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P-Valley Cast and Character Guide

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A guide for the Starz series “P-Valley.” Noted are cast members, information about their character, and other details about the show.


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Please Note: This content contains pertinent spoilers, descriptions are updated as new information is presented, images changed as better ones are captured, and this is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, guest star, or reoccurring role.

Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan)

Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan) looking off to the side.
Uncle Clifford (Nicco Annan)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

While they present themselves as male while in public, and sometimes during the day, Uncle Clifford identifies and lives their life as a woman in The Pynk. The reason? It is their establishment, their safe space, and probably one of the handful of places they can be at ease. Hence their name since, while the girls may not necessarily like how much of a cut they take, Uncle Clifford does their best to take care of them.

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Additional Information About Uncle Clifford

  • My Stripper Name (1.3): Notes their stripper name would be Sweet Potato Ponchita

Quotes

You never know when you got to turn a window into a door.
— Uncle Clifford (1.2)


Mercedes (Brandee Evans)

Mercedes (Brandee Evans) after being asked to perform
Mercedes (Brandee Evans)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

Mercedes is The Pynk’s headliner, but with enough money saved over her, approximate, 7-year career, it seems she wants to retire from stripping and start a business. What kind of business? Well, taking note she has a day job of coaching girls on a dance team, perhaps a dance studio? Either way, one of the reasons it may have taken Mercedes 7 years is due to dealing with her holy-roller mother, who often guilts her into giving up money. Which, considering what her mother put her through as a child, may shock you.

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Additional Information About Mercedes

  • S1E1: Is about 25

Quotes

Let that stage be your stepping stone, not your tombstone.
— Mercedes and Uncle Clifford (1.2)


Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton)

Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton) after her performance.
Keyshawn (Shannon Thornton)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

A mother of at least one child, who just got off maternity leave when we meet her. She isn’t one of The Pynk’s top earners but is a staple of the club. Also, she is in an abusive relationship that she tries to hide the extent of the violence.

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Additional Information About Keyshawn

  • S1E1: Mississippi is her stripper name

Quotes


Hailey (Elarica Johnson)

Hailey aka Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) smoking
Hailey aka Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

There is an air of mystery to Hailey when we meet her. For one, we don’t know if her name is Hailey for sure or just something she tells Andre to create a sense of intimacy or exclusivity. What we do know is where she came from was severely flooded, and, like Keyshawn, she was in a very abusive relationship previously. However, now she is in a small place, with a mattress on the floor, and while miserable and possibly missing a daughter (?), she is at least free.

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Additional Information About Hailey

  • S1E1: Her stripper name is Autumn Night

Quotes


Andre Watkins (Parker Sawyers)

Andre (Parker Sawyers) talking to Hailey
Andre (Parker Sawyers)

First Noted In – Season 1 Episode 1 “Perpertratin'”

Brief Introduction

It isn’t clear who Andre is, or what his interest in The Pynk is, though it could be safely assumed he is a cop.

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Additional Information About Andre

  • A Heart In Your Hand (1.2): Andre reveals he was born with his heart outside his chest.
  • Britney (1.3): The name of his wife who lives out in Atlanta.

Quotes

Ain’t nothing necessary, till it is.
— Andre (1.2)

Big L (Morocco Omari)

Big L (Morocco Omari) expressing his worry.
Big L (Morocco Omari)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

Uncle Clifford’s money man who also is his confidant. Perhaps the only one who truly knows how messed up Uncle Clifford’s money is which, for someone who is a ex-con, is an issue since jobs are slim.

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Additional Information About Big L

Quotes

Corbin (Dan J. Johnson)

Corbin (Dan J. Johnson) talking to Andre.
Corbin (Dan J. Johnson)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

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Born to a white father, Black mother, and that relationship not being looked highly upon by his half brothers, Corbin struggles a bit. Mind you, not financially, what so ever, especially due to the inheritance he got from his dad passing. But it does appear that Corbin feels out of place in the community and within his family. Which makes his desire to not sell his family’s land, but lease it, yet another issue his half brothers have with him.

Additional Information About Corbin

  • Son of a Maid (1.2): Corbin’s mother was his father’s maid.
  • Best Friends For Life (1.3): Has been friends with Uncle Clifford since elementary school and Uncle Clifford was the only one to know he was Johnny Kyle’s bastard song for a long time.

Quotes

Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington)

Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington) at a The Pynk's car wash
Mayor Tydell Ruffin (Isiah Washington)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

The mayor of Chucalissa who is, by far, not the best mayor and surely doesn’t maintain a moral high ground. Not to say he is utterly corrupt, but he surely doesn’t keep things on the up and up.

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Additional Information About Mayor Tydell Ruffin

  • Historical First (1.3): Is the first Black mayor of Chucalissa

Quotes

Patrice Woodbine (Harriett D. Foy)

Patrice (Harriet D. Foy) talking to the pastor
Patrice (Harriet D. Foy)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

Mercedes’ mother who, at one time, had a terrible drinking problem, and perhaps more. However, with a position in the church, and faking the perception she has turned her life around, she likes to come off as a better woman. However, whenever she needs money or feels a bit down, she reveals the woman Mercedes knows oh too well.

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Additional Information About Patrice

Quotes

Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross)

Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross) talking to Sister Patrice
Pastor Gilfield (Ricco Ross)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 2 “Scars” 

The pastor of Patrice’s church who is very aware of how Sister Patrice is getting the money so the church can get a loan, and has no shame about it.

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Additional Information About Pastor Gilfield

Quotes

Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin)

Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin) talking to Lil Murda about music
Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared (Brandon Gilpin)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

The DJ of The Pynk who, despite working in a strip club, is actually a teenager. One who goes to what looks like a private school and while well-versed in music, holds multiple intelligences.

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Additional Information About Tequan aka DJ Neva Scared

Quotes

Terricka (A’Zaria Carter)

Terricka (A'Zaria Carter) getting mad at her mom.
Terricka (A’Zaria Carter)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

Mercedes’ thirteen year old daughter who she gave up when she was a baby, but reconnects through dance.

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Additional Information About Terricka

Quotes

Shelle (Helen Goldsby)

Shelle (Helen Goldsby) talking to Mercedes about their daughter.
Shelle (Helen Goldsby)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

Terricka’s adoptive mother.

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Additional Information About Shelle

Quotes

Lil Murda (J. Alphonse Nicholson)

Lil Murda (J. Alphone Nicholson) greeting Tequan at school
Lil Murda (J. Alphone Nicholson)

Character Introduction

First Appears In – Season 1 Episode 3 “Higher Ground”

A young rapper who thinks he is up and coming, and wants his music to be on and popping but, most who are introduced to it don’t dig it. For if it isn’t the hook it’s the beat, or the lyrics, and this leads to Lil Murder and Uncle Clifford growing close since he wants Uncle Clifford’s approval. Maybe more.

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Additional Information About Lil Murda

Quotes


General Information

Creator(s)Katori Hall
First Aired (Starz)7/12/2020

 

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Groups & Organizations

  • Chucalisa Challengers (1.2): The dance troupe Mercedes coaches.

Notable Episodes

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Notable Locations

  • The Pynk (S1E1): Located in Pussy Valley, off exit 29, in the dirty delta, it is the strip club Uncle Clifford owns and manages that the ladies of the show work at.
    • The Cut: A private VIP room
    • Paradise Room: A private room when sex can be on the table
  • Chucalissa (1.2): The town “P-Valley” takes place in.

Terms To Know

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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

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