IT'S been over two decades since the hit nineties show Moesha debuted on air – the show ran for six seasons from 1996 until its cancellation in 2001.
Singer and actress Brandy Norwood starred as the lead role of Moesha Mitchell, a high school student living with her family in the Leimert Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
The sitcom explored all the highs and lows that came with being a teenager – and it featured incredible guest appearances from the likes of Mary J Blige, TLC and Usher.
As a new generation discovers the classic sitcom after Netflix added it to its library of contents in 2020, we've checked in on what the cast has been up to since it ended 20 years ago.
Brandy, who starred as Moesha, continued with her musical and acting success. Following the show’s end, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery.
She’s also released albums and her latest, B7, came following her musical hiatus.
In 2010, the actress-turned-singer competed in season 11 of Dancing With the Stars and ended up finishing in fourth place.
She then released a studio album in 2012, called Two Eleven, and made her Broadway debut in Chicago, 2015. She also did the Slayana World Tour in 2016.
As for acting, Brandy starred in The Game as well as Zoe Ever After and Star.
WILLIAM ALLEN YOUNG
William played the role of Frank Mitchell, who was Moesha’s overprotective father on the sitcom.
He was reluctant to let his teenager date and definitely didn’t want her dating Quinton.
After six seasons as Moesha's tough loving father, William continued acting and even had guest appearances on shows including Nip/Tuck, CSI, and Good Luck, Charlie.
He and Brandy reunited when they had roles for a three-episode stint on The Game in 2013.
William then landed the role of Dr. Rollie Guthrie on medical drama Code Black, which he appeared on for three seasons from 2015 to 2018.
Then in 2019, he appeared in This Is Us and was seen in the 2019 film Christmas Hotel.
William is also an advocate for education for youths as well as encouraging performing arts.
After four seasons as Moesha's best friend Kim Ann Parker, Countess left the series in 1999 to star in spin-off The Parkers.
The comedy series documented her and her mother Nikki attending the same junior college.
It lasted for five seasons.
But off-screen, there were constant rumours of a reported feud between Vaughn and Brandy. Vaughn also had a tough time after the show.
She struggled with her weight and starred on Celebrity Fit Club in 2006 and competed in Celebrity Rap Superstar. Then in 2014, she started filming on Hollywood Divas.
She’s released three albums, with 2020's Let Me Love You – Chapter 1 her most recent.
SHERYL LEE RALPH
Sheryl played Deidre “Dee” Mitchell, the high school principal turned stepmother to Moesha.
While she and Moesha butted heads at first, they eventually mended their relationship.
But the actress left after season 5 due to her not agreeing with the direction of the show.
Prior to Moesha, she was already an accomplished actress, singer, and Broadway legend, having starred as Deena in the production of Dreamgirls.
She’s continued acting, having the co-starring role as Maggie Turner in the Nickelodeon series, Instant Mom from 2013 to 2015.
She also had guest appearances on ER, Hannah Montana and Smash. By 2013, she had a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. Then Sheryl returned to Broadway in 2016.
Shar Jackson played the role of Moesha’s other BFF Niecy Jackson.
After Moesha ended, Shar appeared in one-off episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and The Bernie Mac Show.
The mum-of-four also competed against Vaughn on Celebrity Rap Superstar, co-hosted The Ex-Wives Club, and participated in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp in 2010.
She was engaged to ex Kevin Federline from 2001 to 2004, and has two children with the backup dancer.
She also has two kids from a relationship with her high school boyfriend.
MARCUS T PAULK
Marcus Paulk played Miles Mitchell, Moesha's younger brother.
He perfected the role of being the annoying sibling, pulling pranks on his older sister and bothering her and her friends.
Once the series came to an end, Marcus turned his focus onto rapping.
But it was acting roles that led him to continue being in the spotlight.
He had roles in Roll Bounce, Another Cinderella Story, Take the Lead, Red Tails, and Sister Code.
He also acted in Extreme Movie in 2008, The Rig in 2010, 90 Minutes of the Fever in 2016 as well as doing voice work in The Proud Family.
Brandy’s real life brother Ray J played Dorian, Frank’s troubled nephew.
Out of fear that Dorian was negatively influencing Miles, Frank sent him off to Bootcamp.
After Moesha, Ray J landed a role in One on One before starting on reality TV. Beginning with For the Love of Ray J in 2009, he also went on to Love & Hip Hop Hollywood. He’s also released music albums.
He skyrocketed when he starred in a sex tape with Kim Kardashian – who he dated on and off until 2007.
After their romance, his personal life continued to make headlines.
He went on to marry Princess Love in 2016, he welcomed two children but Princess filed for divorce in 2020.
Fredro Starr played Q, one of Moesha’s longest-running love interests in the sitcom.
He was also a member of the rap group Onyx.
After the series, Fredro continued working with Onyx and acting, with roles in Save The Last Dance, Ride, and Light It Up.
He even co-hosted the dance competition series Dance 360 alongside Kel Mitchell in 2004. Plus, he went on to play Bird on HBO’s The Wire.
In 2015 his rap group, Onyx, released an album, Against All Authorities. They’ve continued to release music since, with 2019's SnowMads a more recent album.
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