Like her other co-stars, JoMarie Patyonâ€™s stomping ground may have been the suburbs of Chicago, but that was just the beginning of what her career had in store. While filming Family Matters, Harriette Winslow simultaneously guest starred on UPNâ€™s (now the CW) five-season sitcom, Moesha (1996 - 1999), as Hakeemâ€™s mother. One year after saying goodbye to the â€™90s series, Payton acquired a recurring role on Will & Grace for one season as Mrs. Freeman.
Over the next five years, the ABCâ€™s loving mother took on more than 10 roles between film and televsionâ€”the most remembered being her voice as Suga Mama in Disney Channelâ€™s The Proud Family (2001 â€“ 2005). In addition to the four-season-series, JoMarie also served as the voice of Suga Mama in The Proud Family Movie (2005). While the actress has not had any repeat roles since the Disney Channel cartoon, Payton has appeared on several primetime sitcoms including Desperate Housewives and Meet the Browns. The 62-year-old currently gearing up for her latest TV series, The Rev.
Outside of her acting career, Payton explored the world of music and released her solo jazz album, Southern Shadows, in March 1999.