On Monday, fans of Girlfriends celebrated the 17th anniversary of the show that introduced the world to four dynamic friends: Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni.
When the show landed on small screens in 2000, Black women everywhere tuned in to choose which of the main characters was most relatable to their lives. Pulled from the expansive mind of Mara Brock Akil, during its eight year run, Girlfriends went on to become an icon show that served as proof that we are truly magic.
Find out what the cast members are to, below.
Career-driven Tracee Ellis Ross' portrayal of Joan Clayton on 'Girlfriends' was a reminder that Black women can and will be everything they dreamed of. While the show wasn't the start to her impressive resume, it was the one that set the standard for her future in acting. Since the show's ending in 2008, Ross has held roles in many shows including 'CSI', 'Private Practice' and 'Reed Between the Lines'. As of 2014, the award-winning actress has starred in the hit-show 'Black-ish' alongside Anthony Anderson.
Since ending her eight season run as the neck-rolling, sassy, rant-filled Maya Wilkes on 'Girlfriends', Golden Brooks has been quite busy. After acting in independent films and making appearances in shows such as 'The Exes' and 'Hart of Dixie', Brooks joined the cast of TV One's 'Hollywood Divas' in 2014 and had a recurring role in the Starz show 'Blunt Talk'. The actress also had a daughter with actor D.B. Woodside in 2009 and is set to star alongside Amandla Stenberg in 2018's 'The Darkest Minds'.
Playing the role of the free-spirited and bohemian chic Lynn Searcy, Persia White took on a role that will be forever remembered. Since ending her stint on the iconic show 'Girlfriends', White digitally released her debut album 'Mecca', has appeared in 'The Vampire Diaries' and married fellow actor Joseph Morgan in 2014.
Known as the loud, selfish and bougie girlfriend of the group, Toni Childs — played by Jill Marie Jones — became the friend that everyone loved to hate due to her stuck up attitude. Ending her time on the show after six seasons, Jones went on to act in movies such as 'The Perfect Holiday' alongside Queen Latifah, Terrence Howard, Morris Chestnut and Gabrielle Union and the Black-ensemble cast film, '35 & Ticking'. Additionally, she has had roles in shows like 'Sleepy Hollow', 'American Horror Story', and 'Ash vs Evil Dead'.