**(Madge Sinclair) Gussie Lemmons, a black restaurant owner and friend of Ohara,
an oriental police detective who frequented her Los Angeles establishment.
ON OUR OWN/ABC/1994-95
*(Ralph Louis Harris/costar) Josh Jerrico, a restaurant manager and eldest
sibling of a group of black orphans who masqueraded in drag as Aunt Jelcinda to
fool Children's Services in keeping his family together. Other Jerrico family
members included JoJo Smollett as Jimi; Jazz Smollett as Jai; Jussie Smollett as
Jesse; Jurnee Smollett as Jordee; Jake Smollett as Joe; and Jocqui Smollett as
baby Jarreau. The six younger Jerrico children were played by the Smollett clan,
a New York-based rap/R&B musical family.
ONE IN A MILLION/ABC/1980
*(Shirley Hemphill) Shirley Simmons, a black female cab driver who inherited
control of a multi-million dollar corporation upon the death of one of her
**(Harvey Silver) Neal Smith, a black teenager adopted into a multi-racial
family supervised by caucasian Dave Blake and his wife Karen. Neal is a natural
genius, introspective and has good problem solving abilities that everyone seems
to ignore. Actor Harry Silver was actually raised in a foster care system and
lived in a group home.
OPEN ALL NIGHT/ABC/1981-82
**(Bubba Smith) Robin, a towering black night manager of a "364" convenience
store (they only closed on Christmas).
THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW/SYN/1986+
*(Oprah Winfrey) Oprah Winfrey, a talented black female talk show hostess who
took her Chicago based program into national syndication in 1986. On February 9,
1987, she broadcast her show to Forsyth County, Georgia, the scene of a much
publicized protest march against segregation. Oprah Winfrey earned critical
acclaimed for her role in the movie The Color Purple (1985).
**(Vanessa Bell Calloway) Rosalee Clark, black female District Attorney working
with an white eccentric Louisiana judge in the city of New Orleans.
*(Bill Cobb/costar) Elmer Greentree, a black psychic/medium who leads a group
that investigates the paranormal. Bill Cobbs was born in Cleveland. He worked as
an Air Force radar technician for eight years, toiled at IBM in office products
and sold cars before heading to New York to begin a career as an actor. He also
held regular roles on the TV series I’LL FLY AWAY, THE ‘SLAP’ MAXWELL STORY and
THE GREGORY HINES SHOW.
OUT ALL NIGHT/NBC/1992-93
*(Patti LaBelle) Chelsea Paige, former black singing star who owns a trendy Los
Angeles night club and apartment building. Other cast include Morris Chestnut as
Jeff Carswell Paige‘s young manager-trainee and tenant; Duane Martin as Vidal
Thomas, Jeff’s buddy and fellow apartment dweller; and Vivica A. Fox as Charisse
Chamberlain, Chelsea’s daughter, a successful fashion stylist
OUT OF THE BLUE/ABC/1979
**(Hannah Dean) Gladys, a black housekeeper for a Chicago family of five orphans
being raised by their aunt and an inept angel sent from heaven to help them out.
*(Otis Young/co-star) Jemal David, an ex-slave turned bounty hunter teamed with
white Virginia aristocrat turned gunfighter in this post civil war western
*(Richard Roundtree/co-star) Isaiah "Ice" McAdams, a black outlaw from the year
1899 who was zapped to the year 1987 when a lightning bolt hit him and his
fellow outlaws who had just robbed a bank near Houston, Texas. Isaiah and his
fellow time travelers used the gold from their robbery to open up a private
detective agency in modern day Houston.
*(Brenda Sykes/costar) Brenda MacKenzie, a black college coed sharing living
space with a young white women at the home of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, parents
of David and Ricky from the classic situation comedy THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND
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