Dr. Melina Abdullah is an American actress, academic and civic leader, and the co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter. She holds a guest starring role in Season 2 and Season 3 of Good Trouble.
Melina Rachel Reimann was born on September 18, 1972 at East Oakland, Oakland, California, U.S. Her father, John Reimann, was "a union organizer and self-proclaimed Trotskyist." Her mother is Linda Fowler Blackston and she was raised by Oji "Baba" Blackston. Her paternal grandfather was Günter Reimann (born Hans Steinicke), a German-Jewish Marxist economist and member of the Communist Party of Germany who opposed Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich.
She graduated from Howard University, where she earned a bachelor's of arts (B.A.) degree in African American Studies. She subsequently earned a master's degree (M.A.) and doctoral degree (PhD.) in political science from the University of Southern California. Reimann changed her surname to Abdullah due to her marriage to filmmaker Phaylen Abdullah and kept the name after their divorce.
Throughout Good Trouble
In Capoeira, Patrisse appears alongside the Black Lives Matter activists who are protesting the arrest of Malika Williams, who is being detained for unknowingly breaking a restraining order while protesting. Due to Malika's connections to BLM, the Judge on her case set her bail to $250,000. BLM walks into the courthouse with the family of Malika to deliver a signed petition demanding that DA Hanson drops the charges against her. Tye presents the paper and says they will wait to deliver the papers to DA Hanson personally. With it being a sit-in situation, Melina instructs the group to call their friends and fill the halls with allies and members
- When talking about both Melina and Patrisse Cullors, Sherry Cola said, "In terms of ‘good trouble,’ all I can think about is the fact that Melina and Patrisse are part of our show. I’ll be at a protest, and I’ll see Melina, and she just came from set. These are queens."