Nia Long

Nia Long

Long in 2011, photo by kathclick/

Birth Name: Nia Talita Long

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 30, 1970

Ethnicity: African-Trinidadian, African-Grenadian, African-Barbadian, African-American

Nia Long is an American actress. Her roles include the films Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones, Soul Food, The Best Man franchise, and Big Momma’s House, and the shows The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch.

She is the daughter of Talita and Doughtry Long. Her parents were/are both black. Her mother is of Trinidadian, Grenadian, and Barbadian ancestry. Her father was born in Atlanta, and was of either Caribbean or African-American descent.

Nia has a son with her former partner Massai Dorsey; and a son with her fiancé, professional baseball player and coach Ime Udoka.

Nia’s paternal grandfather was named Doughtry Long.

Nia’s paternal grandmother was named Jessie Wooden.

Nia’s maternal grandfather is Clyde Vernon Gillman (the son of Cyril Graham Gillman and Fezon Adina Harewood). Clyde was born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Nia’s maternal grandmother is Pearl Miriam Gittens (the daughter of George Benjamin Gittens and Verona Rhoda Sayers). Pearl was born in Grenada, to a father from Saint Vincent (part of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines), and to a mother from Barbados; Pearl was raised in Port of Spain, also in Trinidad and Tobago.

Source: Obituary of Nia’s father –


Curious about ethnicity

102 Responses

  1. muricansareallmutts says:


  2. transemacabre says:

    Her father’s obituary:

    Her paternal grandparents were Doughtry Long (Sr) and Jessie Wooden.

  3. crunty says:

    She is positively glowing.

  4. xoxo says:

    There’s some Asians living in the Caribbean, I wouldn’t be surprised if she was partially Asian. Her eyes look a bit Asian.

    • midori29 says:

      You do realize that there are 100 percent Africans with so called ” Asian Eyes” with the epilcathic fold. These eyes occur naturally among millions of Africans. You dont have to be part Asian. Alot of Nigerian, Ghanian, and South Africans have these eyes.

  5. Multiethnicchick says:

    They never have euro as prefix for anything because apparently euro is the default for everything around the world. Ridiculous

    • Surreal says:

      It isn’t, but you usually see Afro in front of Latin American countries and countries in the Caribbean. These countries are highly mixed. You get people who are not half or more of any race of are made up of three races equally, some people have four. So when they put Afro- in front that’s just to be specific that it’s a Trinidadian, but one that’s predominately of African descent (because you have some who are predominately Indian, predominately European, predominantly East Asian, etc. even if they are mixed with other things, they still may have the one race they are more of than others).

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