Sicily (actress)

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Sicily Johnson
Born Sicily Sewell
(1985-10-01) October 1, 1985 (age 36)
Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Other names Sicily
Years active 1995–2007
Spouse(s) Template:Marriage
Children 2

Sicily Sewell (born October 1, 1985) is a former American actress and television producer.[1] She is sometimes credited in film or television as simply with a mononym Sicily. Following the birth of two daughters Sewell transitioned to being a restauranteur.

Television and film career

She made her television appearance on an Emmy Award-winning episode of Sesame Street when she was eight years old.[2]

She played "Young Aisha" in a two-part episode of Season 2 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers called "Rangers Back In Time", as well as in the 10 part mini series Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.

She starred as young Diana in the hit miniseries, Mama Flora's Family in 1998, and as Angela Bassett's niece in the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

For 4 seasons, Sewell portrayed Spirit Jones, the best friend of Breanna Barnes (played by Kyla Pratt) in the sitcom One on One.[1] Citing a decision by UPN to move in a different direction for the fifth season, Sicily was let go from One on One on June 20, 2005. This change came at a time when she was only nine episodes away from syndication.

Sewell also appeared in the Lifetime original movie Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story alongside Ernie Hudson, Edwin Hodge and Jami Gertz in August 2005.

Chef and restauranteur

Sewell's family has a long tradition of skilled cookery.[3] She has told interviewers she is much happier as a chef and restauranteur than she was an actor.[1]

In 2010, while Sewell was attending the Hollywood campus of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, she was an intern at the Los Angeles TimesTemplate:' Test Kitchen.[2] Sewell subsequently graduated, with honours.[4]

Sewell and her mother are co-owners of a soul food restaurant known as Pinky and Red's, in Berkeley, California.[5][6] In late 2019 Sewell to serve as the chef of a high-profile restaurant known as Colors, in New York City.[7]

Personal life

Sewell married drummer Christopher Johnson on May 17, 2006, and divorced in 2014.[no citations needed here] The couple have two daughters named Madison Sierra Johnson (born November 17, 2007) and Marlee Johnson (born December 12, 2011).[no citations needed here]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1998 Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Chloe
How Stella Got Her Groove Back Chantel
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Young Aisha 11 episodes
1998 Mama Flora's Family Teenage Diana Television Movie
2001–2005 One on One Spirit Jones 91 episodes
2004 The Proud Family Teen Cece 1 episode
2005 Fighting the Odds: The Marilyn Gambrell Story Lisa Jones Television Movie
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Chloe Spears Television Movie

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "WhereTheyAtNow: Sicily Sewell-Johnson Reflects On Her Amazing Acting Career And Talks About Her New Career As A Chef!". The Shade Room. 2019-03-31. https://theshaderoom.com/wheretheyatnow-sicily-sewell-johnson-reflects-on-her-amazing-acting-career-and-talks-about-her-new-career-as-a-chef/. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Sicily appeared on the show for the first four seasons from 2001 to 2005. However, before starring on the popularized sitcom she also starred alongside Angela Bassett, Taye Diggs, Whoopi Goldberg and a host of others in the 1998 “How Stella Got Her Groove Back.”" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Noelle Carter (2010-11-09). "So you want to be a Test Kitchen intern.... Meet Sicily Johnson". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2010-11-11. https://web.archive.org/web/20101111201536/https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/dailydish/2010/11/so-you-want-to-be-a-test-kitchen-intern-meet-sicily-johnson.html. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Here, I introduce Sicily Johnson, on loan from the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Los Angeles (Hollywood Campus)." 
  3. Caroline Hatchett (2019-12-11). "I Want to Make Really Good, Black-Ass Food". Eater magazine. https://ny.eater.com/2019/12/11/21010847/colors-lower-east-side-restaurant-nyc-open. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Sewell-Johnson, who began cooking professionally after more than 15 years as an actor, ultimately wanted to create a deeply personal restaurant for the community. Her family has been in the business for generations: She owned a Berkeley restaurant with her mother, her aunt owned a restaurant in Chicago, and seven generations ago, one of her maternal forebears was the enslaved head cook on a Tennessee plantation." 
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  5. Momo Chang (2018-08-23). "Five La Cocina Incubator Businesses Run by Women and People of Color Open Up on Cal Campus". East Bay Express. https://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/archives/2018/08/23/five-la-cocina-incubator-businesses-run-by-women-and-people-of-color-open-up-on-cal-campus. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Pinky & Red’s is run by mother-daughter pair Bernadine Sewell and Sicily Sewell-Johnson." 
  6. Sicily Sewell-Johnson (2019-02-26). "Community needs to support Black-owned businesses". Daily Californian. https://www.dailycal.org/2019/02/26/community-needs-to-support-black-owned-businesses/. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Watching my daughter’s Black History Month town hall where Black excellence was being normalized, I realized how my children have the luxury of seeing me and their grandmother own Pinky and Red’s." 
  7. Chris Crowley (2020-01-21). "Colors, ROC United's Downtown Restaurant, Abruptly Closes". Grub Street. https://www.grubstreet.com/2020/01/nyc-colors-abruptly-closes.html. Retrieved 2020-04-07. "Staff found out about the news during dinner service at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, when the restaurant’s chef, Sicily Sewell-Johnson, was informed via text that the restaurant would have to close." 

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