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Althoff grad will appear on “Black-ish.” Her episode could be spun into a new sitcom.

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Anthony Anderson, an actor on the hit ABC series Black-ish, donned a bright yellow suit jacket on the Kentucky Derby red carpet. It is his wife Alvina Stewart's first Derby.

East St. Louis native and Althoff High School graduate Christina Anthony has been cast in an episode of the ABC sitcom “Black-ish.”

The episode could turn into a recurrent role for Anthony as Aunt Denise if the episode can be successfully launched into the second spinoff of Emmy- and Golden-Globe nominated show, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

An air date for the episode featuring Anthony has not yet been set.

Black-ish, which premiered on ABC in 2014, is centered on Andre and Rainbow Johnson and their middle-class African-American family. It stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross in the central roles. The show has already spun off a second series, “Grown-ish,” which premiered on Jan. 3, 2018, and has been picked up by the Disney owned cable network, Freeform, for a second season.

A second spinoff, which could include Christina Anthony, would look back on the life of a younger Rainbow Johnson, the Hollywood Reporter said in an article published online.

Anthony, 42, is a 1994 graduate of Althoff. She is an actress, writer and an alumna of the famous Second City theater in Chicago, where she co-wrote three original revues that won a number of awards. She has performed at the Goodman Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, New York Stage & Film, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Black Ensemble Theater and more.

Anthony is the daughter of Wilbon and Dianne Anthony of East St. Louis. Her sister is Cara Anthony, a reporter at the BND.

On the screen, Anthony has appeared on “Key & Peele,” “Totally Biased,” “ER” and “The Dilemma.” She was the seventh black woman to join Second City in its 54-year history.

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