Nia Long
Actress
Nia Long
Nitara Talita "Nia" Long is an American dancer and actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Deep Cover, Boyz n the Hood, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, and Are We There Yet?.
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Review: They’ve, Sob, Remade ‘Beaches’
NYTimes - about 1 month
A Lifetime do-over of that 1988 tear-jerker movie features Idina Menzel and Nia Long. (And you-know-who still dies.)
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'Love Jones: The Musical' Is A Theatrical Spin On A Classic '90s Love Story
Huffington Post - 5 months
Nearly 20 years after its big screen release, “Love Jones” is receiving a theatrical makeover with “Love Jones: The Musical.” The national tour, which stars an all-star cast featuring Tony Grant (as Darius Lovehall), and singers Chrisette Michelle (as Nina Mosley), Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister, is a musical adaptation of the 1997 film. Dubbed as “a hip ‘When Harry Met Sally,’” the romantic comedy follows a young poet, Darius Lovehall (portrayed by Larenz Tate), and photographer Nina Mosley (portrayed by Nia Long) as they navigate their emotions for one another in Chicago. While the essence of the film’s plot around Nina and Darius’ relationship is incorporated into the new musical production, veteran theater producer Melvin Childs chose to revamp the plot with additional characters, chart-topping hits, and original music to adhere to stage limitations. “There’s lots of different characters in this stage play that you didn’ ...
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What to Watch Tonight: The Fosters, Angie Tribeca, 12 Monkeys, and the Season Finales of TURN: Washington's Spies and American Dad!
Yahoo News - 8 months
What to watch on Monday, June 27... 8pm, Freeform The Fosters Still getting their bearings after the school lockdown is lifted, the household turns its attention to internal tensions in "Safe." While Callie and Brandon wait for the hammer to fall regarding their Idyllwild behavior, Stef encourages everyone to stay away off the grid and avoid the rumors pestering the family. SEASON 11 FINALE, 8:30pm, TBS American Dad! In "Standard Deviation," Stan sees has one way to get out of a suicide mission: learn the DJ-ing arts and best Bullock in a DJ battle. Elsewhere, Jeff develops a psychedelic tea habit and teams up with Roger to bring an imaginary musical instrument to life. DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE, 9pm, HBO How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change Director Josh Fox travels to 12 countries on six continents to examine some of the communities that have been most harmed by climate change. The film considers what other damage may be wrought by the ongoing global thr ...
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In the year of #OscarsSoWhite, BET just launched an award show for film
LATimes - 12 months
When Jeff Friday founded the American Black Film Festival in 1997, he was inspired by an audience he saw during a Sundance screening of “Love Jones.” Though the film, starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate, was what many would consider a “black film,” Friday said it resonated with the Sundance audience...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: It's a Wonderful Life! The Polar Express! A Christmas Story! And a whole bunch more Christmas bullshit! 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON HALLETT ...
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Ikea Store In Brooklyn, N.Y. Hit With Gay Protest After Company Nixes Lesbian Magazine Article
Huffington Post - about 3 years
A group of gay and lesbian demonstrators touched down at an Ikea in Brooklyn, N.Y. over the weekend for a "guerilla photo shoot" in protest of the Swedish company's decision to nix an article about a same-sex couple from the December issue of the Ikea Family Live magazine, which is distributed in Russia. The photo shoot was organized by Joseph Huff-Hannon, co-editor of the forthcoming book Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories, Alexander Kargaltsev, a gay Russian artist and photographer who was recently granted asylum in the U.S., and Rusa LGBT co-founder Nina Long. “Ikea calls themselves the 'life improvement' store, but we decided they have some major room for improvement after they deleted a lesbian couple from the Russian version of their catalog," Huff-Hannon told HuffPost Gay Voices in an email. It's a cause particularly close to Huff-Hannon, as his boyfriend, Artyom Matusov, was born in Moscow: "Ikea should stop insulting their LGBT customers in Russia and around the world, s ...
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Why <i>The Best Man Holiday</i> Isn't 'Race-Themed'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I wasn't even going to blog about The Best Man Holiday. I was going to go in and watch the glorious reunion of Nia Long, Taye Diggs and company and just enjoy it. But after what USAToday tweeted about the film's success at the box office, I realized I had to. Here's the tweet in case you missed it: #BREAKING: 'Holiday' nearly beats 'Thor' as race-themed films soar http://t.co/w3LIZR19hS — USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 17, 2013 Race-themed. When I think of race as a theme in film, I think of it as the way theme is defined. Here's how Merriam-Webster defines it. "The main subject that is being discussed in a piece of writing, a movie, etc." Themes are what a film is about. If a film is race-themed, then it is about race. So imagine my surprise when I saw USAToday describe The Best Man Holiday as race-themed. Forget "race-themed": I struggle to see how the film is about race at all. Like its predecessor, Holiday focuses on the intertwining lives of a group of men and w ...
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'The Best Man Holiday' Director, Malcolm D. Lee, Talks Sequel & Black Film Renaissance
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
14 years since making his directorial debut in the romantic comedy-drama, “The Best Man,” Malcolm D. Lee has fulfilled fans long-awaited request with the film’s sequel, “The Best Man Holiday.” The Christmas-themed follow-up finds Lee reuniting with the ensemble cast, which includes Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Terrence Howard, and Regina Hall, at their characters regroup for a holiday retreat filled with laughs and a bit of misfortune along the way. During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Lee opened up on directing and producing the project, in addition to his thoughts on the resurgence of black films in theaters and the reason why most studios refuse to release soundtracks. Read More... More on pop culture
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Nia Long pleased with 14-year holiday for 'Best Man' sequel
USA Today - over 3 years
Actress say she and her 'Best Man Holiday' co-stars got a chance to mature.
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'The Best Man Holiday' Review: Sequel Can't Compete With Original 1999 Film
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It seems quite apt that "The Best Man Holiday," a film about a reunion of old friends, feels just like going to an actual reunion. In ways both bad and good. A reunion, you see, is only fun if you went to the school and recognize your friends. It's certainly not fun if you didn't, but were dragged along anyway. In that case, you'll likely end up drinking white wine in a paper cup alone by a wall, watching everyone else get silly. Likewise, "The Best Man Holiday," Malcom D. Lee's sequel to his (much better) 1999 "The Best Man," will probably be fun and pleasant for those who saw the first film. Those who didn't may feel like they've been dragged to someone else's reunion. And that's too bad, because the cast, reunited here, is largely excellent, led by the ever-charismatic Taye Diggs as Harper, an author with a fatal flaw: he can't seem to stop writing about his friends and lovers. It's not the fault of the cast that these characters seem less fully formed the second time around. I ...
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Nia Long On Why It's Tough To Be An African-American Woman In Hollywood (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Earlier this year, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle shared their thoughts on the disparities between white and African-Americans actors in Hollywood during an interview with Variety. And while the ongoing conversation affects the careers of budding actors and veterans alike, some have managed to sustain success despite the odds. During an appearance on HuffPost Live on Monday, “The Best Man Holiday” star Nia Long added her assessment on how African-American women are affected by the lack of diversity in the film industry. “It’s tough, because it’s Hollywood. It’s tough, because we’re women. It’s tough, because we’re not in our 20s,” she admitted. “It’s tough no matter how you look at it. I’m not one of these people who walks around and goes ‘Oh my God, it’s soo hard being a black actress,’ but this business is hard.” “It’s hard behind the scenes, in front of the scenes. black, white, whatever it is, it is an industry that there’s a quick turnover. There’s always someone younger, ...
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My Conversation with Nia Long
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Tonight on PBS, I sit down with actress, director and three-time NAACP Image Award winner, Nia Long. In addition to giving us a peek into the highly anticipated film sequel, The Best Man Holiday, she talks about friendships with the cast, motherhood and Hollywood. In the clip below, Long talks about regrets and the one role that she thought would break the Black actress glass ceiling in Hollywood for her. For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to "Tavis Smiley" tonight on PBS. Check out our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis. After the show, tweet me @TavisSmiley #NiaLong and let me know what you thought about our conversation.
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Nia Long: 30-Something-Year-Old Single Ladies Worry Too Much About Marriage
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Actress Nia Long has some words of advice for single, successful women feeling anxious about finding a partner and settling down.
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These 'Best Man Holiday' Ebony Covers Are Making Us Drool (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
How many beautiful black people can you fit on a magazine cover? Plenty. That's just what Ebony accomplished for its November issue featuring the star-studded cast of "Best Man Holiday." In fact, there was too much gorgeousness for just one cover so they made two. The leading ladies -- Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Regina Hall, Monica Calhoun and Melissa DeSousa -- look stunning dressed in cream and white hued ethereal gowns for the first cover. We're pretty sure all that cleavage Sanaa is showing will boost ticket sales. And we see you with all that leg, Nia! Wowzas. As for the fellas? Terrence Howard, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau are suited up and looking super fine for the second cover. The dapper dudes are sure to delight fans when their long awaited on-screen reunion hits theaters on November 15. In the meantime, feast your eyes on Ebony's November covers. Amazing, right? And if you think those stars look good, check out the ones in the slideshow belo ...
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'The Best Man Holiday' Director, Malcolm Lee, Reveals The Real Reason The Sequel Was Delayed (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Black Voices "The Craft" is a four-part series within our Screening Room experience that highlights leading filmmakers, writers and actors. Each episode will feature the creative minds behind some of today’s notable films, as they discuss their individual road to success and how each of them made their craft in high art. Since the premiere of his debut feature film "The Best Man" in 1999, Malcolm Lee has become one of the most prominent directors in Hollywood. Lee discussed his career journey and the inspiration for his sequel to black cinema classic, "The Best Man Holiday," starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall exclusively on The Craft. Check out the fourth and final episode of The Craft featuring Malcolm Lee below.
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For Your Viewing Pleasure: New Trailer For “The Best Man Holiday” [Video]
Bossip - over 3 years
We can’t wait! The sequel to “The Best Man” arrives before Thanksgiving this year! After nearly 15 years apart, Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall reprise their career-launching roles in The Best Man Holiday, the long-awaited next chapter to the film that ushered in a new era of comedy. When the college friends finally reunite over the Christmas holidays, they will discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be ignited. Malcolm D. Lee returns to write and direct this sequel to his directorial debut. Sean Daniel (The Mummy franchise) will produce alongside Lee for The Sean Daniel Company. Watch #TheBestManHoliday trailer below and see the film in theaters everywhere November 15! Photos and Video Courtesy Universal Pictures
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nia Long
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 42
    She appeared in the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday, reprising her role from the original 1999 film.
    More Details Hide Details Unlike the original film, however, her character is in an interracial relationship with a caucasian man. Long was revealed to have pursuing an interracial relationship in the film and explained: "We're living in a modern world where it happens and it's OK and it's no disrespect to any black man. I love black men, but the reality is the sistahs are marrying white men and the brothas are marrying white women and that's the world that we live in and it's not to be judged, and if it works for you then embrace it". Director Malcolm D. Lee also supported the interracial relationship being portrayed in the film. "African-American women who are extremely successful can't always find black male counterparts on that level so it's a little bit of a reflection of reality that black women are starting to date outside their race — and why not?"
  • THIRTIES
  • 2010
    Age 39
    Long started dating Ime Udoka in 2010, and gave birth to their son, Kez Sunday Udoka on November 7, 2011. The couple became engaged in May 2015.
    More Details Hide Details She also has another son, Massai Zhivago Dorsey II (born November 26, 2000), from a previous relationship. The actress contributes her time to the Sterling Children's Home in Barbados, as a motivational speaker. Long is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. http://tvline.com/2016/08/16/nia-long-beaches-remake-lifetime-hillary/
  • 2007
    Age 36
    Long also starred in Big Shots from 2007–2008 alongside Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott.
    More Details Hide Details Long appeared in supporting roles in a number of movies such as Friday and Made in America. Long played a leading role, or a member of the primary ensemble, in several films, including Soul Food, Love Jones, Boiler Room, Big Momma's House, Are We There Yet?, and The Best Man. Ice Cube has starred with her in four films, while (fellow Westchester High alum) Regina King has starred with her in two. Long starred alongside Michael Beach in Soul Food and in the TV series Third Watch. Long appears in the video for Kanye West's "Touch the Sky". She directed Yolanda Adams's music video for "This Too Shall Pass". She won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 for her performance on Third Watch. Long co-directed and appeared in Ashanti's music video, "Baby". She also made a guest appearance on the successful sitcom Living Single during its first season.
  • 2005
    Age 34
    In 2005 and 2006, Long appeared on Everwood, and appeared on Boston Legal during its 2006–2007 season.
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  • 2003
    Age 32
    In 2003, she joined the cast of the drama Third Watch, where she played NYPD Officer Sasha Monroe, continuing until the series finale in 2005.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2000
    Age 29
    In 2000, Long was offered the role of Alex Munday in Charlie's Angels, but she turned it down, and the role was eventually given to Lucy Liu.
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  • 1994
    Age 23
    From 1994 – 1995, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée Beulah "Lisa" Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
    More Details Hide Details Jada Pinkett-Smith was originally supposed to play Lisa, but was too short for the role (opposite a 6'2" Will Smith), thus leaving Nia to take the part.
  • 1991
    Age 20
    Long portrayed Kat from 1991 to 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Long played Brandi in Boyz n the Hood. The film excited Long, who was doing her "first real movie role" would helped Long build her confidence as an actress. "It introduced me to the world in a way that it was okay for me to be who I am and still find success," she added. "I didn’t have to conform to anything."
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Age 18
    She graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Long's acting coach was Betty Bridges, better known as the mother of Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Her earliest role was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol alongside Sean Astin, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith. Her first notable role on television was a three-year contract role as Kathryn "Kat" Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1970
    Born
    Born on October 30, 1970.
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