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15 Celebrity "Moesha" Cameos That Live In My Head Rent-Free

By Caché Roberts,


Moesha was a culture phenomenon, especially in the Black community, and it still is today.
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So many shows are known for having celebrity cameos, and Moesha is especially known for its perfecting casting when it came to very f guest-stars that were done perfectly. Check out some of the best cameos on Moesha .

With Moesha already having some very famous celebs in the main lineup (Brandy and Ray J,) it's no surprise these celebrities have made appearances.

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1. Kobe Bryant

In the episode, "The Whistle Blower," Kobe Bryant made his acting debut at 18 years old in 1996, right before playing in the NBA. Kobe took Moesha to his senior prom at Lower Merion High School, and then appeared in an episode of the show, playing the star athlete, Terry Hightower, who Moesha helped retake the SATs.

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2. Lil' Kim

Iconic rapper, Lil' Kim, appeared in the episode, "Paying the Piper," and played Diamond, the girlfriend of one of D-Money's prison buds.

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3. Usher

Usher also started acting in Moesha and appeared in several episodes of the show as the protagonist's love interest, Jeremy Davis. He also sang the classic song, "U Remind Me" to Moesha, which was adorable.

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4. Gabrielle Union

Before Gabrielle Union became the legendary cheerleader on Bring It On , she was Ashli, the head of the cheerleading squad, at Moesha's high school, which is honestly perfect foreshadowing of her future in acting!

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5. Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige made a cameo on Moesha as herself and sang "All That I Can Say" at a Vibe magazine party.

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6. LeAnn Rimes

In "Ohmigod, Fanatic," Moesha and Kim (Countess Vaughn) get selected for MTV's Fanatic and get to meet country singer LeAnn Rimes, who played herself in the 1999 episode.

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7. Octavia Spencer

In the episode "Teacher," Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer appeared as Gloria Eckhart. She's a friend of Moesha's parents and may have a romantic history with Moesha's dad.

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8. Jamie Foxx

Famous actor and singer Jamie Foxx appeared on Moesha as Woody in "Driving Miss Moesha." He played an insurance salesman and Hakim's cousin.

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9. Maya Angelou

How did Moesha get renowned poet Maya Angelou in an episode? Maya Angelou plays her legendary self and tries to convince Moesha to go back to college after Moesha lands a job with her.

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10. Bow Wow

The hilarious "That's My Mama" episode features Dorian (Ray J) watching his defiant siblings — one of them being Lil' Bow Wow.

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11. Tyrese Gibson

Tyrese Gibson plays Troy in the episode "The Player." When Moesha wants to play matchmaker and help Niecy (Shar Jackson) find a man, she finds out the guy she set her up with is actually the campus player.

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12. Mo'Nique

Mo'Nique plays Nikki Carter in the "It Takes Two" episode. The episode set up the Moesha spinoff, The Parkers, featuring mother-daughter duo Kim and Nikki.

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13. A Tribe Called Quest

14. Shemar Moore

Shemar Moore guest-starred in the episode, "Had to be You," as Andell's (Yvette Wilkerson) college boyfriend who proposes to her. Andell is then left with a difficult decision: Picking her college crush or Bernie, her new current beau.

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15. DMX

DMX is the musical talent during the "Gimme a Break" episode. He plays himself and performs "What's My Name" during Moesha, Niecy, and Hakim's spring break in Santa Barbara.

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Was there a celebrity cameo that you loved that didn't make the list? Tell us about it in the comments below!

In the meantime, you can stream Moesha on Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, and Paramount+.

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