In this episode, Black Hollywood Live hosts Courtney Stewart and Jesse Janedy and interview special guest Cherie Johnson. Cherie Johnson (born November 21, 1975 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA), is an American actress, author, columnist, executive producer, producer, and writer. She is of African American and Puerto Rican descent. Johnson first rose to fame at age six when she appeared on Punky Brewster as the fictional character Cherie and the show aired from 1984-1988 in first-run syndication on NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation). Punky Brewster later expanded into a cartoon series titled It’s Punky Brewster, which she contributed her voice for Little Cherie and it aired from 1985-1987 on NBC.
One of her most recognized acting roles is in Family Matters where she co-starred as the character Maxine and the show aired from 1989-1997 on ABC (American Broadcasting Corporation) and on CBS (ColumbiaBroadcasting System) from 1997-1998. With 215 episodes, Family Matters is the third longest running U.S. sitcom with a predominantly African American cast.
She has consistently acted, appeared, co-produced, produced, and sang on projects including Crush – 2013, One Blood – 2012, Fanaddict – 2011, Lights Out – 2010 and 2011, Nobody Smiling – 2010, Spirit of Comedy Volume 2 – 2010, Raven – 2009, I Do… I Did! – 2009, The Intruders – 2009, Dead Tone – 2007, Killer Weekend – 2007, Child Star Confidential – 2006, 50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up – 2005, Made You Look: Top 25 Moments of BET History – 2005, All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years – 2005, Eve – 2005, Celebrities Uncensored – 2004, I Love the ’80s Strikes Back – 2003, Super Secret TV Formulas – 2003, Malibooty! – 2003, I Love the ’80s – 2002, The Proud Family – 2002, The Parkers – 1999-2002, Teaching Mrs. Tingle – 1999, Leeza – 1998, Goode Behavior – 1996, Family Matters – 1989-1997, A Little Bit Strange – 1989, One to Grow On – 1986-1988, The NBC All Star Hour – 1985, Night of 100 Stars II – 1985, Andy Williams and the NBC Kids Search for Santa – 1985, Days of Our Lives – 1985, It’s Punky Brewster – 1985, and Punky Brewster -1984-1988.
Johnson currently writes columns in publications including Dimez Magazine and Glam Couture Magazine. She has co-written, written, and self-published books including Around the World Twice, Two Different Walks of Life, and Peaches & Cream.
Johnson has been nominated and won several awards including the Young Artist Award, Award of Excellence by the National Association of Youth in Entertainment, Opulece Humanitarian Award, and the Readers Choice Award by African American on The Move Book Club.
This interview was recorded August 30th, 2013.