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Here's The First Look At Tika Sumpter As Rainbow's Mother In 'black-ish' Prequel

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Tika Sumpter is about to make her "black-ish" debut and we've got the first look. Check out Rainbow's young mom inside...

We told you Tracee Ellis Ross' "black-ish" character, Rainbow Johnson, is getting a prequel episode that could possibly turn into a spin-off. The first look from the special episode just dropped and we get to see Tika Sumpter in her new role.

The throwback episode will revolve around a younger version of Tracee's character, Rainbow Johnson, set in the 1980s. The episode is rumored to be the backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff series. The reported plan is to test out the episode before the network decides if it wants to move forward with a potential series. If the spin-off gets the green light, it'll be the 2nd spin-off from the EMMY nominated series, following Yara Shahidi's "Grown-ish."

Tika is set to play the mom of a young Rainbow. "Champions" star Anders Holm will play her father. The adult versions of Bow’s parents, Paul and Alicia, are played by Anna Deavere Smith and Beau Bridges. Folks have been sounding off on social media since Anna Deavere Smith is a totally different skin tone than Tika, so we're not sure how that'll work continuity wise.



Young Bow will be played by Arica Himmel, who appeared in "God Friended Me" and starred in "Thanksgiving." Other actors to join the episode include Ethan William Childress as Johan, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica, Gary Cole as Paul's father, Harrison, and Christina Anthony as Alicia's sister, Denise.


The throwback Rainbow episode will premiere Tuesday, May 7th at 9pm EST on ABC.

Photo: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

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