Tichina Arnold

Published November 10, 2010

Tichina Arnold is a two-time NAACP Image Award-winning actress.  Her first Image Award was for her role as Pam Jones on the hit TV 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.” Arnold has also appeared on television in “Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law & Order,” “The Norm Show,”  “One on One,” and “Brothers” and films including “Big Momma's House,” “Civil Brand,” “Dancing in September,” “Scenes from a Mall,” “The Little Shop of Horrors,” “Wild Hogs,” “Transformers 2” and “Dance Flick.” She starred in her first dramatic role titled “The Lena Baker Story” playing Baker, the first Georgia woman sent to the electric chair.

After getting her first taste of performing in front of her family's church congregation at age 4, Arnold 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 recently appeared in the revival production of “The Wiz” as the villainous Evilene at the City Center in New York.

In addition to her acting career, Arnold 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 Ms. Arnold 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.

She 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.

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

Written by BET-Staff

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