5 Questions for Tichina Arnold on New Film

Lena Baker was a maid who was brutally raped by her employer, and fatally shot him after he threatened to scar her with a scorching hot branding iron. An all-White, all-male jury convicted her of murder after a one-day trial where no witnesses were called. In 1945, she was executed. She is to date the first and only woman to be executed by the electric chair in Georgia. Sixty years after her execution, Lena Baker was pardoned by the state. Tichina Arnold took the dramatic role as Baker in "The Lena Baker Story," a far cry from her portrayal of Pam on "Martin." ESSENCE.com recently caught up with the actress to discuss the riveting dramatic role.


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