*(Robert Guillaume/costar) Bob Ballard, a veteran black police detective teamed
with a white partner Richard Capparelli at the eccentric beach community of
Venice, California. John Hancock played Hank Bishop, a large black deputy
*(Jermain H. Johnson) Booker T. Freeman, a young black youth who lived in a
rural southern community of Palmerstown during the depression. The series
focused on his relations with a young white boy. Also featured were Bill Duke
and Jonelle Adams as Booker's parents Luther (a blacksmith) and Bessie; and
Star-Shemah Bobatoon as Booker's older sister, Diana Freeman.
THE PARENT 'HOOD/WB/1995-99
*(Robert Townsend) Robert Peterson, a black college professor and family man.
His wife, Jerri (Suzzanne Douglas) was a law student. Their four children were
teenagers Michael (Kenny Blank) and Zaria (Reagan Gomez-Preston) and youngsters
Nicholas (Curtis Williams) and Cece (Ashli Amari Adams). Derek Sawyer/Bobby
McGee as Derek and Carol Woods as Mrs. Wilson appeared as neighbors. During the
fall of 1997, Jerri and Roberts take a street-smart foster child T. K. (Tyrone
Dorzell Burton) into their home.
*(Countess Vaughn) Kim Parker, a young opinionated black teenager who helps her
mother Nikki Parker (played by Mo’Nique) finish her high school education.
Unfortunately, now Kim’s flamboyant mother wants to go college-the same college
(Santa Monica Jr. College) that Kim is going to attend. Other cast included Mari
Morrow as Desiree Littlejohn; Dorien Wilson as Professor Oglevee; Ken Lawson as
Thaddeus Tyrell Radcliffe; Lark Voorhies as Chandra; Jenna Von Oy as Stevie Van
Lowe; and Yvette Wilson as Andell Wilkerson, the owner of The Den, a favorite
hangout. The Kim Parker character previously appeared on the sitcom MOESHA as
Moesha Mitchell’s irrepressible best friend. a
*(James Earl Jones) Captain Woodrow "Woody" Paris, a black policeman who taught
a night course in criminology at a local university. Lee Chamberlain played his
**(Lionel Smith) Aaron "Mac" Macrae, a black attorney and former Vietnam war
veteran confined to a wheelchair while working with a motley group of lawyers at
a New York City Legal Clinic.
*(Rupert Crosse/costar) George Robinson, a cool black police detective who was
always getting into trouble with his white partner, Lennie Cooke.
THE PEARL BAILEY SHOW/ABC/1971
*(Pearl Bailey) Pearl Bailey, veteran black singer entertainer, hosted this
short-lived musical/variety program, which featured her husband, Louis Bellson
as the shows bandleader.
PENSACOLA: WINGS OF GOLD/SYN/1997-2000
**(Bobby Hosea) Maj. MacArthur "Hammer" Lewis Jr., black Marine Corps Executive
Officer (XO) stationed at Pensacola Florida military installation (VMFAT-107)
and assigned to train a squad of hotshot fighter pilots. Hammer, a Desert Storm
vet, plays “bad cop” to get the best performance out of his recruits. Hammer
embodies the Marines strict code of honor, discipline and respect.
**(Percy Rodriguez) Dr. Harry Miles (introduced in the 1968-69 season), a black
neurosurgeon who lived in the New England town of Peyton Place with his wife,
Alma played by Ruby Dee. Glynn Turman appeared as their teenage son, Lew.
*(voice of Eddie Murphy) Thurgood Stubbs, harried and opinionated black building
superintendent for the mythical inner-city housing project (aka "PJs") The PJs
was the first black animated puppet series to air on primetime television.
Thurgood spent his days contending with his saintly wife, Muriel (voice of
Loretta Divine) as well as a bevy of misfit tenants. Called "Fat Albert for
grown ups," THE PJs featured racy ghetto humor as well as sophisticated
foamation puppet techniques created by Will "Claymation" Vinton (of California
*(Ice-T/costar) Isaac “Ice” Gregory, black ex-con recruited by FBI experimental
unit that uses streetwise felons to bring down criminals in high-risk undercover
POLICE ACADEMY: THE SERIES/SYN/1997
**(Michael Winslow) Sgt. Larvelle Jones, black police officer connected with the
Los Angles police training academy and responsible for a new class of screw-ups
and oddballs who were recently accepted in the facility. Michael Winslow (who
can make highly realistic sound effects-sirens, gunfire, etc. with only his
mouth) appeared in the original feature film Police Academy (1984) as Cadet
Larvelle Jones and continued his role as Officer Jones in a series of successful
Police Academy movie sequels.
**(Ed Bernard) Joe Styles, a black Los Angeles vice-squad detective and fellow
worker of policewoman Pepper Anderson.
POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY/SHO/1996-97/SYN/1997-99
**(Robbi Chong) Alexandra "Alex" Moreau, a black psychic and researcher working
for the Luna Foundation, a front for the "Legacy House," an organization that
explores paranormal and occult phenomena.
THE POPCORN KID/CBS/1987
**(Jeffrey Joseph) Willie Dawson, a young, black movie house employee who worked
around the candy and popcorn counter of the Majestic Theater in Kansas City.
Willie was a halfback on his high school football team who wanted to use his
athletic abilities to springboard him to college and a better career.
**(Anal Lopez Goran) Poppita "Poppy" Fresh, a student at Kennedy High School.
She is African-American and new to the school during the 2000-2001seasons. She
hangs out with the "popular" kids including Mary Cherry; cheerleaders Brooke
McQueen and Nicole Julian; and football players Josh Ford, and Mike "Sugar
**(Sam Laws) Nate, a black house servant for a Manhattan physician. Mike Evans
of THE JEFFERSONS had a minor role as Lenny, a medical intern.
*(Lisa Gay Hamilton/costar) Rebecca Washington, a black office manager for
Donnell & Associates, a poorly financed legal firm located in the city of
Boston. Also featured was Steve Harris as Eugene Young, a burly, bald black
attorney who previously worked as a private detective.
THE PRESTON EPISODES/FOX/1995
*(David Alan Grier) David Preston, a black divorced English professor who took a
job at Stuff, a New York gossip magazine. Also featured were Judith Scott as
coworker Kelly Freeman; and Deborah Lacey as Mary Ann, Preston's ex-wife.
*(Joe Morton/costar) Lt. Tom Warner, black supervisor of a special unit of
undercover detectives working out of a secret warehouse headquarters behind a
print shop on Prince Street in the Soho section of New York City. The series was
inspired by a real team of policemen started up in 1971 and operated for twenty
**(Hal Williams) Sgt Lucien C. "Ted" Ross, a black U.S. Army drill instructor
(recreating his movie role of Boot Camp Training Sergeant) in charge of a group
of female recruits at Fort Bradley, outside Biloxi, Mississippi. Also featured
was Francesca Roberts as black Pvt. Harriet Dorsey; and Damita Jo Freeman as
Pvt. Jackie Sims. In the 1980 movie "Private Benjamin" as Damita Jo Freeman
played the role of Pvt. Gloria Moe.
**(Erica Gimpel) Angel Brown, black artist/teacher/metal sculptor who was placed
under the protection of the Violent Crimes Task Force based in Atlanta, Georgia.
on 9/28/96 when her life was endangered by a serial killer known as "Jack of All
Trades." Angel is a close childhood friend of Samantha Waters and lives with and
cares for her young daughter Chloe, both of whom are primary targets of the
illusive "Jack." Angel Brown offered Dr. Waters residence following the murder
of her husband, Prof. Tom Waters. After withdrawing from the FBI, Dr. Waters and
daughter Chloe lived in seclusion with Ms. Brown on a farm that had been in her
family for over 100 years. When "Jack of All Trades" (who killed Sam's husband)
threatened their lives, Ms. Brown, Dr. Waters and Chloe were relocated to a VCTF
living facility set up in an abandoned Atlanta firehouse Their new home was
secured with video surveillance linked directly to VCTF headquarters and
protected by FBI agents. The Angel Brown character appeared during the 1996-1999
*(Hari Rhodes/costar) William Washburn, a black district attorney at odds with
the "By-the-Book" Deputy police Chief of a large metropolitan city.
**(Leslie Silva) Dr. Helen Reynolds, a by-the-book black doctor who operated a
low-income medical clinic in the city of Providence, Rhode Island.
PUBLIC EYE WITH BRYANT GUMBEL/CBS/1997
*(Bryant Gumbel) Former TODAY host Bryant Gumbel takes the reigns of this
hour-long primetime news magazine filled with live interviews and commentary.
**(Joseph Latimore) Darnell Ruggs, a black member of a raunchy bunch of New York
City vice-squad detectives.
**(Cherie Johnson) Cherie Johnson, a young black girl and playmate of Punky
Brewster, a seven-year old white girl who was adopted by an elderly Chicago
photographer and building manager. Susie Garrett appeared as Cheri's
grandmother, Mrs. Betty Johnson. She worked as a nurse at Cook County Hospital
and raised her granddaughter after an accident killed Cheri’s parents.
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