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 television 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.
Arnold has numerous other television credits including “Happily Divorced” with Fran Drescher. She has also appeared on “Ryan’s Hope,” “All My Children,” “The Cosby Show,” “Law & Order,” “The Norm Show,” “One on One,” “Brothers,” “Raising Hope” and “Let’s Stay Together.” Her animation credits include “American Dad,” “The Boondocks” and presently in the commercial as the voice of the “Pink Pill” wireless speaker by Beats By Dre.
In film, Arnold 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 comedy “Wild Hogs,” starring Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta. She starred in her first dramatic role in the film “The Lena Baker Story,” followed by “Transformers 2,” “Stolen Child,” “Summoned,” “The Great Divide” and “Dance Flick.”
After getting her first taste of performing in front of her family’s church congregation at age four, Arnold began vocal training and appearing on stage. 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, Arnold toured in the lead role of the musical “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.” Arnold also appeared in the revival production of “The Wiz” as the villainous Evilene at the City Center in New York and recently appeared in the Off-Broadway smash “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”
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. Arnold has helped raise money and has also dedicated many hours to various Los Angeles organizations that strive to help young people including Hire L.A. She has also supported other educational organizations including America’s Promise Grad Nation Campaign, Black Girls Rock, BET’s Leading Women Defined and Microsoft’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Program. Arnold, along with her sister Zenay, formed the We Win Foundation which helps individuals, as well as the families/caregivers who support those suffering with Lupus and other related autoimmune diseases.
Arnold loves performing in her band KNOW Pressure, where she regularly plays to packed audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Arnold currently resides in Los Angeles.