In a younger, simpler time, people who were born in the late 80s and early 90s could plop down in front of the TV and watch some good quality Nickelodeon shows. Between the cartoons (“Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaah, Real Monsters!” and “Ren and Stimpy”) and between the sketch comedy styles of “All That,” there was “My Brother and Me,” the first Nickelodeon scripted show that had a majority black cast.
Even though the show aired for only 13 episodes, it still holds a special place in its old viewers’ hearts. Wanna know where these stars are now? Don’t hold your breath! Just pour yourself some Goo Punch
and get ready to click!
Arthur Reggie III/”Alfie”
Alfie was the athletic, popular brother who showed a talent in basketball but had to humble himself down and stop being a ball hog.
Before my “Brother and Me,” you might remember seeing him in episodes of “Martin.” After “My Brother and Me” he appeared in the movies Bulworth
, and Sliders
. He also did some voice acting in the show “C-Bear and Jamal.” But now he mainly focuses on a rap career, under the name “Showbizness.” He released a mixtape named “Purple Heart,” and in this interview
he talks about releasing another mixtape that was in the process of being finished.
Ralph Woolfolk IV/”Dee Dee”
Alfie and Melanie’s baby brother, Dee Dee, just seemed so innocent in decision making and he had those cute little dimples too. Who could forget the episode when he was bullied by the girl and tried the art of bluffing by telling her “hit me
!” and felt embarrassed when she actually did. Good memories.
After the show, he gave up acting and went on to be a graduate at Morehouse College. He played on their baseball team, pledged Alpha Phi Alpha, and is now married.
Aisling played the oldest sibling, Melanie who was sometimes the foil to Alfie’s plans and the full time love interest of Goo.
After the show, she gave up live acting and ventured into voice acting. She has stayed out of the limelight. From what I could find, she’s married and has children (rumored to be twins).
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Karen E. Fraction/”Jennifer/Mom”
As the lovable mom and wife, Karen E. Fraction made an impact on viewers. Before the show, she was trained dancer and started off on the Broadway stage that allowed her to tour around the world performing in Europe and Japan. The exposure she got from being on “My Brother and Me” lead her to a recurring role in the series “seaQuest 2032.” She continued to act in television shows, movies, and did two pilots. Unfortunately she battled with breast cancer and after fighting it for five years, she sadly died. She’s remembered by her husband and two children.
Jim R. Coleman/”Roger/Dad”
As the father, Jim Coleman shone in his very first acting role. After the show, he continued to act
in television shows (“Law and Order,” “Army Wives” and “E.R.” just to name a few) and had bit parts in movies like American Gangster
, and The Crew
. He reconnected with his former “My Brother and Me” wife as they stared in TV show “Sheena.”
He’s an avid golfer and continues to act. He also wrote and produced his own pilot named “Strokes” that has won multiple awards, so let’s hope that happens.
Jimmy Lee Newman Jr./”Goo”
Goo, the mischievous, quick witted, best friend to Alfie, and unrequited lover of Melanie.
After the series he acted in a after school special for CBS warning kids about violence. He continued to do bit acting roles in shows like “Sister Sister.” Now, he continues to live in California, and is reportedly now married.
Deonne was Melanie’s best friend, the long winded, butt of Goo’s jokes. After the show, Amanda took a break from acting, and re-emerged in Russel Simmon’s Presents Def Poetry as Amanda Diva. Da Diva continued to work as a DJ, did pop culture commentary for documentaries and shows, and was the host to MTV’s Hip Hop POV. But in 2012 she gave her “Diva” moniker the boot and talked about it and urban culture in her one woman show “Death of a Diva.”
Donnell was Dee-Dee’s best friend and Deonne’s brother. Stefan had that catch phrase: “Don’t hold your breath,” that I will admit that I sometimes still say. He attended Harvard University as a Computer Science and Physics major and participated in an acapella group as an undergrad.
Keith “Bubba” Naylor/”Harry”
Dee Dee’s other best friend. He was too adorable with his one liners and bowl cut, but it seems that after this show he went back to life as a regular civilian. I was able to find a Keith Naylor who was an actor living in “Guilford,” and I was able to find a Keith Naylor that was a musician. However, since we all know that names aren’t as unique as we think they are (heck, google Kendra Koger and you’ll about 8 of us) I can’t say that either of them are the same one from “My Brother and Me.”
Kym Whitely/”Ms. Pinckney”
The comic book store owner whose one liners were fantastic! Now, we should all know Ms. Whitely. She has had a steady acting career since the show ended, appearing in movies in the Friday franchise, Deliver Us from Eva, Transformers, and We Bought a Zoo, just to name a SMALL few. She also does voice acting in movies like Rango and “The Boondocks,” and she has been a series regular in multiple programs, currently “Black Dynamite,” “Let’s Stay Together,” and “Animal Practice.”