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Character Guides Netflix’s Family Reunion: Cast, Characters & Descriptions (with Spoilers)

Netflix’s Family Reunion: Cast, Characters & Descriptions (with Spoilers)

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A character guide for Netflix’s Family Reunion featuring cast members names, character descriptions, and noteworthy information.


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Cocoa (Tia Mowry-Hardict)

Cocoa (Tia Mowry-Hardict) with one of the McKellan family babies.
Cocoa (Tia Mowry-Hardict)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Mother of 4, bi-racial, with a white mother, Cocoa seems to be the driving force behind Moz not raising their kids the way he was raised. Which might be one of the reasons she and Amelia get along but aren’t necessarily bosom buddies.

Additional Information About Cocoa

  • Her mother’s name is Dafnee.
  • Is a big Charlie Wilson fan. In fact, she may have had her first time to “Going in Circles.”
  • Her father is an anthropologist who had Cocoa travel a lot with him when she was a child. Leading to her becoming more spiritual than religious.
  • Has a lower back tattoo.
  • Is from Rancho Cucamonga, California.
  • Cocoa is a jewelry designer in her spare time.

Ami (Jordyn Raya James)

Ami (Jordyn Raya James) posing for a picture.
Ami (Jordyn Raya James)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Cocoa and Moz’s youngest daughter, youngest child period, who is as comical and animated as the rest of their children.

Additional Information About Ami

  • Is 8 years old.
  • Judges people by how people wash their hands and how often.
  • Is in 3rd grade.

Maybelle (Telma Hopkins & Jordy Lucas)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Amelia’s sister, widely known for her cakes, who Amelia has a friendly baking rivalry with at the family reunions. But, like most relationships on this show, even if she and Amelia compete, there is nothing but love.

Additional Information About Maybelle

  • Believes in corporal punishment and has whooped Moz’s behind before.
  • Is single, after three divorces.
    • Two of the divorces came from marrying the same man – Charlie, but not Charlie Wilson.

Jebediah “Jeb” (Richard Roundtree & Noah Taliferro Spaulding)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Amelia’s husband, and a local pastor, his love of football likely rubbed off on Moz and got him interested in the game.

Additional Information About Jeb

  • Is an Atlanta Falcons fan
  • Met Amelia at a basement party.

Jade (Talia Jackson)

Jade (Talia Jackson) catching her grandmother in a lie.
Jade (Talia Jackson)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Cocoa and Moz’s oldest child, and the most dramatic. From what we learn, getting teased about her complexion is a regular thing, and in terms of her knowledge of Black culture, it definitely is lacking compared to others. Yet, to our understanding, Jade is Black, and she is proud.

Additional Information About Jade

  • Is said to be like Amelia.
  • Her favorite rapper is Drake, but she also listens to Chance the Rapper.
  • Is 14 as of Season 1, Episode 6.

Shaka (Isaiah Russell-Bailey)

Shaka (Isaiah Russell-Bailey) being called on by Amelia.
Shaka (Isaiah Russell-Bailey)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

One of Cocoa and Moz’s middle children who likes to play video games and is the main ones who picks on Jade about her complexion. Also, he might be the one who often snitches on her to their parents.

Additional Information About Shaka

  • Is a sneaker connoisseur.

Mazzi (Cameron J. Wright)

Mazzi (Cameron J. Wright) cracking on his sister.
Mazzi (Cameron J. Wright)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Outside of learning he is 10, and starting to produce body odor, not much is known about Moz and Cocoa’s other son.

Additional Information About Mazzi

  • Is in 5th grade.
  • Likes to sing, bake, play the trumpet, and shows he is also a good running back.

Ava (Lexi Underwood)

Ava (Lexi Alexander) discarding her church gear.
Ava (Lexi Alexander)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

One of the singers who also participates in Bible study at Jeb’s church, Ava is one of Jade’s first friends in Columbus. Also, despite how she seems, she is not a square little church girl.

Additional Information About Ava

McKayla (Lindsey Da Sylveira)

McKayla (Lindsey Da Sylveira) telling Jade about her locket.
McKayla (Lindsey Da Sylveira)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

One of the local Columbus girls who picks on Jade for not knowing enough Black culture.

Additional Information About McKayla

Elvis (Lance Alexander)

Elvis (Lance Alexander) introducing himself to Jade.
Elvis (Lance Alexander)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

A stereotypical southern boy who has a thing for Jade.

Additional Information About Elvis

  • Is very superstitious

Drew (Noah Alexander Gerry)

Drew (Noah Alexander Gerry) when he meets Jade.
Drew (Noah Alexander Gerry)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

One of Ava’s friends who likely will be Jade’s love interest.

Additional Information About Drew

  • Chance The Rapper is his favorite rapper.
  • Has a little sister, Lily, that he is very close to.

Amelia “M’Dear” (Loretta Devine & Tyra Gabrielle Morrison)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

The matriarch of the McKellan family, she is an old school parent, religious, and known for her pies and community service.

Additional Information About Amelia

  • Also goes by M’Dear and Millie.
  • Has one sister, Maybelle, and one brother, Johnny.
  • Formerly was a backup singer for such acts as Charlie Wilson. In episode 2, she even reveals, as Jeb was taking his sweet time with proposing, she went to New York and worked for him. She sang, she was the stylist for the band he was in, and even trimmed his mustache.
    • Allegedly, “You Dropped A Bomb” was written about Amelia.
  • For generations in her family, the bible has been taught to give each member a compass and discipline.
  • Has a bad knee.
  • Marched with Dr. King when she was 15, making her north of 69 in age.
  • Has high blood pressure.

Moses “Moz” (Anthony Alabi)

Moz (Anthony Alabi) and Cocoa (Tia Mowry-Hardict) when they arrive at Moz's parent's house.
Moz (Anthony Alabi) and Cocoa (Tia Mowry-Hardict)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

A popular football player who, for at least 15 years, has played for the Seattle Seahawks and has made a nice living doing so. However, during a recent family reunion, he decides, with wife Cocoa, to move back home. Mainly due to his family being the only one which left so far from home and he misses them all dearly.

Additional Information About Moz

  • Was a tight end in football and has a Superbowl ring.
  • Passed out, at least once, during the birth of his kids.
  • Is 36.

Daniel (Warren Burke)

Daniel (Warren Burke) questioning Moz retiring.
Daniel (Warren Burke)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 1 “Remember How This All Started?”

Moz’s eccentric brother who is either very immature or very cheap. But, one thing is for sure, Daniel has made a steady income on betting on his brother’s games.

Additional Information About Daniel

  • Is the last born of Jeb and Amelia’s children.

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson coming into the McKellan household.
Charlie Wilson

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 2 “Remembering Charlie Wilson”

An old friend of Amelia who was interested in dating her, but with her hung up on Jeb, the farthest he got was being an admirer.

Additional Information About Charlie Wilson

Grayson (Jalyn Emil Hall)

Elvis, Grayson (Jalyn Emil Hall) and Shaka looking over at Sister Patty.
Elvis, Grayson (Jalyn Emil Hall) and Shaka

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Remember When I Lost My Sister”

One of Shaka’s new friends who is known locally for his hat collection. What is less known is that his father is too sick to work and his mother is struggling to make ends meet.

Additional Information About Grayson

Sister Patty (Roxanne Reese)

Sister Patty (Roxanne Reese) scaring some kids.
Sister Patty (Roxanne Reese)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Remember When I Lost My Sister”

Maybelle’s bible study friend who always got a joke ready. Also, she, like Maybelle, is single but, unlike Maybelle, only has one leg.

Additional Information About Sister Patty

Lily (Jaidyn Triplett)

Lily (Jaidyn Triplett) playing with Ami.
Lily (Jaidyn Triplett)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 4 “Remember When I Lost My Sister”

Drew’s little sister, who he is quite close to, who becomes Ami’s friend.

Additional Information About Lily

  • She is very worried about the environment.

Grace (Erica Ash)

Grace (Erica Ash) with Cocoa.
Grace (Erica Ash)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 5 “Remember Grace Under Fire?”

Amelia and Jeb’s daughter who Jeb thought would have taken over his church when he retired. She even went to seminary school to do just that. However, during her time there she found herself to be a skilled matchmaker and has since abandoned following in her dad’s footsteps.

Additional Information About Grace

Principal Dana Glass (Mark Curry)

Principal Dana Glass (Mark Curry) speaking of the fight for education.
Principal Dana Glass (Mark Curry)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School”

The principal for Angelou Magnet who formerly was in the military and served in Fallujah. Also, he is a divorcee and knows Amelia, through means not revealed.

Additional Information About Principal Dana Glass

  • His ex-wife, Carla, he was married to for 10 years.

Brooke (Akira Jolie Akbar)

Brooke (Akira Jolie Akbar) as Shaka steps to her.
Brooke (Akira Jolie Akbar)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School”

A gamer, and sneakerhead, Brooke could be seen as the girl version of Shaka. Hence why he likes her.

Additional Information About Brooke

Missy (Delon Shaw)

Missy (Delon Shaw) questioning Principal Glass.
Missy (Delon Shaw)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School”

One of Jade’s friends at Angelou Magnet.

Additional Information About Missy

Haven Sheeks (Amanda Detmer)

Haven Sheeks (Amanda Detmer) at the pageant, looking a hot mess.
Haven Sheeks (Amanda Detmer)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 8 “Remember Macho Mazzi?”

Haven Sheeks was Miss Galaxy 1998, has 5 million followers, three best-selling books and is the pageant coach with the most girls sent to Miss Teen USA. When she enters Jade’s life, she seems like a Godsend but then she shows herself to be quite ignorant, maybe a touch arrogant, so Cocoa fires her and tries to repair the damage Haven caused.

Additional Information About Haven Sheeks

Paul (Regi Davis)

Paul (Regi Davis) retrieving his girls from a party.
Paul (Regi Davis)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”

Maybelle and Amelia’s father who passed, before the events of the present day, from heart disease.

Additional Information About Paul

Debra Sue (Perri Camper)

Debra Sue (Perri Camper) at the bar.
Debra Sue (Perri Camper)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”

Daniel’s off and on girlfriend who is abusive and has stalked him in the past.

Additional Information About Debra Sue

  • Part of the reason she acts like she does with Daniel is that he, allegedly, cheated on her.

Francine (Rachel Ferrera)

Francine (Rachel Ferrera) performing.
Francine (Rachel Ferrera)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”

Amelia’s great aunt who was a Cotton Club performer in Harlem.

Additional Information About Francine

Solomon (Demetrius Hodges) & Fannie Joe (Ebboney Wilson)

Fannie Joe (Ebboney Wilson) and Solomon (Demetrius Hodges) before they escape to freedom.
Fannie Joe (Ebboney Wilson) and Solomon (Demetrius Hodges)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”

Jade and her siblings’ 3x great grandparents who were slaves in 1852 and, after a two-month journey, settling in Pennsylvania.

Additional Information About Solomon and Fannie Joe

  • The locket Solomon gave Fannie Joe has since become a family heirloom that has been in the family for 166 years.

Tommy (Andreas Orrego)

Tommy (Andreas Orrego) admiring Francine's performance.
Tommy (Andreas Orrego)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?”

Francine’s eventual husband who managed the Cotton Club.

Additional Information About Tommy

Katrina (Tempsett Bledsoe) & Eric (Jaleel White)

Eric (Jaleel White) and Katrina (Tempsett Bledsoe) thanking Cocoa and Moz for coming to trivia night.
Eric (Jaleel White) and Katrina (Tempsett Bledsoe)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 10 “Remember When Our Boys Became Men?” [Season Finale]

A couple who are friends with Cocoa and Moz and bring out their competitive side. Unfortunately for Moz and Cocoa, however, Katrina and Eric are in perfect sync when it comes to team-based games and consistently beat them.

Additional Information About Katrina & Eric

Kurt (Camaron Engels)

Jade and Kurt (Camaron Engels) talking.
Jade and Kurt (Camaron Engels)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 10 “Remember When Our Boys Became Men?” [Season Finale]

The grandson of one of Amelia’s friends who Jade is tasked with showing around. Leading to her catching feelings, since Drew shows his behind, but this happens as Ava reveals Kurt is her man.

Additional Information About Kurt

Renee (Journey Carter)

Renee (Journey Carter) talking with Ava and Jade.
Renee (Journey Carter)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 10 “Remember When Our Boys Became Men?” [Season Finale]

A big time gossip who seems to know all the tea when it comes to the teens of Columbus.

Additional Information About Renee

Officer Whitman (John Brotherton)

Officer Whitman (John Brotherton) pointing his gun towards Moz's kids.
Officer Whitman (John Brotherton)

Character Introduction

First Noted In: Season 1, Episode 10 “Remember When Our Boys Became Men?” [Season Finale]

A cop who handcuffs Mazzi, Shaka, and Elvis on suspicion that they are burglarers and when reported for how he handled the kids, he makes it clear he is going to harass Cocoa and Moz. Leading to Cocoa wanting to move back to Seattle.

Additional Information About Officer Whitman

How Does Season 1 of Netflix’s Family Reunion End?

Cocoa

After being harassed by Officer Whitman, Cocoa takes that as the final straw. She has had some difficulty adapting to Columbus, Georgia but cops harassing her and Moz is too much. Much less the possibility of them harassing their kids.

Ami

Ami continues to advocate for people washing their hands. Especially if they are going to be anywhere near her food.

Maybelle

Still single, going to church, making Mint Julep’s and baking cakes.

Jebediah

While around, he still travels extensively. Which makes Amelia having her son and his family around good to end the silence.

Jade & Ava

Confused over whether Kurt played them or they made a claim on him too soon.

Shaka, Elvis & Mazzi

Still a bit shaken from a cop pointing a gun at them.

MiKayla

She remains the woke queen ready to check Jade for not knowing enough about Black culture.

Drew

With just seeing Jade with another guy, and it happening in front of his friends, he decides to go from a nice guy to a butt head real quick. Ending the courting he was doing.

Amelia

Amelia is still dealing with high blood pressure, and with what happened to her grandbabies, it is likely to be high.

Moz

He’s currently reevaluating whether he should fight for his family to stay in Columbus considering the likelihood of reporting Officer Whitman again or going to the mayor, could escalate things.

Daniel

Likely hiding from Debra Sue who he foolishly brought back into his life.

Charlie Wilson

Probably back on the road. We only see him for one episode.

Grayson

It isn’t clear. We see him for just the episode he is introduced in. So we don’t even learn his, or his family’s, reaction to Shaka giving Grayson sneakers which cost over $200.

Sister Patty

Like Grayson, we see her one episode so we can only assume she is doing okay.

Lily

Drew’s little sister, like many on this list, is seen once and never again. But let’s assume she is worrying about her environmental impact. Maybe dealing with Drew feeling heartbroken.

Grace

Living her best life not that her secret of not being in seminary and instead being an anointed matchmaker is out.

Principal Dana Glass

A bit upset that he had a protest against school policies he supported, but likely more in his feelings about his ex-wife who seemingly cheated on him.

Missy

Let’s assume she is doing fine for we don’t see much of her beyond her introductory episode.

Brooke

Like with Missy, despite her making a connection to a main character, in her case becoming Shaka’s special friend, we don’t see much of her past the introduction.

Haven Sheeks

After being told off and fired, the trend following, highly successful pageant coach is likely still being ignorant as hell on the pageantry circuit.

Solomon & Fannie Joe

Dead, but free and happy.

Francine & Tommy

Assumingly dead, but happy.

Paul

Died of heart disease.

Debra Sue

Still trying to make a man out of Daniel and being driven to madness in the process.

Eric & Katrina

Happy, in sync, and making other couples question their relationships.

Kurt

Prepping to go to Jade’s school and maybe not knowing he caused drama between Jade and her best friend.

Renee

Loving the new drama going on between Jade, Ava, and Kurt.

Officer Whitman

Being an ass.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Why did Amelia, or the generations before her, move back down to Columbus, Georgia?

General Information About Netflix’s Family Reunion

  • Jeb and Amelia have been married 43 years.

Notable Locations & Events

Jeb and Amelia’s House

Where most of the show takes place and where Moz grew up. It has an attic, at least four bedrooms, one to two upstairs bathrooms, a dining area, kitchen, and living room.

Also, we learn in season 1, episode 9 that the house is built on the land that Amelia’s ancestors were enslaved on.

Jeb’s Church

Jeb's ChurchWhere Jeb preaches and Amelia often hosts bible study. Also, the church formerly did funeral arrangements and services. Including prepping bodies in the basement.

Mill’s Grove

A local hangout spot for Columbus teens.

Angelou Magnet School

The outside of Angelou Magnet School

Where the kids go to school in Columbus, Georgia.

Prettyboy’s

A local spot which offers both adult entertainment and an area for teens which is quite popular.

Groups & Organizations

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Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 9 “Remember Black Elvis?” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

With the kids learning their family history, thanks to Jade being shamed about knowing hers, so comes Cocoa and Moz wanting to do something which is a family tradition.

Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 8 “Remember Macho Mazzi?” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

It’s a 2 for 1 special as Mazzi’s attitude brings up toxic masculinity and Jade entering a beauty pageant leads to a conversation on Black beauty.

Family Reunion: Season 1, Episode 7 “Remember The First Day of School” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

The kids finally head to school, and most of them are quite happy, except Jade who hates the conservative dress code.

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