Yolonda Ross (Treme, The Get Down) has been cast as a series regular for the upcoming Showtime drama The Chi alongside Jacob Latimore (Collateral Beauty).

Created/executive produced by Lena Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Elwood Reid, and executive produced by Common and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios, The Chi is a relevant, timely and distinctive coming-of-age story that follows a half dozen interrelated characters on the South Side of Chicago.

Ross will play Jada, a full-time nurse/caregiver and single mother to her reckless, but charming son Emmett, played by Latimore. Emmett is an entrepreneurial ladies’ man until he’s stuck solo parenting his toddler age son and forced to be responsible for someone else. While Jada takes a tough love approach to Emmett’s first steps into fatherhood, she is beginning to explore a coming of age of her own. Ross replaces Aisha Hinds, while Latimore replaces Tequan Richmond, who played the roles in the original pilot.

Ross and Latimore join Straight Outta Compton’s Jason Mitchell who will play Brandon, an ambitious and confident young man who dreams about opening a restaurant of his own someday, but is conflicted between the promise of a new life and his responsibility to his mother and teenage brother back on the South Side.

Ross co-starred alongside Lisa Gay Hamilton in the critically acclaimed 2013 independent drama film, Go for Sisters and received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination for her performance in film.  She played opposite Viola Davis in Lila & Eve, and played Robyn Crawford, the friend, and reported girlfriend of Whitney Houston, in the Lifetime movie, Whitney directed by Angela Bassett.  Most recently Ross starred on Netflix’s The Get Down and HBO’s Treme.

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