The evening–which served as the fifth consecutive year that LEXUS and UPTOWN collaborated to honor Hollywood’s best and brightest–took place in Hollywood at LURE and featured the all–new 2016 Lexus RX, the first-ever GS F, and the aggressively styled RC F vehicles. It was indeed a spirited walk down memory lane for the Brooklyn, New York native, with close friends and colleagues Regina Hall, Bill Bellamy, Vivica A. Fox, John Singleton, Malcolm D. Lee, Daphne Wayans and Korin Huggins sharing stories of working with the fiery personality that is Nia Long.
“She was a lot to deal with,” recalled Singleton, who directed Long in “Boyz N The Hood.” “But that’s why we loved her. She was never afraid to speak her mind and be sure that she, and all of her co-stars, were treated properly.”
A special treat for all in attendance was provided when Nia’s “Love Jones” co-star Larenz Tate made an unannounced appearance, reciting the poem “Brotha To The Night” after some prodding from Bellamy and host Chris Spencer.
Long, dressed in pink, was all smiles as she took the stage and acknowledged that her personality could be a bit much at times, but that it was all done in love. “I was taught to ask for what you wanted and to stand for what you believe in,” acknowledging both her mother and former teacher as major influences and supporters of her career. “I won’t apologize for that, but I will say that it was done to ensure that what I was giving was my best.”