- 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.
- Djamila Long — Half Sister
- Massai Dorsey — Ex-fiancé
- Doughtry Long — Father
- Massai Zhivago Dorsey II — Son
- Chris Webber — Ex-significant Other
- Ime Udoka — Fiancé
- Talita Long — Mother
- Kez Sunday Udoka — Son
- Attended Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, California, United States