There are some entertainers that simply eclipse Black excellence, and Nia Long is the perfect example. For more than three decades, the actor has treated us to nearly three dozen roles that are instant classics, thanks to her charm, beauty and talent. At 51, she remains not only an it-girl but an influence for up-and-coming thespians hoping to have the same career longevity as the former Third Watch star.

However, Long is more than just the leading lady in our favorite films. Scroll on for several interesting details we found about the philanthropist, including what she thinks about being referenced in a J. Cole song.