Friday, February 14, 2020


The Friday Hall of Famers entry for this week falls on Valentine’s Day in Black History Month.  So we’re using the forum to send a Valentine to Tracee Ellis Ross’ character of Rainbow Johnson who first appeared in the sitcom ‘Black-ish’.  But this isn’t a tribute just to Tracee Ellis Ross, because the character is played at an earlier age by Arica Himmel. (Recastaways due to aging are automatically accepted.)

So let’s salute our latest member of the TVXOHOF….


"If I'm not black,
can someone please tell my hair
and my ass?"

From Wikipedia:

‘Black-ish’ follows an upper middle class African-American family led by Andre 'Dre' Johnson (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross). The show revolves around the family's lives, as they juggle several personal and sociopolitical issues.

The show also features the characters Zoey Johnson (Yara Shahidi), Andre Johnson, Jr. (Marcus Scribner), Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), and Diane Johnson (Marsai Martin).

In 2014, Ross was cast in the ABC comedy series ‘Black-ish’, opposite Anthony Anderson.  She plays the female lead role of Dr. Rainbow Johnson. The series debuted with generally positive reviews from critics. Ross received three NAACP Image Awards and received nominations for two Critics' Choice Television Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance in the series.

Ross's 2016 nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series was the first for an African-American woman in that category in 30 years.

From the ‘Black-ish’ wiki:
Rainbow Johnson is an anesthesiologist, the bi-racial wife of Dre Johnson and mother of Zoey, Junior, Diane, Jack and DeVonte Johnson. She is kind, funny, selfless and nice - usually, the person to put Dre and his craziness in his place.

She was raised by an interracial hippie couple.

Her surname was already Johnson before she and Dre were married.

She speaks Spanish.

She and her siblings have very unusual names - Johan and Santamonica.

She went to Brown University in Rhode Island.

Bow is terrified of birds.

Bow has met Rick Fox.


October 29, 1976 (age 43)

Alicia Johnson (mother)
Paul Johnson (father, deceased)
Johan Johnson (brother)
Santamonica Johnson (sister)
Andre Johnson (husband)
Zoey Johnson (daughter)
Andre Johnson, Jr. (son)
Jack Johnson (son)
Diane Johnson (daughter)
Devonte Johnson (son)
Earl Johnson (father-in-law)
Ruby Johnson (mother-in-law)
Rhonda Johnson (sister-in-law)
Sharon Johnson (sister-in-law by marriage via Rhonda)
June Bug (cousin-in-law)
Kyra (cousin-in-law)


Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Arica Himmel (Mixed-ish)

Here are the roles that have qualified “Bow” for membership in the Television Crossover Hall of Fame.

Mixed-ish  (ABC)
14 episodes

From the IMDb:
Follows Bow's parents, Paul and Alicia, who are forced to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family after the dissolution of their cult.

Black-ish (ABC)
133 episodes [so far]

From the IMDb:
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.

And to make the third requirement fulfilled, it only needed one episode....

Grown-ish (Freeform)

From the IMDb:
A spinoff of ABC's "Black-ish," Zoey Johnson is off to college and must live outside the nest, dealing with drugs, sex, and relationships along the way.

- Cashin' Out (2018)

From the IMDb:
Zoey faces a difficult decision that may change her future after she gets put on the spot on national television.  
(And guess who sees her daughter on TV at that moment?)

Welcome to the Hall, Dr. Johnson.

And happy Valentine's Day….  

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1 comment:

Siryn said...

Per mixed-ish, she's 12 in 1985, making her birth year 1973.