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Fast Facts

  • Her name, Nia, comes from the fifth day of Kwanzaa and represents "life purpose."
  • Was coached in acting for 15 years by Betty Bridges, mother of Todd Bridges.
  • Began her career with an uncredited appearance in a 1986 episode of the sitcom 227.
  • Won back-to-back Image Awards for her role in Third Watch (2004 and 2005).
  • Received the first Essence of Being Extraordinary Award from the charity HerShe Group, which gives assistance to girls in foster care as they transition into adulthood.
  • Posed naked for a PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) ad in 2009.


  • Ime Udoka — Fiancé
  • Massai Zhivago Dorsey II — Son
  • Talita Long — Mother
  • Kez Sunday Udoka — Son
  • Massai Dorsey — Ex-fiancé
  • Djamila Long — Half Sister
  • Doughtry Long — Father
  • Chris Webber — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, United States

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  • Birth Name: Nitara Carlynn Long
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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