A character & show guide for OWN’s Cherish The Day featuring cast members, character descriptions, and other noteworthy information.


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General Information

Network
OWN
Creator(s) Ava DuVernay
First Aired 2/11/2020 – Present

Notable Locations

Dekkcore

Where Evan works in the series.

Terms To Know

Zuberi: The name of the company Evan wants to start.

Other Noteworthy Information

General

  • Season 1 is to cover 5 years.
  • As an anthology series, we will follow a new couple each season.

Season 1

1.2: A year passed between episode 1 and episode 2.

1.3: 3 months passed between episodes 2 and episode 3.

1.4: A year and a month pass since Gently and Evan started dating

1.6: It is two years since Evan launched Zuberi and two years since Gently moved into Evan’s house.

1.7: Gently and Evan are married for 2 years and three months at this point.

1.8: Three years have passed since Gently worked for Miss Luma

Gently James

Gently (Xosha Roquemore) in OWN's Cherish The Day
Gently (Xosha Roquemore)
Played By Xosha Roquemore
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 1 “Genesis” [Series Premiere]

Character Introduction

A world traveler, who dispels the idea a college education is necessary to make it in life, Gently is a bold yet sensitive soul who, despite a rough upbringing, is loving, spirited, and usually the smartest in the room.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.1: She is from West Adams
    • According to Miss Luma, she usually goes for big and dumb.
    • Her dad died when she was 9.
  • 1.2: Spent a year and a half working for Miss Luma.
    • She isn’t necessarily denominational, when it comes to church, but does have faith.
    • Is a taurus
    • Has traveled through most of Europe, but has also been to Dubai, Nigeria, and Kenya
      • One place she really wants to go to, maybe live permanently, is Zimbabwe, but specifically Victoria Falls.
  • 1.3: Father was known as “Lucky Buddy”
  • 1.8: Works for Everyday Citizen Media running their podcast division.

Quotes

You’re love is turning me into someone new.
— Gently “Basis”

Just ‘cause I’m good at it don’t mean it’s my calling,
— Gently

Evan

Evan (Alano Miller) on a couch.
Evan (Alano Miller)
Played By Alano Miller
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 1 “Genesis” [Series Premiere]

Character Introduction

A Stanford graduate from South Bay who currently works at Dekkcore as a data analysis. His dream, currently, is to use his experience to start a wellness app named Zuberi.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.2: Is a believer, but isn’t necessarily fond of going to church.
  • 1.2: Born and raised in LA, and loves the city.
    • 1.2: Specifically born 8/8/89 – making him a Leo
  • 1.2: Is into anime
  • 1.2: Has been collecting records since middle school
  • 1.7: Is no longer the chCEO of Zuberi

Quotes

I am a company man, just not for this company.
— Evan | 1.1

Miss Luma Langston

Miss Luma (Cicely Tyson) dolled up.
Miss Luma (Cicely Tyson)
Played By Cicely Tyson
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 1 “Genesis” [Series Premiere]

Character Introduction

A legendary actress primarily known for the film “Diamond of Dixie” and whose career was unfortunately plagued with lack of opportunity. In total, she did 6 films in which she mostly played maids and sidekicks and after leaving the industry she taught drama to make a living.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.1: Was well known for her singing voice that brought her international fame.

Ben

Ben (Michael Beach) meeting Evan.
Ben (Michael Beach)
Played By Michael Beach
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 1 “Genesis” [Series Premiere]

Character Introduction

A former gang member who, after Gently’s father died, became a father figure to her.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.5: Is from Crenshaw
  • 1.5 Graduated school in 1982 

Sanah

Sanah (Felisha Anoa'I) walking towards Evan and Gently.
Sanah (Felisha Anoa’I)
Played By Felisha Anoa’i
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 1 “Genesis” [Series Premiere]

Character Introduction

A local thrift shop owner that Gently meets, with Evan, while looking for a refrigerator for Miss Luma.

Additional Information About The Character

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Rika

Rika (Loren Lott) talking to Evan at the bowling alley.
Rika (Loren Lott)
Played By Loren Lott
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 2 “Synthesis”

Character Introduction

One of Gently’s friends, since 9th grade, who wants to get out of Los Angeles and plans to exit through being a flight attendant.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.8: Is pregnant.

Nick

Nick (Larry Bates) side eyeing Evan.
Nick (Larry Bates)
Played By Larry Bates
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 2 “Synthesis”

Character Introduction

Evan’s friend, since college, who doesn’t support Evan and Gently’s relationship after Gently abandoned Evan in Carson.

Additional Information About The Character

  •  1.4: Seperated from Evan’s sister

Ty

Ty (Leland B Martin) greeting Evan.
Ty (Leland B Martin)
Played By Leland B Martin
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 2 “Synthesis”

Character Introduction

One of Gently’s suitors who she doesn’t take seriously and mostly sees as someone to have something fun with, not anything serious.

Additional Information About The Character

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Ellene

Ellene (Kellee Stewart) thanking Gently.
Ellene (Kellee Stewart)
Played By Kellee Stewart
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 3 “Oasis”

Character Introduction

Evan’s sister, Marilyn and Johnny’s daughter, who is a mother of one and struggles with her mother’s judgement.

Additional Information About The Character

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Marilyn

Marilyn (Anne-Marie Johnson) asking what is Evan thinking?
Marilyn (Anne-Marie Johnson)
Played By Anne-Marie Johnson
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 3 “Oasis”

Character Introduction

Evan and Ellene’s mother who was a debutante and it can be assumed she is part of the AKA sorority.

Additional Information About The Character

  • 1.5: Is allergic to lemons
    • Likes rum cake
  • 1.8: Has become a minister.

Johnny

Johnny (Dorien Wilson) talking to Gently.
Johnny (Dorien Wilson)
Played By Dorien Wilson
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 3 “Oasis”

Character Introduction

Evan and Ellene’s father who is a former track star that, in his old age, has a bit of a drinking problem.

Additional Information About The Character

  • He’s been married to Marilyn for 40 years.
  • 1.5: Is from Dorsey

Jasmine

Jasmine (Camryn Jones) getting her hair done.
Jasmine (Camryn Jones)
Played By Camryn Jones
First Noted In Season 1 Episode 3 “Oasis”

Character Introduction

Ellene’s daughter who doesn’t often see eye to eye with her mother.

Additional Information About The Character

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Barbara (Diane Venora)

Barbara (Diane Venora) talking to Miss Luma.
Barbara (Diane Venora)

Character Description

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 6

Miss Luma’s agent who has represented her for years. However, like many of the Black artists she has represented, she has struggled to get them to the place they deserve.

Additional Information About Barbara

  • 1.6: Is Jewish

 Quotes

Jaydo (Tory Devon Smith)

Jaydo (Tory Devon Smith) having a back and forth with Evan.
Jaydo (Tory Devon Smith)

Character Description

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 6

Evan’s business partner at Zuberi who butts heads with Evan over getting a venture capitalist, Maha specifically, involved in their business.

Additional Information About Jaydo

Quotes

Maha (Kim Thomson) & Breno (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez)

Maha (Kim Thomson) and Breno (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) in Evan's house.
Maha (Kim Thomson) and Breno (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez)

Character Description

First Noted In – Season 1, Episode 6

Maha is a well-known venture capitalist, as well as data raider, who is Swiss and loves herself some bourbon. Her husband is Bruno who is Portuguese, with family in Bahia, where he is from.

Additional Information About Maha and Breno

 Quotes

Philip (Joshua Brockington)

Philip (Joshua Brockington) taking note he takes care of Miss Luma now.
Philip (Joshua Brockington)

Character Introduction

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 8 “Catharsis” [Season Finale]

Gently’s replacement when she no longer is Miss Luma’s personal assistant.

Additional Information About Philip

 



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