Tichina Arnold sat and watched her daughter dance onstage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts this past weekend. The Washington D.C. performing arts center was filled with excitement as Alijah and other members of her dance class, taught by Debbie Allen, presented the fruits of their labor.


Arnold filmed the girls backstage as they prepared for the show. Debbie was busy putting the final touches on her students’ makeup during the take. Alijah gave Instagram fans a taste of what they were missing at home by dancing in front of the camera. “Don’t work that pole too much, please,” Tichina said.


The celebrity mom has learned a lot since becoming a mom several years ago. She recently invited Madame Noire subscribers into her home where she shared the differences between her and Alijah. “I’m an early riser. I usually get up about 5:30, 6, 6:30 in the morning. I don’t know why. I feel like I’m going to miss something,” Arnold explained. “But my daughter isn’t. Alijah, she’s not an early riser. So that’s a trait she did not get from me.” Arnold then proceeded to wake her daughter up, which was completely hilarious.

Alijah is Tichina Arnold’s only child with music producer Carvin Haggins. She celebrated her twelfth birthday in March.




Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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  1. bck reader says:

    i love the relationship they have. i think they have more similarities than differences. they look just alike and their personalities and sense of humor are so similar. and let’s not forget they both can sang!

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