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Tichina Arnold on the Politics of Colorism and Her Favorite Moments on Martin

Tichina Arnold currently stars as Cassie, the mother of an up-and-coming NBA star on theacclaimed Starz series Survivor’s Remorse(which returns for Season 3 July 24)—but to most fans, she’s probably best known for her role as Pam, Gina’s (Tisha Campbell) brassy best friend on Martin.

At the American Black Film Festival in Miami earlier this month I sat down with Arnold, and she dished candidly on her experiences working on the hit ’90s sitcom: her favorite on-camera improvised moment, how she felt about always being the butt of Martin’s cruel jokes and insults, and her thoughts on whether or not the show played into colorism in its treatment of Gina and Pam.