Nia Talita Long is a cult icon with roles in some of the most iconic movies and TV shows made in the 1990s and 2000s. This led to her becoming a hip-hop muse, with rappers like A$AP Ferg, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, Dave East, Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z and Meek Mill are dreaming of fucking her. And she also landed the TV Fresh Prince, making her a legend in the game. Check out these highlights from the inspiring filmography of Nia Long.
10. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Long plays Brandi, the devout Catholic girlfriend of Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.), and they’re both growing up in the slums of Crenshaw involved in gang-banging. It’s the first time mass American audiences got a good look at her.
9. Are We There Yet? (2005)/Are We Done Yet? (2007)
Smooth-talking bachelor Nick Persons (Ice Cube) is in love with divorced single mother Suzanne Kingston (Long) in this hilarious road trip comedy that spawned a franchise.
8. Empire (2017)
Long joins the cast of Empire as Giuliana Green, Cookie’s (Taraji P. Henson) nemesis and a love interest for Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard).
7. Third Watch (2003-2005)
Long plays one of the NYPD officers followed in the last few seasons of this crime drama.
6. Soul Food (1997)
When Big Mama Joseph falls into a coma during an amputation surgery, her children (including Long, Vanessa L. Williams, and Vivica A. Fox) start to fall apart.
5. Friday (1995)
Long plays the hot neighbor of Craig (Ice-T), who already has an insane girlfriend. But when neighborhood bully Deebo (Tiny Lister, Jr.) beats up her sister and Craigs beats up Deebo, things heat up between the two.
4. Boiler Room (2000)
Long is the love interest of Seth (Giovanni Ribisi), a high-flying investment trader who works for a fly-by-night pump-and-dump scheme firm.
3. Big Momma’s House (2000)/Big Momma’s House 2 (2006)
Martin Lawrence is an FBI agent going undercover as Big Momma, and Long is her granddaughter who will soon be falling in love with him.
2. The Best Man (1999)/The Best Man Holiday (2013)
Taye Diggs is an author whose book about his friends’ love lives falls into the hands of his old flame Jordan (Long). Things soon get complicated enough to warrant a sequel 20 years later.
1. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1994-1995)
Lisa Wilkes (Long) is the woman who lands perennial bachelor Will Smith, and their romance is one of the cutest ever in TV history.