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Nia  Long

Nia Long

Actress

Biography

An exceptional actress and devoted philanthropist, Nia Long’s film and television career spans over genre and audience. This success has afforded her the opportunity to give back to the communities that have long appreciated her work. 

Long was last seen in Gospel Hill opposite Angela Bassett and Danny Glover. Prior to that, Long starred in Are We Done Yet? opposite Ice Cube, the sequel to the 2005 box office hit Are We There Yet?, which grossed over $84 million at the box office.  Long also starred in Premonition, opposite Sandra Bullock. Read More >

Long’s other film credits include: Big Momma’s House and Big Momma’s House 2 opposite Martin Lawrence; the former, having surpassed the $75-million mark at the box office, 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 to her list of starring roles Alfie, opposite Jude Law, Mario Van Peebles’ critically acclaimed film, Baadasssss!, Boiler Room, The Best Man, The Broken Hearts Club, In Too Deep, Held Up, Stigmata, Soul Food, Made in America, Friday, Boyz in the Hood, and Love Jones, which won the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance. 

In addition to her success in film, Long has also advanced on the small screen. Long recently starred in the ABC dramas Big Shots and Boston Legal and was also seen on NBC’s drama Third Watch.  Long’s performance on Third Watch garnered her 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, Judging Amy, If These Walls Could Talk 2, ER, and Everwood. She made her directorial debut in 2004, directing music videos for Ashanti and Yolanda Adams.

In tandem with her evolving career, Long also serves her community. Most recently, she was honored at an event entitled “The Essence of Being Extraordinary,” hosted by the HerShe Group; a nonprofit 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.

Long will appear next in Good Hair, Chris Rock’s documentary that examines the culture of African American hair and its impact on the black community. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Guidelines for Health & Fitness

According to Long, health and fitness is about having a balanced life inside and out. In this motivating and informative keynote speech, Long will discuss this as it relates to time management, homeopathic approaches to medicine, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Women’s Empowerment

A discussion about building personal wealth, diversifying your portfolio, preparing for the future, and balancing motherhood and career.

Giving Back to the Community

A discussion about Long's road to success. She will discuss the story of growing up in Brooklyn and South Central Los Angeles while being raised by a single mother. This keynote presentation will also cover the importance of education, sex education, and creating a five-year plan. Read More >

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