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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Sanaa Lathan takes aim in 'Shots Fired'
CNN - 10 months
"Shots Fired" star Sanaa Lathan wants you to know that while you may be tuning into her weekly TV series, you are actually watching a movie.
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Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Hap and Leonard' on Sundance
LATimes - 10 months
SERIES Shots Fired Ashe and Preston (Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James) aren’t sure that Cory’s (guest star Marcus Clae) testimony will be credible enough against the sheriff department’s so they seek more evidence. Helen Hunt, Stephen Moyer, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds and Richard Dreyfuss...
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'Shots Fired' Star Sanaa Lathan on 'Love and Basketball'
Wall Street Journal - 11 months
"Shots Fired" star Sanaa Lathan talks to the WSJ Cafe about the legacy of her movie "Love and Basketball." Photo: Getty
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Why 'Shots Fired' Made An Unarmed White Student The Victim Of A Police Shooting
Huffington Post - 11 months
Filmmakers Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood are aiming to uncover the complexities of America’s criminal justice system with their new Fox drama series “Shots Fired.” Starring Sanaa Lathan, Tristan “Mack” Wilds, Stephan James, Helen Hunt and Aisha Hinds, the 10-episode series chronicles the aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small North Carolina town following African American police officer Joshua Beck (played by Wilds) killing an unarmed white college student. The decision by the husband-wife team to reverse the narrative of police brutality came during the early stages of the show’s development, according to Prince-Bythewood. The “Love & Basketball” director tells The Huffington Post that the story was inspired by George Zimmerman’s much-publicized 2013 trial in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, in which the former neighborhood watch coordinator received over $200,000 from supporters to help fund his legal defense.  “Wh...
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5 Black Women To Watch In Hollywood In 2017
Huffington Post - 12 months
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 voic...
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‘Shots Fired’ Fox Event Series Starring Sanaa Lathan Gets Formal Green Light
Huffington Post - about 2 years
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 4 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 4 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 sh...
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Solange Knowles Gets Matchy Matchy With Her Car & More Of The Week's Best Style Moments (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 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 ...
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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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10 Classic Black Films We'd Love To See Sequels For
Huffington Post - over 4 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 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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Bad Hair Color Happens To Beautiful People In This Week's Best & Worst Beauty (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 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 h...
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These 'Best Man Holiday' Ebony Covers Are Making Us Drool (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post - over 4 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 bel...
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'The Best Man Holiday' Director, Malcolm Lee, Reveals The Real Reason The Sequel Was Delayed (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 4 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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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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 39
    In 2011, Lathan starred alongside Anthony Mackie and Forest Whitaker in Repentance, a psychological thriller directed by Phillipe Caland.
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    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.
  • 2009
    Age 37
    From 2009 to 2013, she voiced the character Donna Tubbs on The Cleveland Show.
    In 2009, Lathan co-starred with Matthew Broderick in the drama Wonderful World.
  • 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.
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  • 2003
    Age 31
    In 2003, she co-starred with Denzel Washington in Out of Time.
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  • 2002
    Age 30
    In 2002, Lathan starred in the romantic comedy film, Brown Sugar, alongside Diggs, Queen Latifah, and Mos Def.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2001
    Age 29
    In 2001, Lathan earned additional acclaim for her work in the multicultural comedy film Catfish in Black Bean Sauce.
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  • 2000
    Age 28
    In 2000, Lathan appeared in the Off-Broadway production of The Vagina Monologues along with Teri Garr and Julianna Margulies.
  • 1998
    Age 26
    In 1998, Lathan earned a degree of recognition with her role as the mother of Wesley Snipes' title character in Blade.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1971
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1971.
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