Fresh Black Girls: The Fields’!
My sister is getting married next year so my mother and I have been helping her get everything all organized. The resultant mother-daughter-daughter trio is what made me think of the Fields Girls – Chip, Kim, and Alexis Fields. All of us know Kim Fields from her fantastic turns as Tootie on The Facts of Life and Regine on Living Single – she’s always possessed a natural comedic ability that draws upon genuine self-awareness and down-home attitude. Alexis Fields was a regular cast-member on Roc, Sister, Sister, and Moesha. Their mother, Chip (Hurd) Fields, is recognizable as an actress (Penny’s Mom on Good Times and Regine’s hopelessly tacky mother Laverne) but her full list of achievements spans over thirty years. In addition to her stage, film, and television career, Chip was one of the Ronettes, has directed numerous sitcoms, and is one of the most high profile acting coaches in Hollywood. What’s cute is that Kim teaches acting classes with Chip sometimes, and Alexis and Kim recently hosted the St. Lucia Jazz festival together. What’s even cuter is that Alexis has her first baby on the way – can you imagine the Fields gaggle fussing over that newborn? There’s something about the way all three of them speak (I think its in the tooth/jaw area) that can only be genetic. I love a good black Hollywood dynasty!
After you refresh your memory with the scene where she burns Penny with that iron, check out this confrontation between Chip and Ja’Net DuBois as Wilona. I consider the scenes between these two actresses among the best performances ever on a black sitcom. As evidenced by the reaction of the live studio audience, this is some serious acting!