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Nia Long: Let's Represent A Contemporary Relationship

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In "The Best Man Holiday," Nia Longs character, gets grief for "dating a white boy" from her old friend Harper (played by Taye Diggs).

His initial reaction, whether jokingly or not, is similar to many in real life when they learn that friends are dating outside of the race.  But the decision to have her character be involved in an interracial relationship came from Nia Long herself.

"I thought it would be nice to add a little salt to the pepper. A little cream to the coffee," Nia told MadameNoir.com on the decision to bring on Eddie Cibrian as Brian, Jordan's love interest.

"They meet because of the social worlds that they're in and it works," Nia said, framing how she and her on-screen beau came together. "When something works you don't judge it based on what package it comes in. You judge it on how it makes you feel and if it works for your life."

Nia joins Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone on Good Day L.A.

Fun Facts About Nia Long: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an American actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films In Too Deep, Boyz n the Hood, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma's House, and the sequels to the latter two films.

2) Long's acting coach was Betty Bridges, better known as the mother of Diff'rent Strokes star Todd Bridges. Her earliest role was in the Disney television movie, The B.R.A.T Patrol alongside Sean Astin, Tim Thomerson and Brian Keith. Her first notable role on television was a three-year contract role as Kathryn "Kat" Speakes on the soap opera Guiding Light. Long portrayed Kat from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 - 1995, she played Will Smith's girlfriend and fiancée Beulah "Lisa" Wilkes on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Jada Pinkett-Smith was originally supposed to play Lisa, but was too short for the role.

3) Long appears in the video for Kanye West's "Touch the Sky". She directed Yolanda Adams's music video for "This Too Shall Pass". She won a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series in 2004 for her performance on Third Watch. Long co-directed and appeared in Ashanti's music video, "Baby". She also made a guest appearance on the successful sitcom Living Single during its first season.

4) Long is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Twitter: @NiaLong
Instagram: iamnialong

 

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