Nia Long

Actress Nia Long

Nia Talita Long is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, Big Momma's House 2, Are We There Yet?, and Are We Done Yet?.
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Nia Long On 'Love Jones' Days: 'We Have Not Seen A Film Like This Since'
Huffington Post - 8 months
For Nia Long ― and the rest of black America ― “Love Jones” will forever hold its place in her heart.  Last Tuesday, the actress spoke at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “In the Mood for ‘Love Jones,’” a celebration of the romantic film’s 20th anniversary. Long said that her role as Nina Mosley in the 1997 movie was the most relatable character she has played to date.  In the movie, Nina falls in love with Darius Lovehall, played by Larenz Tate, through their shared devotion to art and poetry.  “When I’ve looked back on all the women that I’ve played, in this beautiful career with these wonderful opportunities, Nina is probably the most like myself,” said Long alongside Tate, both of whom are still foine.  What she also appreciates about the movie is its representation of black love and the significance that has maintained to this day.  “Black people were so excited to see ourselves like this,” she said. “But I think when the film was released, becaus...
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Movies events and revivals: June 11-17
LATimes - 9 months
When writer-director Theodore Witcher’s romantic drama Love Jones hit theaters in 1997 it was a bit of a bellwether, albeit a quiet one. The film about two attractive people in their 20s, a poet and a photographer (Lorenz Tate and Nia Long), and their friends, navigating love, romance and the vibrant...
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Nia Long's diva behavior is alive and well
Fox News - 11 months
Nia Long’s past diva behavior on movie sets has come back to “bite her in the butt” after reports surfaced that she was “nasty and rude” to the crew when she guest-starred on “Empire,” reports the New York Post.
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19 Quotes From Single Parents To Remind You That You're Not Alone
Huffington Post - 11 months
Being a single parent can be isolating in so many ways. For starters, we single parents are physically alone with our kid(s) a lot of the time, without a partner to carry some of the burden or even just have an adult conversation with. And on an emotional level, we’re constantly seeing two-parent families held up as the ideal situation. If I’m not careful, I can end up feeling not just alone, but resentful as hell. But one thing that helps lance my boil of single parent bitterness is seeing people in the public eye going through the same things I am.  Today, on National Single Parent Day, we’re repping for solo parenting by collecting some relatable quotes from celebrities who are (or have been) single parents. Of course having a couple of nannies and a load of disposable income can make things a little easier, but some feelings are universal. Hopefully they’ll serve as a reminder that even though you’re a single parent, you are definitely not alone.  1. Edie Falco: ”...
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Review: They’ve, Sob, Remade ‘Beaches’
NYTimes - about 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 th...
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In the year of #OscarsSoWhite, BET just launched an award show for film
LATimes - about 2 years
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 4 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 - over 4 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, ...
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Why <i>The Best Man Holiday</i> Isn't 'Race-Themed'
Huffington Post - over 4 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 — 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 ...
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'The Best Man Holiday' Director, Malcolm D. Lee, Talks Sequel & Black Film Renaissance
The Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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 4 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. ...
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Nia Long On Why It's Tough To Be An African-American Woman In Hollywood (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 4 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 4 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: After the show, tweet me @TavisSmiley #NiaLong and let me know what you thought about our conversation.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nia Long
  • 2013
    Age 42
    She appeared in the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday, reprising her role from the original 1999 film.
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  • 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.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    Long also starred in Big Shots from 2007–2008 alongside Michael Vartan and Dylan McDermott.
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  • 2005
    Age 34
    In 2005 and 2006, Long appeared on Everwood, and appeared on Boston Legal during its 2006–2007 season.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 1994
    Age 23
    From 1994 – 1995, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée Beulah "Lisa" Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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  • 1991
    Age 20
    Long portrayed Kat from 1991 to 1994.
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  • 1989
    Age 18
    She graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1989.
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  • 1970
    Born on October 30, 1970.
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