Khaneshia "KJ" Smith is an American actress.

KJ Smith
KJ Smith 2016.jpg
Smith in 2016
Born
OccupationActress
Years active2009–present
SpouseSkyh Alvester Black

Life and careerEdit

Smith was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida.[1] She studied Business Marketing at Florida State University. where she earned her bachelor's degree and later went on to work in corporate America. Smith later went back to further her education at Florida A&M University where she studied journalism. Early in her career Smith realized she was unhappy and made choices for others and not herself so she later moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career appearing on comedy shows include Conan, Real Husbands of Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Survivor's Remorse and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. In 2016, she had a recurring role in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.[2] She later guest starred on Being Mary Jane, Saints & Sinners, Dynasty,[3] NCIS: Los Angeles and Black-ish. From 2015 to 2018, Smith had a recurring role in the Bounce TV sitcom Family Time.

In 2019, Smith starred in A Madea Family Funeral, the eleventh and final installment of the Madea film series. Later she was cast in the BET drama series The Family Business and had a recurring role in the ABC drama series The Fix.[4] Smith also filmed and produced her first film leading role in the drama film The Available Wife.[5] Later in 2019, Smith was cast in a leading role in the BET comedy-drama series, Sistas, that premiered in October 2019.[6][7] In 2020, Smith starred in the Netflix psychological thriller film Fatal Affair.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

Smith is currently[when?] engaged to actor and Sistas co-star Skyh Alvester Black.[10]

FilmographyEdit

Film/MovieEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Talent Waitress Short
2010 Dogs Are a Woman's Best Friend Jasmin Short
The City - Short
Cocoa Love Funeral Attendee Short
2011 Hope Arissa Short
Sex/Absurd Whitney
Hot Girls on the Beach Bianca Video
2012 One Call Away Restaurant Patron #1 Short
2015 Whitney Girl with Steve TV Movie
2017 Baker's Man Naomi
Love at the Shore Maureen TV Movie
Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope Gospel Nurse
2018 Throwback Holiday Kimberly Wiggins
Shootouts Tekly TV Movie
2019 A Madea Family Funeral Carol
I Got the Hook Up 2 Lieutenant Moore
I Left My Girlfriend for Regina Jones Denise
2020 Fatal Affair Deborah Lee
The Available Wife Nicole

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Make Love Not War Tracy Stoudimire
All My Children Gloria the Resort Waitress Episode: "Episode #1.10632"
1000 Ways to Die Sorority Girl Episode: "Death, the New Black"
2012 Conan Comedy Sketch Player 2 episodes
2013 The Therapist Dr. Monica Knight Recurring role (season 2)
Jacked Up Ashley Main role
Real Husbands of Hollywood Young Woman #1 2 episodes
2014 Friday: The Web Series Mrs. Parker Episode: "Deebo Ditch"
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Sketch Artist Episode: "Eva Longoria/Wiz Khalifa"
Survivor's Remorse Kiara Episode: "On the Carpet"
2014–15 Black Boots Blair Recurring role (season 1)
2015 Almost 30 Cute Upbeat Girl Episode: "Almost Roommates"
Mann & Wife Avery Episode: "Mann's Bodyguard"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Female Witchbuster Episode: "Weird Al Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt"
2015–18 Family Time Melinda Recurring role (seasons 3-6)
2016 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sequoia Episode: "Frank Falls Out the Window"
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn Miss Jody Episode: "Ballet and the Beasts"
Queen Sugar Lena Recurring role (season 1)
2017 Being Mary Jane Sunitha Rashad Episode: "Getting Judged"
Saints & Sinners Marlene Episode: "This Union Will Be the Death of Me"
Ozark Stripper Episode: "Tonight We Improvise"
Dynasty Kori Rucks Recurring role (season 1)
2018 Giants Bianca Recurring role (season 2)
The Inspectors Gabby Episode: "Stop the Presses"
NCIS: Los Angeles Chelsea Parker Episode: "Reentry"
Black-ish Linda Episode: "Collateral Damage"
The Fosters Angela Episode: "Where the Heart Is"
Lethal Weapon Beth Episode: "Leo Getz Justice"
Fuller House Producer Episode: "President Fuller"
Skinny Dip Karla Rolvaag TheCW Pilot
2019 The Fix Charlie Recurring role
Family Reunion Coach Wilson Episode: "Remember the First Day of School?"
All Rise Cassie Lange Episode: "Fool for Liv"
Tales Billie Episode: "Ex-Factor"
2019–21 The Family Business Sasha Duncan Main role (seasons 1–2); guest (season 3)
2019– Sistas Andrea "Andi" Barnes Main role
2020 BlackAF Tischina Episode: "yo, between you and me... this is because of slavery"
2022 Power Book III: Raising Kanan Palomar Recurring role (season 2)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tracy, Brianne (July 23, 2020). "Sistas' KJ Smith Says She Was 'Nervous' to Return to Set amid COVID-19 but Is 'Happy to Be Back'". People. Archived from the original on July 25, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  2. ^ "Tallahassee native KJ Smith finds her niche in Hollywood – Capital Outlook". Archived from the original on June 21, 2019.
  3. ^ Petski, Denise; N'Duka, Amanda (September 8, 2017). "Scorpion Casts Tina Majorino; Dynasty Adds KJ Smith". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 8, 2017.
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (August 29, 2018). "The Fix Casts KJ Smith; Chivonne Michelle Joins Jett". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (April 24, 2019). "Poorna Jagannathan, Nikohl Boosheri to Topline Alia's Birth; KJ Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith Co-Star in The Available Wife". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Throne, Will (August 1, 2019). "Tyler Perry Comedy Sistas Ordered at BET". Variety. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (August 1, 2019). "BET Greenlights Tyler Perry Drama Series Sistas, Sets Main Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (November 6, 2019). "Stephen Lang Joins 'Death in Texas'; KJ Smith Cast In 'Fatal Affair'; Oliver Cooper In 'Ghostbusters'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  9. ^ Lawrence, Gregory (July 1, 2020). "The Trailer for Netflix's 'Fatal Affair' Delivers Cheesy Domestic Thriller Realness". Collider. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ Uwumarogie, Victoria (December 29, 2021). "'Sistas' Stars KJ Smith And Skyh Alvester Black Are Engaged!". Essence.

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