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Nia Long to Play a Professor in Netflix Series ‘Dear White People’

Actress Nia Long arrives at the Disney/ABC 2016 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California.
Actress Nia Long arrives at the Disney/ABC 2016 Winter TCA Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

*Nia Long is the latest to join the cast of “Dear White People,” the upcoming Netflix series based on the 2014 film.

The Lionsgate-produced show revolves around 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.

Long will recur as Neika Hobbs, an African-American studies professor at Winchester University with a whip-smart intellect and unflappable confidence whose pulled-together professional life contrasts a more complicated personal one.

The actress was last seen opposite Mike Epps in the ABC series “Uncle Buck” and appeared in the feature film “Keanu.” Other recent TV credits include “The Divide” and “House of Lies.”

Up next for Long are Lifetime’s telefilm remake of “Beaches,” and the feature “Roxanne, Roxanne.”

Justin Simien, who made his feature directing debut on the “Dear White People” movie, will write the series and direct several episodes, according to Deadline.com.

Yvette Lee Bowser will executive produce alongside Stephanie Allain and Julia Lebedev.

The 10-episode series goes into production this month for a 2017 premiere.

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