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Sicily Sewell (born October 1, 1985) is a former American actress and television producer. 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.
She made her television appearance on an Emmy Award-winning episode of Sesame Street when she was eight years old.
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. 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. She has told interviewers she is much happier as a chef and restauranteur than she was an actor.
Sewell and her mother are co-owners of a soul food restaurant known as Pinky and Red's, in Berkeley, California. In late 2019 Sewell to serve as the chef of a high-profile restaurant known as Colors, in New York City.
Sewell married drummer Christopher Johnson on May 17, 2006, and divorced in 2014. The couple have two daughters named Madison Sierra Johnson (born November 17, 2007) and Marlee Johnson (born December 12, 2011).
|1998||Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror||Chloe|
|How Stella Got Her Groove Back||Chantel|
|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|
- ↑ 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.”"
- ↑ 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."
- ↑ 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."
- ↑ 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."
- ↑ 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."