KOKOnista of The Day: Talented Nia Long Is The Melanin Icon With The Flawless Smile And Every Girls Dream Big Sister

Stunning pop culture icon, Hollywood leading lady and three-time NAACP award winner Nia Long is the celebrity every black girls dream big sister for obvious reasons.

Charismatic actress who possesses equal parts beauty and talent, Nia Long became a fixture of many African-American ensemble films of the late 1990.
Nia Talita Long is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Third Watch and Empire, and the films Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Love Jones, Soul Food, In Too Deep, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House and Are We There Yet?.
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Long was two years old when her parents divorced. She accompanied her mother when she moved to Iowa City, Iowa, to study fine arts. 
Her mother moved to South Los Angeles when Long was seven years old, as she planned to marry there. She and her fiancé called off the wedding, but Talita chose to stay in Los Angeles.

Long attended the Roman Catholic school St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood, California. She was bused from South Los Angeles to Paseo Del Rey Elementary School in Playa Del Rey from 3rd grade through 6th grade. In addition to her academic classes, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, guitar, and acting. 
She graduated from Westchester High School in Los Angeles in 1989. Photo Credit: Getty

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