The Neighborhood'". AP NEWS. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  8. ^ a b c "In Bed With Joan Episode 12 Tichina Arnold". October 10, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2020 – via YouTube.
  9. ^ Taylor, Clarke (January 3, 1987). "'Little Shop' Turns Into A Delight For Doo-wop Trio". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  10. ^ Nathan Southern "Allmovie"
  11. ^ Barker, Andrew (June 7, 2006). "Tichina Arnold, 'Everybody Hates Chris'". Variety. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  12. ^ Isherwood, Charles (June 18, 2009). "Not in Kansas, or This Century: Back on That Road to the '70s". The New York Times. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  13. ^ Star, Tyrell "Tichina Arnold's New TV Show Pilot Happily Divorced"[permanent dead link], Tyrell Star, February 1, 2011.
  14. ^ China Moon Rags pag
  15. ^ September 2005 Interview Archived 2011-07-24 at the Wayback Machine. Thecrusade.net. Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  16. ^ Essence Magazine 2008 Interview. Realgossip101.blogspot.com (2008-01-29). Retrieved on 2011-09-16.
  17. ^ Jet Magazine Birth Announcement. Findarticles.com (April 12, 2004). Retrieved on September 16, 2011.
  18. ^ "Actress Tichina Arnold Honored with Celebrity Baby Shower in Beverly Hills". Jet: 60. March 8, 2004 – via Google Books. open access
  19. ^ "Actress Tichina Arnold Talks Upcoming Wedding + Shows Off Her Engagement Ring!". theballerlife.com. The Baller Life. August 5, 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  20. ^ Chiu, Wendy (January 14, 2016). "Tichina Arnold and Rico Hines Divorce". People.com. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  21. ^ "Tichina Arnold 'Saved Herself' After Discovering Her Now Estranged Husband Made a Sex Tape with Another Woman". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  22. ^ Anderson, Tre'vell (October 6, 2015). "Tichina Arnold on 'Survivor's Remorse,' 'Martin' and her lupus foundation". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  23. ^ "The House of Dies Drear (1984)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 4, 2017.

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