Three time NAACP award winner, pop culture icon and one of the Hollywood leading ladies, Nitara Carlynn Long is composed of equal parts beauty and talent and has a portfolio, extended and impressive enough to justify the name with which she is associated, Nia which translated to purpose in Swahili.
Can one even guess by looking at her that she is 46? A clear NO. On October 30, 1970, Nia Long was born in the glamorous Brooklyn. New York to mother Talita, a teacher and a printmaker by profession, and father Doughtry Long, also a high school teacher who also happens to be a poet. Long belongs to a rich diverse descent of Trinidadian, Grenadian and Bajan and has actress and comedian, Sommore for an older half sister. At the tender age of two, Long’s parents divorced, after which she accompanied her mother to Iowa City and later to South Los Angeles when Long turned seven.
Long had Betty Bridges as her acting coach and mentor for over fifteen years. She first appeared on the small screen and the entertainment industry in general with Disney’s television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol, but her first big break was on the soap opera Guiding Light. Later she landed with Boyz n the Hood as Brandy, a role which supposedly boosted her confidence in acting. After that, she was cast as Will Smith’s girlfriend, “Lisa” on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1994-95.
In 2000 she stabbed a blunder in her career by refusing to play the role of Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels, which was later grabbed by Lucy Liu. Ever since that period, she has been doing successful films on an array with the addition of the comedy film Keanu, starring “Key and Peele” in 2016.
In 2010, Long started dating NBA basketball player cum coach Ime Udoka, and they were blessed with a healthy son, named Kez Sunday Udoka on November 7, 2011. The lucky mamma had another son whom she loves excessively. His name is Massai Zhivago Dorsey II, born on November 26, 2000, and the child is with her former husband Massai Dorsey.
Her charity works are praised by all and her undaunted support to the needy community makes her a woman of extreme values. She dedicates her time to the lovely Sterling Children’s Home in Barbados and plays the role of a motivational speaker for those innocent souls. This beautiful lady also supports People for Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Education: Long attended the conservative Roman- Catholic school, St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, California and later attended the Paseo Del Ray Elementary School in Playa Del Rey from 3rd through 6th grade. She complimented her academics by studying ballet, tap, jazz gymnastics, guitar and acting; an overwhelming amount of schooling and skills to be possessed by any individual. Later in 1989, she graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles. She is a paradigm of immense talent and this lady had proved it always.
Nia Long Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $15 Million US Dollars
Nia Long has an estimated net worth of around $15 million US dollars as of 2017, a staggering amount of fortune for anyone in the industry. The fame she has earned over the years helped her to build an empire of her own. Being associated with the top people in the industry and after playing roles in many successful series, Nia earned millions from the shows. She also has starred in several movies and some of her earnings from such projects are listed below:
• The Best Man Holiday: $1.1 million
• The Best Man Wedding : $0.9 million
• Boston’s Finest : $0.75 million
• Mooz-Lum : $0.7 million
• Spy : $0.6 million
Nia Long Assets:
Fulfilling the dreams and living her life King Size, Nia is blessed with all. Nia Long currently resides at her luxurious Los Angeles property which used to be home to actor Giovanni Ribisi. The actress bought this house in April of 2003; the property spans over a generous 2800 square feet with three bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Like herself Long prefers a car which oozes elegance and reliability and she found that in her Range Rover Evoque SUV which cost around $35,000.
Nia Long Business:
Nia Long adds to her gargantuan fortune by signing amazing contracts for movies, television series and some impressive brand endorsements. She became the first black woman to be named brand ambassador for Elizabeth new fragrance variant entitled White Diamonds Lustre. She has also endorsed the famous hair care product line for the black and African-American community, Dark and Lovely.
Throughout her career since 1990, Long has never been off the screen and has bagged one role after another making each project a stepping stone towards greater success. She has been one of the favourites of the directions and it is all because of her talent. She perfectly executed every role that she was presented with. Some of her films are listed below:
• Buried Alive (1990)
• Boyz n the Hood (1991)
• Made in America (1993)
• Soul Food (1997)
• The Best Man (1999)
• Big Momma’s House (2000)
• The N-Word (2003)
• Are We There Yet? (2005)
• Keanu (2016)
Some of her successful television projects include:
• Guiding Light
• The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
• Judging Army
• Third Watch
• Boston Legal
• The Cleveland Show
• House of Lies
• Dear White People
She has all the charm and elegance, Nia Long is still loved by millions of audiences. Nia Long is currently the part of season three of Empire (TV Series). The 46 year old star is still going strong in her career. She was also a part of the Netflix Series, “Dear White People”. She is not that active in social media but the media always manages to update the fans with her latest news. The star was looking amazing in the ABFF Honors shiny gold carpet.
The divine beauty is unforgettable. She has given us lovely films and TV series and still continuing to create the best for her beloved audiences. One cannot erase her contribution from the world of Hollywood.