Nia Long Joins “Dear White People” Series
Nia Long is taking her talents to Netflix. The actress has joined the new TV series in a recurring role, according to a new report.
Dear White People is satirical series based on the 2014 film of the same name. Justin Simien will return to write and direct several episodes of the series. Ten 30-minute episodes have been ordered by Netflix, with an expected premiere date of 2017.
The series centers on a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is a send-up of “post-racial” America that also touches on a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
Long will play Neika Hobbs, a Winchester University African-American studies professor who is whip-smart and confident but whose pulled-together professional life contrasts a more complicated personal one.
Long 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, Friday, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, Are We There Yet? and the sequels to the latter three films.