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Nia Long to Play Professor in ‘Dear White People’

Nia Long

Justin Simien’s award-winning film Dear White People, and now a 10 episode Netflix series, gained a new cast member with film-favorite Nia Long. Long will play Neika Hobbs, an African American studies professor at Winchester University, who is described as being intelligent, confident and seemingly “has it all together,” but struggles in her personal life.

Long is no stranger to a recurring role on a series as she was previously seen in ABC’s Uncle Buck playing alongside Mike Epps, We TV’s The Divide, and Showtime’s House of Lies starring Don Cheadle. She has also made several additional TV appearances including the future release of Lifetime’s Beaches television movie, which is currently in production.

With a continuously growing cast, Long will join Antoinette Robertson, DeRon Horton, John Patrick Amedori, Marque Richardson and Ashley Blaine Featherson, as well as stars Brandon P. Bell and Logan Browning. Bell returns as Troy Fairbanks who is looking to become Winchester University’s first black student president.

The series will be based mostly off of the film, which is a compilation of experiences at a predominantly white institution by the film’s creator Justin Simien. The film dives deep into racial identity and self-reflection as each of the characters battle their own experiences at the university.

Dear White People, the series, is set to premiere in 2017, with episodes directed by the film’s creator Justin Simien and is executive produced Yvette Lee Bowser, and EBONY #FastForward Alum Stephanie Allain. Lionsgate Television will also have a hand in backing the project as they did previously with the release of the film in 2014.