Nia Long is set to tell her story with her forthcoming memoir, to be published by 13a, an imprint of Gallery Books. The book will delve into Long’s remarkable career, her experiences as a mother, and her activism, while offering a candid account of her life and personal reflections.
Expressing her excitement, Long told Essence, “I am thrilled to have found a home for my memoir at Gallery and 13a. My steps to finding divine purpose have been thoughtful and intentional. For better or worse, you will find truth and transparency in the storytelling, sprinkled with ’90s nostalgia.”
Having made a significant impact in the entertainment industry since her breakthrough in the early 1990s, Long has become an indelible figure. She is highly regarded by her peers and remains a prominent voice in discussions about the challenges faced by Black actresses. Long has used her platform to advocate for gender pay equity, inclusivity, and to break down barriers entrenched in an industry plagued by racism, sexism, and ageism. Her memoir promises to shed light on her journey as one of cinema’s most resilient and relatable stars.
A four-time NAACP Award winner, Long is renowned for her unwavering work ethic and memorable roles across film and television. From “Friday” and “Soul Food” to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Empire,” and “Dear White People,” she has consistently delivered captivating performances. In addition to her acting career, Long recently made a notable appearance on Janelle Monáe’s critically acclaimed album, “The Age of Pleasure.”
Charles Suitt, Publisher of 13a, expressed his anticipation for Long’s memoir, remarking, “Nia Long’s life has unfolded on screen, right before our eyes, from ‘Boyz n the Hood’ to ‘Love Jones’ and beyond. Yet there is just something so relatable about her. She is a trailblazer who is all about action. We are looking forward to her telling her truth, as only Nia can.”
13a, named after the amendment that abolished slavery, focuses on publishing leading Black voices in various fields, including sports, entertainment, and lifestyle. The imprint falls under the umbrella of Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, a globally recognized leader in general interest publishing.
Long’s memoir, set to be released in the near future, promises an intimate and captivating account of her life and the experiences that have shaped her into the influential figure she is today.
This news was exclusively released by Essence first.
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