Sanaa Lathan
American actress
Sanaa Lathan
Sanaa McCoy Lathan is an American actress and voice actress. She has starred in many films, including the box-office hits Love & Basketball, Alien vs. Predator, Something New, and The Family That Preys. Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. In 2010 she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Will and Jada aren't going. Spike Lee will be courtside at the Knicks. Tyrese Gibson and 50 Cent want Chris Rock to step down as host of this year's Academy Awards. I get it. I really do. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year. Having said all of this, each nominee these past two years in top categories have been deserving. It's not as if Will Smith was snubbed for Concussion in place of David Spade for Joe Dirt 2. Snubs happen. But to flip it back to the start, something clearly needs to be done. Below, I've compiled a list of nominees of color over the last 15 years that should've received nominations and even won the statue. Before you read my choices (and feel free to put yours down in the comments section below), I'll say this: anyone who is asking Rock to step down is wrong. If ever you want your voice ...
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‘Shots Fired’ Fox Event Series Starring Sanaa Lathan Gets Formal Green Light
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Fox Broadcasting Co. has officially ordered an event series from Love & Basketball filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythe and Empire executive producer Brian Grazer for a 2016 premiere. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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For LaTanya Richardson Jackson, a 'dream' role
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Richardson Jackson, who was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning 2009 revival of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," was asked on Saturday to take over for Diahann Carroll in next month's Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun." Director Kenny Leon, who asked her to step in, didn't even know she was in New York when he dialed her cell phone. Set in the late 1950s in a rundown South Side Chicago apartment, "A Raisin in the Sun" deals with the hopes and disappointments of a black family trying to find a better life in a white neighborhood. The original Broadway production in 1959 featured Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, Claudia McNeil and Diana Sands, all who reunited for a 1961 film adaptation. The last Broadway revival occurred in 2004, starring Diddy (Sean Combs), Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald.
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Director Malcolm D. Lee Talks <i>The Best Man Holiday</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"You know, people really know me from 'The Best Man.' I've done five other movies since then, but it always comes back to 'The Best Man.' It was time to do the sequel." - Malcolm D. Lee, director of 'The Best Man Holiday' Malcolm D. Lee is back with a hit film, The Best Man Holiday. It is quite possibly the most-anticipated film of the year with cast members and the director appearing on magazine covers, television, radio and at film festivals to hawk the sequel to The Best Man, a black film that made its mark in Hollywood nearly 15 years ago. The year was 1999 and a consistent stream of films directed by black directors had been making a dent in Hollywood for over a decade. At the top of the decade, there was Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, John Singleton, Mario Van Peebles, George Jackson, Bill Duke, Kevin Hooks, Doug McHenry, F. Gary Gray, the Hudlin and Hughes Brothers making films that were literally changing the face of Hollywood. Black films were turning major profits and sho ...
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Solange Knowles Gets Matchy Matchy With Her Car & More Of The Week's Best Style Moments (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
This week our favorite style star, Solange Knowles, wowed us (per usual) in colorful printed ensemble that screamed downtown chic. But what really made the outfit pop was the matching Lamborghini Murcielago decorated by Rashaad Newsome that she was rolling in. The bold luxury vehicle was on hand for the celebration of the release of Solo's "Saint Heron" compilation album, which was held at Opening Ceremony in New York. We've got to say, this chick really knows how to please the eye! Also looking fierce this week was supermodel Jourdan Dunn. The British beauty was spotted in a blush-and-black polka dotted Juan Carlos Obando gown for the CFDA and Vogue 2013 Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration. We particularly love Ms. Dunn's sleek hairstyle, bold lip and statement hoop earrings -- the perfect way to pull together the gorgeous getup. Last but certainly not least, actress Naomie Harris tops our list of the week's best style moments, thanks to the incredible Valentino gown she sported a ...
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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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10 Classic Black Films We'd Love To See Sequels For
Huffington Post - over 3 years
With films featuring black casts like "The Best Man Holiday" and the forthcoming "Think Like A Man Too," hitting the big screen, we couldn't help but think about other classic black films we would love to see a sequel to. Immediately, movies like "Love Jones," "Brown Sugar," and "Dead Presidents" come to mind. Not that these movies particularly left us with any major cliff hangers, but who wouldn't want to see where the characters are now, and what became of them. Recently, Nia Long stopped by HuffPost Live to promote the sequel to "The Best Man." When asked about her favorite role so far she immediately mentioned "Love Jones." "I feel like that was like one of the classic romantic comedies where we really got to see black love in a way where we haven’t seen it before where it’s not a caricature of anything, but that it’s actually raw," explained Long. She also went on to give a hint about the possibility of a sequel, "you know there’s been talk about it but I’m not sure." ...
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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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Bad Hair Color Happens To Beautiful People In This Week's Best & Worst Beauty (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We may be on the fence about reuniting with hair dye after finding out how damaging it ca be, but the celebs on this week's Worst Beauty list went over the top with hair color. Jada Pinkett Smith continued her rocker mom reign with a bleached undercut 'do, and Lil Mama sported a seafoam green bob. Meanwhile, Anna Faris is still holding on to her unnatural-looking blonde hair. It's time to let go, ladies! Check out these outrageous hair colors (and less extreme shades) below and tell us what you think. BEST: Salma Hayek The 47-year-old actress, director and producer looks as though she hasn't aged since her "Desperado" days. Her caramel highlights and raisin lip gloss enhance her radiant complexion, and the shimmering gold eyeshadow makes her brown eyes pop. BEST: Michelle Trachtenberg We can't call her Harriet the Spy any longer. Trachtenberg is all grown up with sexy, side-swept curls, smoldering eye makeup and a classic nude lip. Well-placed blush draws attention to he ...
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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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Love & Football: NFL Baller Colin Kaepernick Is Smashing Sanaa Lathan’s Cougar Cakes To Smithereens?!
Bossip - over 3 years
New couple alert??? Sanna Lathan Coupled Up With Colin Kaepernick Via MadamNoire reports: You know the whole “jumping the gun” thing? Yes, that’s totally what could be happening here, but allow me that in the case of Sanaa Lathan and Colin Kaepernick. Late Saturday night, Sanaa Lathan posted a picture of she and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick looking rather “chummy.” She captioned it, “@kaepernick7 xoxo.” By looking very closely at the picture (Inspector Gadget style), they look like they’re at dinner and not just randomly taking a picture at a party. Further searching and sleuthing on the internet resulted in finding a full picture of the night and they were, indeed, at dinner (you’ll have to find that one on your own though). A few minutes later, Kaepernick re-grammed the picture with the caption, “@sanaalathan this.” Sounds like this could be the making of something, right? Yes, I thought so too. In response to the, “Isn’t she older than him” quest ...
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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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All The Fabulous Looks From The 2013 BET Awards Red Carpet
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The 2013 BET Awards are finally upon us! Woo hoo! So far the stars are out and shining bright. Janelle Monáe, Ciara, Sanaa Lathan, Gabrielle Union, Jamie Foxx and Chris Brown are already turning heads and we can't wait to see who else is on hand. Check out our continually-updated slideshow for all the red carpet looks! And make sure to vote for your favorite outfits.
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PHOTOS: 'The Best Man' Stars Tease The Sequel
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If you follow Sanaa Lathan on Instagram you may be just as excited about "The Best Man" sequel as we are. The actress has been sharing photos of her fellow cast mates on the social network for the last couple weeks, and it has us waiting with baited breath for the upcoming "The Best Man Holiday." The whole cast is on board reprising their roles in the film, which is set 15 years after the original. During an interview with The Huffington Post, actor Morris Chestnut shared a bit of what fans can expect from the movie. "It’s going to be a movie to where I think people are going to experience the whole gamut of emotions," he said. "I think they’re going to laugh, and I think they’re going to cry. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this movie. It’s a fun movie, don’t get me wrong, but there’s a lot of heartwarming moments, some realization with some characters. There’s a lot in this movie." Even Terrence Howard said he gets teary-eyed thinking about it. And so ...
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Ernest Owens: Tyler Perry, Stop Vilifying Black Success
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Dear Tyler Perry, It has been 13 films and eight years of perpetual stereotype. Through the years, I have found myself supporting your movies because you are one of the few consistent black filmmakers in Hollywood. Your films have grossed over $500 million in the box office worldwide and continue to launch television spin-offs and other media based endeavors. Even though Spike Lee, an even better director in my opinion, has critiqued you with good reason, I still had faith that you were adjusting to the business and would progress in your talent. As I continue to view your work however, I have noticed that you have gotten better actors filling crappier roles for even more godforsaken screenplays. The movies continue to go below the belt and your attention to detail is becoming more minimal. Even your dramatic scenes that are meant to provoke us are being dismissed as farce. What is even more alarming is that as I used to watch your movies as a child and as I am now payi ...
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PHOTOS: The Week's Best Style Moments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As sure as the sky is blue, we can always count on Solange Knowles rocking a killer printed suit. And she did just that during one of her SXSW performance in a floral Mia Moretti x Pencey ensemble. The singer/DJ/model finished the look with Stuart Weitzman's Theone lucite sandals, her signature afro and a bold red lip. We're in love with this look, per usual. Teyonah Parris was also spotted serving a stunning printed look this week. The actress stepped out for the Premiere of AMC's 'Mad Men' Season 6 in Los Angeles wearing a black-and-yellow tea length frock and a fabulous pompadour 'do. Last but not least, Sanaa Lathan looked lovely while attending the L.K. Bennett Tea Luncheon. The 41-year-old star opted for a short, white eyelet skirt and floral tank for the gathering. Check out those ladies and the rest of this week's style stars, including-- Viola Davis, and Jurnee Smollett and Rosario Dawson-- in the slideshow below.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sanaa Lathan
    FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 41
    She has starred in many films, including the box-office hit The Best Man and its 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator and The Family That Preys.
    More Details Hide Details Lathan was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun. From 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show. In 2010, she starred in the all-black performance of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Novello Theatre in London. Lathan was born in New York City. Her first name means "art" in Swahili and "shining light" in Arabic. She is of African American and Native American descent. Her mother, Eleanor McCoy, was an actress and dancer who performed on Broadway with Eartha Kitt. Her father, Stan Lathan, worked behind the scenes in television for PBS, as well as a producer on shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam. Her brother is Tendaji Lathan, a well known DJ. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    In 2011, Lathan starred alongside Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker in Repentance, a psychological thriller directed by Phillipe Caland.
    More Details Hide Details Lathan played series regular Mona Fredricks in the second season of Starz' original series Boss, starring Kelsey Grammer. General Interviews
    In 2011, Lathan co-starred in the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion alongside Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.
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  • 2009
    Age 37
    From 2009 to 2013, she voiced the character Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show.
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    In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World.
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  • 2006
    Age 34
    Lathan has acted in several roles in which her characters are involved in interracial relationships. In 2006, she co-starred with Simon Baker in Something New, a romantic comedy; as Michelle Landa, the much younger wife of a Texas businessman (Larry Hagman) during the fourth season of the television series, Nip/Tuck; and in 2008 as Andrea in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.
    More Details Hide Details The film also features Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates; it was released in the U.S. on September 12, 2008. In an interview with NPR, Lathan said the script took a fresh approach to telling an interracial love story, by describing the internal conflict some African-American women confront when it comes to dating interracially. "I feel like with black women, in a way, I feel like it has been harder for us to go there just in terms of culturally. I know that there's this statistic that says that like 13 percent of black men are in interracial relationships. And don't quote me on this, but it's like four percent or three percent of black women are in interracial relationships; and I think that says a lot about, you know, either black women's loyalty her black man or her either guilt about stepping outside of the race."
  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in Out of Time.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she was cast in the lead role in Alien vs. Predator. The film was a major success grossing over $171 million worldwide.
  • 2002
    Age 30
    In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy film, Brown Sugar, alongside Diggs, Queen Latifah, and Mos Def.
    More Details Hide Details Lathan's performance earned an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. The film also received an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Motion Picture. In 2004, Lathan starred on Broadway in A Raisin in the Sun with Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, and Phylicia Rashad. Lathan received a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress for her portrayal of Beneatha Younger. Several years later, Lathan reprised the role in a critically acclaimed ABC Network production of A Raisin in the Sun.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy film Catfish in Black Bean Sauce.
    More Details Hide Details Next was her second collaboration with Prince-Bythewood: Disappearing Acts; it is based on a novel by Terry McMillan. In the HBO film, Lathan is cast as an aspiring singer/songwriter in love with a carpenter, played by her Blade co-star Wesley Snipes. For her work in the film, Lathan earned an Essence Award for Best Actress. That year, she was named by Ebony magazine as one of its 55 Most Beautiful People and was honoured by Essence magazine and Black Entertainment Television.
  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, Lathan appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues along with Teri Garr and Julianna Margulies.
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  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, Lathan earned a degree of recognition with her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade.
    More Details Hide Details She followed this the subsequent year with a role in Life with Martin Lawrence and Eddie Murphy and back-to-back turns in The Best Man and The Wood. The Best Man was a comedic ensemble film, starring Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Harold Perrineau Jr., and Morris Chestnut. The Best Man went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing African American films in history and Lathan received a NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance. The Wood, another ensemble film starring Diggs and Omar Epps, cast her as the love interest of Epps. Lathan and Epps were reunited onscreen in Gina Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball, this time playing a couple as passionate about basketball as they are about each other. Her performance in Love & Basketball earned her the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, as well as an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress and a BET Award.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1971.
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