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Nia Long

Actress Nia Long was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 30, 1970 and raised by single mother Talita. She and her mom relocated to Iowa City, IA when Long was four-years-old for her mother to earn her Master’s Degree from University of Iowa. They moved to South Central Los Angeles four years later, where her mom hustled to make ends meet by working as a city bus driver, selling bear at the L.A. Coliseum, and teaching art part-time in public schools and a prison. At age 16, Long discovered her half-sister, Djamila, who her father had with another woman, was actually her classmate. Long graduated Westchester High in 1989 and attended college for two years. Long landed a role in “Boyz N the Hood” in 1990 and her career took off from there. She returned to New York City for a three year gig on the soap opera “Guiding Light,” allowing her to reconnect with her father, Doughtry Long, a poet and high school English teacher. She’s also appeared in the films “Love Jones” and “Big Momma’s House 2” and the TV series “Empire” and “Third Watch” and so many more. Long played Will Smith’s love interest on the 1994-1995 season of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Long has earned multiple NAACP Image Award nominations and wins for her on-screen performances. She also has a career as a music video director. Long has been engaged to fiancé Ime Udoka, an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs NBA team, since May 2015. The couple has one son together, Kez. Long has an older son, Massai, from a previous relationship. She is of Trinidadian heritage.

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Nia Long Loves Taraji P. Henson but HATES This Meter Man! (VIDEO)

Nia Long
I Love Taraji, But ... I Hate This Meter Man!

Seconds after Nia Long insisted she has NO beef with Taraji P. Henson, some fresh beef was served up ... on the windshield of her Porsche. Nia was out in Bev Hills Tuesday with a… READ MORE >

Eva Longoria Loves Fellow Empire Star Nia Long! (VIDEO)

Eva Longoria
Loves Fellow Empire Star Nia Long!!!

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- 121 days ago
Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long's Beef Started with Bloody Joke

Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long
Beef Started with Bloody Joke

Taraji P. Henson jokingly asked Nia Long if she was on her period after she went nuts on a fellow cast member ... and that's what set off their raging feud on the set of "Empire."… READ MORE >

- 122 days ago
Nia Long -- 'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint, Nia Threatened Suit

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'Empire' Hair and Makeup Lodged Complaint Nia Threatened Suit

Nia Long was such a nightmare on the set of "Empire" ... the hair and makeup folks lodged an official complaint against her, and Nia also threatened to sue the show over an improper goodbye ...… READ MORE >

- 123 days ago
Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long at War on 'Empire' Set

Taraji P. Henson, Nia Long
At War on 'Empire' Set

Taraji P. Henson and Nia Long were at each other's throats on the set of "Empire" in such a big way ... producers almost had to shoot the scenes they were in together ... separately. Multiple… READ MORE >

- 123 days ago
Nia Long -- I Love My NBA Fiance So Much ... I Want Him To Lose

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I Love My NBA Fiance So Much ... I Want Him To Lose

Nia Long might NEVER want the San Antonio Spurs to win another ring ... telling TMZ Sports she sometimes roots for her fiance's team to lose in the postseason ... so he can come home. Nia's… READ MORE >

- 779 days ago
Deontay Wilder -- I Wanna Bang Nia Long ... On Camera!

Deontay Wilder
I Wanna Bang Nia Long ... On Camera!

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- 815 days ago
Kid Actors In Hollywood -- America Rules! We're Pulling Down $3K/Week

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America Rules! We're Pulling Down $3K/Week

We've just seen the salaries for two young actors in Hollywood -- one 6 and one 13 -- and you better grab a cold one ... 'cuz it might ruin your 4th of July barbecue.One of the actors is Nia… READ MORE >

- 1116 days ago
Nia Long vs. Meagan Good: Who'd You Rather?

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- 2518 days ago
Nia vs. Ivanka: Who'd You Rather?

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Who'd You Rather?

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