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Long, Nia Biography




biography of Long, Nia

Nitara Carlynn Long
Nia
30 October 1970, Brooklyn, New York, USA
5' 2"
Nia Long is an exceptional actress and devoted philanthropist. This three-time NAACP winner's career spans genre and audience. Long's success has afforded her the opportunity to give back to the communities that have long appreciated her work. Long was last seen in 'Chris Rock (I)' (qv)'s _Good Hair (2009)_ (qv), which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival and won Best Documentary. "Good Hair" was nominated for Best Documentary by the Gotham Independent Film Awards and NAACP awards. Long will next appear in, _Mooz-Lum (2011)_ (qv), a story about an American-born Muslim youth who endures terrible abuse at his Islamic middle school and turns his back on his faith. Long stars as "Safiyah", the boy's mother who ultimately pulls him out of the school when she learns of the abuse. This film will premiere at the 2010 Chicago International Film Festival. Recent big screen credits include _Gospel Hill (2008)_ (qv) opposite 'Angela Bassett' (qv) and 'Danny Glover' (qv), and _Are We Done Yet? (2007)_ (qv) opposite 'Ice Cube' (qv), the sequel to 'Brian Levant' (qv)'s 2005 box office hit _Are We There Yet? (2005)_ (qv), which grossed over 84 million dollars at the box office. She also starred in Sony's _Premonition (2007/I)_ (qv), opposite 'Sandra Bullock' (qv). Her other film credits include: _Big Momma's House (2000)_ (qv) and _Big Momma's House 2 (2006)_ (qv) opposite 'Martin Lawrence (I)' (qv); the former, having surpassed the 75 million dollar box office mark, resulted in a 2001 NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and a 2001 Blockbuster Award Nomination for Favorite Actress. Long has also added _Alfie (2004)_ (qv), opposite 'Jude Law' (qv), 'Mario Van Peebles' (qv)' critically acclaimed film, "Baadasssss!", _Boiler Room (2000)_ (qv), _The Best Man (1999)_ (qv), _The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)_ (qv), _In Too Deep (1999)_ (qv), _Held Up (1999)_ (qv), _Stigmata (1999)_ (qv), _Soul Food (1997)_ (qv), _Made in America (1993)_ (qv), _Friday (1995)_ (qv), _Boyz n the Hood (1991)_ (qv) and _Love Jones (1997)_ (qv), which won the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance, to her list of starring roles. In addition to her success in film, Long has also made significant headway in advancing on the small screen. Long starred in the ABC dramas _"Big Shots" (2007)_ (qv) and _"Boston Legal" (2004)_ (qv) and was also seen on NBC's drama _"Third Watch" (1999)_ (qv). Long's performance on "Third Watch" garnered a 2004 and 2005 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. Long's other television credits include: _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ (qv), _"Judging Amy" (1999)_ (qv), _If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV)_ (qv), _"ER" (1994)_ (qv) and _"Everwood" (2002)_ (qv). Long performed the voice of "Roberta Tubbs" for the first season of the Fox hit animation series, _"The Cleveland Show" (2009)_ (qv). Long made her directorial debut in 2004, directing music videos for 'Ashanti (II)' (qv) and 'Yolanda Adams (I)' (qv). In tandem with her evolving career, Long has also had the privilege of serving her community. Most recently, Long was honored at an event entitled "The Essence of Being Extraordinary" hosted by the HerShe Group; a non-profit organization, devoted to the development of young women in foster care, where Long serves as a member of the board. The event was held in Long's honor for making a difference in the lives of many young girls in the Los Angeles community. Because of Long's mentoring efforts, she has been named as the recipient of the 2008 College Access Award through the CO-OP of Westchester High School. Nia Long was born in Brooklyn, NY, and currently resides in Los Angeles with her 9 year-old son, Massai, her best production yet.
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-   Voted one of the 50 most beautiful people in the World 2000 by People Magazine

-   Nia and her beau, 'Massai Z. Dorsey' (qv), have announced that they are expecting their first child in November 2000. They also announced that they will wed in June 2001.

-   (2000) Took Third Place by the readers of Black Men Magazine for "The 10 Sexiest Women of the Year."

-   First child Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, with 'Massai Z. Dorsey' (qv) was born on November 26th, 2000 in Los Angeles.

-   Was a registered Girl Scout.

-   Nia is of Trinidadian descent.

-   Career got started by 'Betty A. Bridges' (qv), mother of actor 'Todd Bridges' (qv). Betty was her acting coach for 15 years.

-   She and 'Massai Z. Dorsey' (qv) were to wed in June 2001, but ended their relationship before getting married to each other.

-   She beat out 'Jada Pinkett Smith' (qv) ('Will Smith (I)' (qv)'s future wife) for the role of "Lisa Wilkes" on _"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990)_ (qv).

-   Younger half-sister of comedian 'Sommore' (qv).

-   Nia and 'Ime Udoka' (qv) welcomed a baby boy named Kez on Monday November 7th 2011 he weighed 7lbs 15oz and was 19.5 inches long at birth.

-   Returned to work 12 months after giving birth to her son Kez in order to begin filming _Single Moms Club (2014)_ (qv).


-   Co-directed and appeared in 'Ashanti (II)' (qv)'s music video, "Baby".

-   Appeared in 'Chico DeBarge' (qv)'s music video, "Iggin' Me".

-   Music video for 'Kanye West' (qv): "Touch The Sky".

-   Appeared in 'Bell Biv DeVoe' (qv)'s video for "Poison" (1990).

-   Appeared in 'Bell Biv DeVoe' (qv)'s video "Do Me!" (1990).


-   (January 2004) Is currently portraying "Sasha Monroe" as she returns as a regular cast member for her second on NBC's multi-faced drama _"Third Watch" (1999)_ (qv).

-   (April 2005) Currently filming _Big Momma's House 2 (2006)_ (qv).


-   "Woman's Day" (USA), 1 December 2009, Vol. 73, Iss. 2, pg. 22, by: Crystal Tate, "WD Talks to...Nia Long"

-   "Essence" (USA), April 2000, Vol. 30, Iss. 12, pg. 92-94, 162-166, by: Pamela Johnson, "Girlz 'n the Hood"

-   "Evening Standard Hot Tickets" (UK), 26 November - 2 December 1999, pg. 8, "Nia Long on... The Secret Laughter of Women"


-   "Parade" (USA), 16 January 2005, pg. 22, by: James Brady, "In Step With: Nia Long"

-   "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 12 November 2004, Vol. 1, Iss. 792, pg. 94, by: Joshua Rich, ""Mama Nia""

-   "Movieline's Hollywood Life" (USA), November 2004, Vol. 15, Iss. 8, pg. 14, by: Lauren Lyster, ""Hot Mama""

-   "Black Men" (USA), October 2000, Vol. 4, Iss. 5, pg. 30-35, by: Harry White, "Most Desirable Women, The"

-   "Just for Black Men" (USA), January 1999, Vol. 3, Iss. 1, pg. 30-35, by: Anonymous, "The Top 10 Sexiest Women"


-   "Los Angeles Times Magazine" (USA), 5 September 1999, pg. 24-29, by: Hilary Johnson, "doing what comes naturally"

-   "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1994, Vol. 7, Iss. 7, pg. 34-35, by: staff, "Young, Gifted & Black: Nia Long"


-   "Black Men" (USA), October 2000, Vol. 4, Iss. 5

-   "Essence" (USA), April 2000, Vol. 30, Iss. 12

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Acting in movies

  1. Single Moms Club (2014)
  2. The Best Man 2 (2013)
  3. "House of Lies" (2012) {Man-Date (#2.3)}
  4. "House of Lies" (2012) {When Dinosaurs Ruled the Planet (#2.2)}
  5. Be Inspired: The Life of Heavy D (2012)
  6. Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie (2012)
  7. BET Awards 2011 (2011) (TV)
  8. Mooz-Lum (2011)
  9. The Enduring Significance of Boyz n the Hood (2011) (V)
  10. "Chase" (2010) {Narco: Part 2 (#1.13)}
  11. BET Awards 2010 (2010) (TV)
  12. Black Girls Rock (2010) (TV)
  13. Boston's Finest (2010) (TV)
  14. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2010-06-28)}
  15. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Buried Pleasure (#1.13)}
  16. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Field of Streams (#1.10)}
  17. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Love Rollercoaster (#1.11)}
  18. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Our Gang (#1.12)}
  19. 'Friday' Straight Up (2009) (V)
  20. Good Hair (2009)
  21. "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (2008) {Tom Arnold/Nia Long/Carni Wilson/Dee Snider (#1.4)}
  22. "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) {(2009-10-02)}
  23. "Made in Hollywood" (2005) {(#5.4)}
  24. "Moving Pictures Live!" (2009) {Good Hair/Peter and Vandy (#1.5)}
  25. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {A Brown Thanksgiving (#1.7)}
  26. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {A Cleveland Brown Christmas (#1.9)}
  27. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Birth of a Salesman (#1.4)}
  28. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Cleveland Jr. Cherry Bomb (#1.5)}
  29. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Da Doggone Daddy-Daughter Dinner Dance (#1.2)}
  30. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {From Bed to Worse (#1.8)}
  31. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Ladies' Night (#1.6)}
  32. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  33. "The Cleveland Show" (2009) {The One About Friends (#1.3)}
  34. "The Mo'Nique Show" (2009) {(2009-10-07)}
  35. "The Wendy Williams Show" (2008) {(2009-10-09)}
  36. "Up Close with Carrie Keagan" (2007) {(2009-10-08)}
  37. Gospel Hill (2008)
  38. "Big Shots" (2007) {Sex Be Not Proud (#1.10)}
  39. "Big Shots" (2007) {The Better Man (#1.9)}
  40. 38th NAACP Image Awards (2007) (TV)
  41. Glimpses of the Future: Making 'Premonition' (2007) (V)
  42. Premonition (2007/I)
  43. "Big Shots" (2007) {Car Trouble (#1.6)}
  44. "Big Shots" (2007) {Greatest Amerimart Hero (#1.5)}
  45. "Big Shots" (2007) {Pilot (#1.1)}
  46. "Big Shots" (2007) {Tall, Dark and Hairless (#1.2)}
  47. "Big Shots" (2007) {The Good, the Bad, and the Really Ugly (#1.3)}
  48. "Big Shots" (2007) {The Way We Weren't (#1.8)}
  49. "Big Shots" (2007) {Three's a Crowd (#1.4)}
  50. "Boston Legal" (2004) {Angel of Death (#3.11)}
  51. "Boston Legal" (2004) {Dumping Bella (#3.13)}
  52. "Boston Legal" (2004) {Nuts (#3.12)}
  53. "Rachael Ray" (2006) {Getting Real with Lauren Conrad (#1.134)}
  54. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.160)}
  55. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.29)}
  56. "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (2005) {(#4.52)}
  57. Big Momma's House 2 (2006)
  58. "Everwood" (2002) {Truth (#4.16)}
  59. "Last Call with Carson Daly" (2002) {(2006-02-03)}
  60. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2006-01-20)}
  61. "Martha" (2005) {(2006-01-19)}
  62. "That's What I'm Talking About" (2006) {Riches, Pitches and Britches (#1.3)}
  63. 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special (2005) (TV)
  64. 2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors (2005) (TV)
  65. BBQ Pool Party (2005) (TV)
  66. The 3rd Annual Vibe Awards (2005) (TV)
  67. The Black Movie Awards (2005) (TV)
  68. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2005-01-13)}
  69. "The Tony Danza Show" (2004) {(#1.83)}
  70. "Third Watch" (1999) {End of Tour (#6.21)}
  71. "Third Watch" (1999) {Forever Blue (#6.11)}
  72. "Third Watch" (1999) {Goodbye to Camelot (#6.22)}
  73. "Third Watch" (1999) {In the Family Way (#6.16)}
  74. "Third Watch" (1999) {Kingpin Rising (#6.17)}
  75. "Third Watch" (1999) {Revelations (#6.15)}
  76. "Third Watch" (1999) {The 'L' Word (#6.12)}
  77. "Third Watch" (1999) {The Kitchen Sink (#6.14)}
  78. "Third Watch" (1999) {The Other 'L' Word (#6.13)}
  79. "Third Watch" (1999) {Too Little, Too Late (#6.18)}
  80. "Third Watch" (1999) {Welcome Home (#6.19)}
  81. 2004 Hispanic Heritage Awards (2004) (TV)
  82. Alfie (2004)
  83. The N Word (2004)
  84. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) {(2004-01-13)}
  85. "Third Watch" (1999) {A Call for Help (#5.11)}
  86. "Third Watch" (1999) {Alone Again, Naturally (#6.2)}
  87. "Third Watch" (1999) {Black and Blue (#5.12)}
  88. "Third Watch" (1999) {Blessed and Bewildered (#5.14)}
  89. "Third Watch" (1999) {Broken (#6.8)}
  90. "Third Watch" (1999) {Family Ties: Part 1 (#5.16)}
  91. "Third Watch" (1999) {Family Ties: Part 2 (#5.17)}
  92. "Third Watch" (1999) {Greatest Detectives in the World (#6.6)}
  93. "Third Watch" (1999) {Higher Calling (#5.21)}
  94. "Third Watch" (1999) {In Plain View (#5.20)}
  95. "Third Watch" (1999) {Last Will and Testament (#6.3)}
  96. "Third Watch" (1999) {Leap of Faith (#6.7)}
  97. "Third Watch" (1999) {Monsters (#5.22)}
  98. "Third Watch" (1999) {More Monsters (#6.1)}
  99. "Third Watch" (1999) {No More, Forever (#5.15)}
  100. "Third Watch" (1999) {Obsession (#6.4)}
  101. "Third Watch" (1999) {Purgatory (#5.18)}
  102. "Third Watch" (1999) {Rat Bastard (#6.10)}
  103. "Third Watch" (1999) {Sins of the Fathers (#6.9)}
  104. "Third Watch" (1999) {Sleeping Dogs Lie (#5.13)}
  105. "Third Watch" (1999) {Spanking the Monkey (#5.19)}
  106. "Third Watch" (1999) {The Hunter, Hunted (#6.5)}
  107. Friendly Fire: Making an Urban Legend (2003) (V)
  108. How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass (2003)
  109. "Third Watch" (1999) {A Ticket Grows in Brooklyn (#5.9)}
  110. "Third Watch" (1999) {Closing In (#4.21)}
  111. "Third Watch" (1999) {Fury (#5.8)}
  112. "Third Watch" (1999) {Goodbye to All That (#5.5)}
  113. "Third Watch" (1999) {In Lieu of Johnson (#5.4)}
  114. "Third Watch" (1999) {Lockdown (#5.3)}
  115. "Third Watch" (1999) {My Opening Farewell (#5.2)}
  116. "Third Watch" (1999) {Payback (#5.7)}
  117. "Third Watch" (1999) {Surrender (#5.6)}
  118. "Third Watch" (1999) {The Spirit (#5.10)}
  119. "Third Watch" (1999) {The Truth & Other Lies (#5.1)}
  120. "America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr." (2002)
  121. Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002) (TV)
  122. "Judging Amy" (1999) {Men Aren't Monsters (#3.19)}
  123. "Judging Amy" (1999) {The Bottle Show (#3.20)}
  124. "Judging Amy" (1999) {The Extinction of the Dinosaurs (#3.14)}
  125. "Judging Amy" (1999) {Women in Cacti with a Curled Up Rat (#3.16)}
  126. 32nd NAACP Image Awards (2001) (TV)
  127. "Judging Amy" (1999) {Crime & Puzzlement (#3.11)}
  128. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV)
  129. 31st NAACP Image Awards (2000) (TV)
  130. Big Momma's House (2000)
  131. Boiler Room (2000)
  132. If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000) (TV)
  133. The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000)
  134. Held Up (1999)
  135. In Too Deep (1999)
  136. Stigmata (1999)
  137. The Best Man (1999)
  138. The Secret Laughter of Women (1999)
  139. "The Daily Show" (1996) {Nia Long (#4.28)}
  140. "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999) {(1999-08-24)}
  141. 29th NAACP Image Awards (1998) (TV)
  142. Black Jaq (1998) (TV)
  143. Butter (1998)
  144. Hav Plenty (1997)
  145. Love Jones (1997)
  146. Soul Food (1997)
  147. "ER" (1994) {Baby Shower (#2.15)}
  148. "Moesha" (1996) {A Concerted Effort: Part 1 (#2.9)}
  149. "Moesha" (1996) {A Concerted Effort: Part 2 (#2.10)}
  150. "Live Shot" (1995)
  151. Friday (1995)
  152. MTV Spring Break: Lake Havasu (1995) (TV)
  153. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {A Decent Proposal (#5.16)}
  154. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {As the Will Turns (#5.20)}
  155. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Bullets Over Bel-Air (#5.15)}
  156. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Cold Feet, Hot Body (#5.23)}
  157. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll (#5.25)}
  158. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {It's a Wonderful Lie (#5.14)}
  159. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Love in an Elevator (#5.24)}
  160. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {The Wedding Show (Psyche!) (#5.18)}
  161. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Three's a Crowd (#5.13)}
  162. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Will Is from Mars... (#5.17)}
  163. "The Jon Stewart Show" (1993) {(1995-06-09)}
  164. 26th NAACP Image Awards (1994) (TV)
  165. The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards (1994) (TV)
  166. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Love Hurts (#5.9)}
  167. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Same Game, Next Season (#5.12)}
  168. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Will Steps Out (#5.11)}
  169. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Will's Misery (#5.6)}
  170. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {Will's Up a Dirt Road (#5.10)}
  171. Made in America (1993)
  172. "Living Single" (1993) {Love Takes a Holiday (#1.13)}
  173. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
  174. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990) {She Ain't Heavy (#2.8)}
  175. Buried Alive (1990)
  176. "227" (1985) {Slam Dunked (#1.20)}
  177. "Disneyland" (1954) {The B.R.A.T. Patrol (#31.4)}
  178. "The Guiding Light" (1952)

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