Ruby Johnson
NameRubeline Eveline Johnson
BornAugust 25, 1953 (1953-08-25) (age 65)
FamilyUnnamed sister
Earl Johnson (ex-husband)
Mabel Johnson (ex mother-in-law)
Andre Johnson (son)
Rhonda Johnson (daughter)
Almaviligerais Johnson(ex-sister-in-law; best friend)
Rainbow Johnson (daughter-in-law via Andre)
Sharon Johnson (daughter-in-law via Rhonda)
Zoey Johnson (granddaughter)
Andre Johnson, Jr. (grandson)
Jack Johnson (grandson)
Diane Johnson (granddaughter)
Devonte Johnson (grandson)
Unnamed son
Cha-Cha Johnson (granddaughter)
Dante Johnson (grandson)
Carl Johnson (grandson)
Diamond Johnson (granddaughter)
Portrayed byJenifer Lewis

Rubeline Eveline "Ruby" Johnson is one of the main characters in Black-ish.

Ruby is portrayed by Jenifer Lewis.

Character info

She is the ex-wife of Earl Johnson, the mother of Andre Johnson and Rhonda Johnson as well as the grandmother to Zoey Johnson, Andre Johnson, Jr., Jack Johnson, Diane Johnson and Devonte Johnson.


Season 1 (8/24)


  • A running gag in the show is that Ruby is basically Donald Trump.
  • Ruby didn’t allow Dre to eat bananas when he was a kid because of her homophobia.
  • Ruby told Davis that she was allergic to latex.
  • Ruby doesn’t eat mushrooms.
  • She blew up Pops’ car and both of his boats.
  • She shot Pops twice.
  • Ruby had affairs with Dre’s gym and science teacher when he was a child.
  • Ruby plays Spades.
  • The last time she had gin before the episode “Dr. Hell No,” she shot Pops.
  • When she dies, she says she wants her ashes sprinkled on Ving Rhames.
  • Ruby’s nemesis is Doris.
  • Her best friend is Almaviligerais.
  • According to her, cooking is her main connection to the kids.
  • She doesn’t believe in therapy.
  • When she was young, there were 48 states, dinosours were lizards, and there were only 9 numbers. She said this to Diane and Jack.