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Since making her film debut in John Singleton's Oscar nominated film, "BOYZ IN
THE HOOD," NIA LONG continues to cultivate a versatile resume
in both film and television.
In film, Long will next be seen in George Nolfi's "THE BANKER," opposite Samuel
L. Jackson and Nicholas Hoult, which follows the story of one of the first
African American bankers in the U.S. She will also be seen in Johannes Roberts'
"47 METERS DOWN." Long starred in the Netflix feature "ROXANNE, ROXANNE" from
the producers of "DOPE" and "FRUITVALE STATION." The film follows the life of
Roxanne Shante and her incredible journey as the baddest battle rapper in the
80s on the East Coast. Long plays Mr. Peggy Gooden, Roxanne's abusive and
alcoholic mother who inspired the rapper's complex journey. This role was a dark
turn for Long and the film screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival with
Long joined the cast of CBS television series "NCIS: LA" in its 9th season. She
played Shay Mosely, the team's new executive assistant director and experienced
Washington insider who brings an East Coast style and demeanor to the West Coast
Long starred in the drama-romance "LIFE IN A YEAR," opposite Cara Delevigne,
Jaden Smith, Cuba Gooding Jr, and Chris D'Elia. The film was directed by Mitja
Okorn and follows 17-year-old Daryn who finds out that his girlfriend is dying.
He sets out to give her an entire life in the last year she has left.
Additionally, Long can be seen in Magnolia Pictures comedy-drama, "LEMON," which
had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows an
actor's unraveling career and life after he is left by his blind girlfriend and
is made to feel like a disappointment by his family.
No stranger to box office success, Long has been a part of three successful film
franchises including the "THE BEST MAN" for which she earned an NAACP Image
Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture," and the 2013 follow-up "THE
BEST MAN HOLIDAY," which earned critical and commercial success. Martin
Lawrence's "BIG MAMA'S HOUSE" 1 and 2 collectively earned over $300 million and
earned Long an NAACP Image Award nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a
Motion Picture." Additionally, Long co-starred in the Ice Cube family comedies,
"ARE WE THERE YET?" and "ARE WE DONE YET?" which spawned the Tyler Perry comedy
series, "ARE WE THERE YET?" In 2016 Long starred in Keegan Michael Key and
Jordan Peele's New Line feature comedy, "KEANU." She also starred in "THE SINGLE
MOM'S CLUB" in which she co-starred with her son, Massai. Additional film roles
include "FRIDAY," opposite Ice Cube and Chris Tucker, "MADE IN AMERICA,"
opposite Whoopi Goldberg, "LOVE JONES," which won the Audience Award at Sundance
and earned Long an NAACP Image Award nomination for "Outstanding Lead Actress in
a Motion Picture," "SOUL FOOD," "STIGMATA," "THE SECRET LAUGHTER OF WOMEN,"
opposite Colin Firth, "ALFIE," opposite Jude Law and "PREMONITION," opposite
Long was also the lead of the ABC comedy, "UNCLE BUCK," based on the classic
John Hughes film. She first caught the attention of audiences as Will Smith's
love interest on NBC's "THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR," which garnered her first
NAACP Image Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series."
Long co-starred alongside Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Stone and Ellen DeGeneres in
the Emmy Nominated HBO telefilm, "IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK 2." The performance
earned Long an NAACP Image Award Nomination for "Best Actress in a Television
Movie." Her portrayal of 'Officer Sasha Monroe' on NBC's "THIRD WATCH" earned
her two NAACP Image Awards for "Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series."
Additional television credits include recurring roles on "JUDGING AMY" and
"BOSTON LEGAL." Long also starred in the political thriller "THE DIVIDE," which
was directed byTony Goldwyn and and written by Richard LaGravenese. She appeared
on Showtime's "HOSUE OF LIES," which earned Long an NAACP Image Award Nomination
for "Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series."
Behind the camera, the actress made her directorial debut on Ashanti's music
video "Baby," the third single from her platinum selling debut album, Ashanti.
Additionally, Long directed the music video for platinum selling Gospel artist
Yolanda Adams' single "This Too Shall Pass" from the #1 selling gospel album,
Day By Day.
In addition to her film and television work, Long's passion lies in supporting
her community. With her family roots in Trinidad, she aims to be the liaison
between the youth in the United States and on the island of Trinidad. In 2013,
Long was a vocal proponent to the Barack Obama reelection campaign and has
remained active in supporting women's rights, education and affordable
healthcare. She is currently the ambassador for the United Nations Foundation's
Nothing But Nets Program, a global grassroots campaign to save lives by
preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in sub-Saharan Africa. Long and
her son Massai travelled to Tanzania in the summer of 2017 to raise awareness
for the cause and to donate bed nets to the refugee camps.
A Brooklyn native, Long resides in Los Angeles with her two sons and fiancee Ime
Udoka, assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.
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