Tichina Arnold

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Arnold in 2008
Tichina Rolanda Arnold

(1969-06-28) June 28, 1969 (age 53)
New York City, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1983–present
(m. 1993;div. 1997)

(m. 2012;div. 2016)
Partner(s) Carvin Haggins (2002–2007)
Musical career
Instruments Vocals

Tichina Rolanda Arnold [1] ( /tɪˈʃnə/ ; [2] born June 28, 1969) [3] [4] [5] is an American actress. 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

Arnold was born in Queens, New York City, to a working-class family. Her mother, Diane, was a sanitation worker and her father Gene Arnold 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

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. Tichina Arnold Al Asad.jpg
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

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]



1986 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal
1988Starlight: A Musical MovieEvelyn Ruth
1989 How I Got into College Vera Cook
1991 Scenes from a Mall Ticket Seller
1997 Fakin' Da Funk Tracy
1999A Luv TaleWendi
2000 Dancing in September Robber
Big Momma's House Ritha
2002 Civil Brand Aisha
Yo AlienRay Goods
2005 Preaching to the Choir Desiree
2007 Wild Hogs Karen Davis
2008 Drillbit Taylor Photography Teacher
Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story Lena Baker
2009 Dance Flick Ray's Mamma
2012The Great DivideTosha
2014More to LoveMargo
Top Five Theatre Manager
2019 The Last Black Man in San Francisco Wanda
Countdown Nurse Amy
All the Way with YouLorreta
2020 Runt Principal Carey
The Main Event Denise Thompson
2021Wonder LondonRenee


1983The Brass RingMaryTV movie
1984The House of Dies Drear [23] PestyTV movie
1986 Sesame Street TichinaEpisode: "Another cold day on Sesame Street"
1987–89 Ryan's Hope Zena Brown Regular cast
1989 The Cosby Show DeloresEpisode: "Theo's Women"
1990 Law & Order LeonaEpisode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1990–91 All My Children Sharla ValentineRegular cast
1992–97 Martin Pamela "Pam" JamesMain cast
1994 Soul Train Herself/Guest HostEpisode: "Xscape/Gerald Albright"
1998 The Jamie Foxx Show CarlaEpisode: "Soul Mate to Cellmate"
Perfect PreySusieTV movie
1999 Pacific Blue Dana BrownEpisode: "Ghost Town"
The Norm Show Mrs. MurphyEpisode: "Norm vs. the Boxer"
2001–05 One on One Nicole BarnesRecurring cast (season 1–3), guest (season 4)
2002 Intimate Portrait HerselfEpisode: "Tisha Campbell-Martin"
Biography HerselfEpisode: "Martin Lawrence: Comic Trip"
Soul Food AdinaEpisode: "Past Imperfect"
2004 Punk'd HerselfEpisode: "Episode #3.2"
Listen Up KiaraEpisode: "Thanksgiving"
2005 Getting Played Woman in RestaurantTV movie
2005–09 Everybody Hates Chris RochelleMain cast
2007 The Boondocks Nicole, Brenda Harvey (voice)Episode: "Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch"
2009 Sherri Russell's MammaEpisode: "Pilot"
Brothers CynthiaRecurring cast
2010–11 Pair of Kings Aunt NancyEpisode: "Return of the Kings" & "The Bite Stuff"
2011 Are We There Yet? Vicky HowardEpisode: "The Fight Party Episode"
American Dad! Deborah (Voice)Episode: "A Ward Show"
Raising Hope SylviaRecurring cast (season 1)
2011–13 Let's Stay Together Dr. KnottsEpisode: "Marriage 101" & "Hot Junk"
Happily Divorced Judi MannMain cast
2012Stolen ChildClaudiaTV movie
2013 Summoned MyleneTV movie
2014 Hit the Floor Mary RomanEpisode: "Blow Out" & "Winner Takes All"
Celebrity Wife Swap HerselfEpisode: "Tichina Arnold/Kelly Packard"
A Day Late and a Dollar ShortCharlotteTV movie
2014–17 Survivor's Remorse Cassie CallowayMain cast
2015Royal Family ThanksgivingChevonneTV movie
Royal Family ChristmasChevonneTV movie
Chopped HerselfEpisode: "Sitcom Moms"
Black Dynamite Honeybee's Singing Voice (voice)Episode: "The Wizard of Watts"
Born Again Virgin QuinnEpisode: "Off to See the Wizard"
2017 Daytime Divas Mo EvansRecurring cast
2018LockdownPauletteMain cast
2018–present The Neighborhood Tina ButlerMain cast
2018–21 Soul Train Music Awards Herself/Co-HostTV special
2021 Devil May Care Jezebeth (voice)Episode: "The Sisters"
2022 Bob Hearts Abishola Tina ButlerEpisode: "Compress to Impress"

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1988 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series Ryan's Hope Nominated
1989 Soap Opera Digest Awards Outstanding Female Newcomer: DaytimeNominated
1996 Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Martin Won
2006 BET Awards Best ActressHerselfNominated
Teen Choice Awards TV - Choice Parental Unit Everybody Hates Chris Won
TV - Choice Actress: ComedyNominated
Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Comedy SeriesWon

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