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,” a series inspired by the childhood experiences of comedian Chris Rock. Arnold plays Rochelle, Chris' (Tyler James Williams) strict, sassy mother, who runs the household on a tight budget, but is the glue that holds the family together.
Arnold worked on another hit TV series "Happily Divorced" which starred Fran Drescher of "The Nanny" and Rita Moreno, the Academy® and Tony® award-winning actress. "Happily Divorced" followed the life of Fran Drescher's character after finding out her husband is gay, with the two of them still living under the same roof. Arnold played
Judi, Fran's best friend who does her best to help guide the newly-divorced Fran back into the world of dating after having been married to a gay man for 18 years.
Arnold has also appeared on television in “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 the voice of the ‘Pink Pill’ wireless speaker by Beats By Dre.
In film, she has 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 blockbuster comedy Wild Hogs, starring Tim Allen, Martin Lawrence, William H. Macy and John Travolta.
She starred in her first dramatic role titled, The Lena Baker Story, co-starring Peter Coyote, Beverly Todd, and Michael Rooker. She plays the title role of Baker, the first Georgia woman sent to the electric chair. Baker became a virtual sex slave to her white employer (Peter Coyote) and killed him, claiming self-defense. Arnold is also featured in Lifetime’s “A Day Late A Dollar Short” starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ving Rhames based on a novel written by Terry MacMillan, 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 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 also appeared in the revival production of “The Wiz” as the villainous ‘Evilene’ at the City Center in New York and has 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. 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 Tichina 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 worked on with former Mayor Villaraigosa’s office, an organization that was dedicated to training the youth of Los Angeles and give them the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-paced work environment. 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 has also helped lend her time and help raise more awareness and money for those who are sick and in need, having worked with several organizations over the years. She and her sister 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.
In between acting jobs, Arnold loves performing her music with her band KNOW Pressure. She and KNOW Pressure have been playing regularly to packed audiences throughout the greater Los Angeles area.