Adrienne-Joi Johnson

Adrienne-Joi Johnson, sometimes credited as A.J. Johnson, (born January 2, 1963)[1] is an American actress, choreographer, fitness trainer, and life coach. Acting since 1987, Johnson has made many guest appearances on sitcoms, television dramas and music videos; she also has numerous supporting roles in films, including House Party and Baby Boy.

A.J. Johnson
Adrienne-Joi Johnson

(1963-01-02) January 2, 1963
Alma materSpelman College
Years active1987present
WebsiteOfficial website

Early life

Johnson graduated with honors in 1985 from Spelman College, a historically black women's college in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a past Miss Maroon & White and the first Miss Collegiate Black America. Originally from New Jersey, the former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional high school homecoming queen is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority. She was initiated into the organization while attending Spelman College during her undergraduate years.


She has appeared in A Different World, In the Heat of the Night, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Amen, the short-lived Sirens, Chicago Hope, The Jamie Foxx Show, and Touched by an Angel. She has also appeared in television movies such as A Mother's Courage: the Mary Thomas Story (1989), Clippers (1991), Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (1992), Love, Lies & Lullabies (1993), and The Beast (1996).

Johnson has appeared in theatrical releases and independent films such as School Daze (1988), House Party (1990), Double Trouble (1992), Sister Act (1992), The Inkwell (1994), High Freakquency (1998), Two Shades of Blue (2000), Tara (2001), Baby Boy (2001), and Skin Deep (2003).

Personal life

In addition to being an actress and dancer, Johnson is also a wellness coach to celebrities and was the host of the VH1 reality fitness competition From Flab to Fab and has made numerous fitness/healthy living television and magazine appearances. Johnson has been the spokesperson for American Cancer Society (having lost her mother to cancer at age 17), weight loss products and has made appearances for Procter & Gamble, GSK Pharmaceuticals, and Walmart. She also appeared as Lindsay Lohan's life coach in the 2014 Oprah Winfrey Network docuseries, Lindsay.



Year Title Role Notes
1988 School Daze Cecilia
1990 House Party Sharane
1991 Dying Young Shauna
1992 Double Trouble Danitra
1992 Sister Act Lewanda
1994 The Inkwell Heather Lee
1998 High Freakquency D.J. Venom
1999 Two Shades of Blue Lisa
2001 Tara Nina Video
2001 Baby Boy Juanita
2003 Black Listed Mild Cat Video
2003 Skin Deep Sarah


Year Title Role Notes
1989 In the Heat of the Night Shawna Hughes "These Things Take Time"
1989 Day by Day Frances "Foul Play"
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Annie "Coming to America"
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Ruby Thomas TV film
1990 New Attitude Tanya "The Case of the Missing Toupee"
1990 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Christina Johnson "Def Poet's Society"
1990 1st & Ten: The Championship Loretta "The Squeeze"
1991 Amen Courteney "My Fair Homeboy"
1991 Clippers Renee TV short
1992 Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Cynthia TV film
1994–95 Sirens Off. Lynn Stanton Main role
1996 The Beast Nell Newcombe "1.1", "1.2"
1996 Chicago Hope Trish Cook "Liver Let Die"
1997 The Jamie Foxx Show Janine "I Do, I Didn't"
1999 JAG Lt. Gold "The Return"
2000 Cover Me Dolores "Our Mr. Brooks", "Turtle Soup"
2001 Touched by an Angel Yvette Lakes "Angels Anonymous"
2016 Family Time Tracy "The Things We Do for Love"
2017 The Jellies! Debbie Jelly (voice) Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film Result
1990 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Won
1991 Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female in a comedy-drama film House Party Nominated
2002 Black Reel Awards Theatrical- Best Supporting actress in a Motion Picture Baby Boy Nominated


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