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Tika Sumpter Lands Role As Rainbow's Mom In 'Black-ish' Throwback Episode

The throwback episode will focus on Rainbow's childhood and could act as a launchpad for a possible spin-off.
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By Sydney Scott · March 19, 2019

Tika Sumpter is heading to Black-ish.

The actress will play Rainbow’s mom in a throwback episode that could act as a launchpad for a spin-off. It was reported last month that ABC was considering producing a Black-ish prequel, which would focus on Rainbow’s life in the 80s and 90s.

The episode will also see Anders Holm as Rainbow’s dad, and Arica Himmel as young Rainbow.

Sumpter shared the news on Instagram, saying she’s “excited” to appear on the ABC comedy.

This could be the second spin-off to come from Black-ish. The series has already birthed Grown-ish, which follows Zoey Johnson’s (Yara Shahidi) life at college.

Rainbow has always been a fan favorite, so a prequel could be another success for ABC.