Style Star: Sanaa Lathan

Style Star: Sanaa Lathan

Sanaa Lathan is an unsung star of the red carpet in much the same way she’s so underrated as an actress in Hollywood. I first saw her in the HBO film Disappearing Acts as Zora Banks co-starring Wesley Snipes as Franklin. I’d read the book written by Terry McMillian and was looking forward to watching the movie, which I loved.

Sanaa (pronounced sa • nah) Lathan has starred in a long list of successful movies and television shows. She is a treasured black film actress of black movies and beyond.

  • Movies include: The Perfect Guy, Blade, Love & Basketball, The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, Alien vs. Predator, Brown Sugar, Out of Time, Contagion, The Wood, The Family That Preys and the upcoming Netflix film Nappily Ever After.
  • Television films and series include: Disappearing Acts, A Raisin in the Sun, Nip/Tuck, Shots Fired and The Affair.

Sanaa is 46 years old but seriously doesn’t look a day over 35. She is also a Style Star.

Sanaa Lathan at the Vanity Fair After Oscars Party in 2016.

Sanaa Lathan with co-stars Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut at the Hollywood Premiere of The Perfect Guy.

Pretty in Pink: Sanaa Lathan at the 2016 movie premiere of When the Bough Breaks starring her best friend, actress Regina Hall, who starred with Sanaa in Disappearing Acts in 2000.

Sanaa Lathan at the Netflix Golden Globes Party.

Sanaa Lathan at the 2009 NAACP Image Awards (l) nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie for Raisin in the Sun, which aired in 2008 on ABC/TV; and at the 2016 NAACP Image Awards (c-r) nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Movie for The Perfect Guy.

Sanaa Lathan winning and accepting her NAACP Image award for Outstanding Actress in a movie for The Perfect Guy in February 2016.

Sanaa Lathan attends the BET Awards in June 2013.

More about Sanaa Lathan:

  • She was born in New York City. Her first name means “artistry” in Swahili and “shining light” in Arabic. Her mother, Eleanor McCoy, was an actress and dancer who performed on Broadway with Eartha Kitt. Her father, Stan Lathan, worked behind the scenes in television for PBS, as well as a producer on shows such as Sanford & Son and Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam. Her brother is Tendaji Lathan, a well known DJ. She attended Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics.
  • She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English. Lathan then attended Yale University, and earned a master’s degree in drama.

In this photo shoot for Essence Magazine, Sanaa talks about her Hollywood friendships with her good friends and fellow black actresses Gabrielle Union and Nia Long.

In 2014, Sanaa talks to MadameNoire about her career, dating, wanting to play Assata Shakur in a movie and her new movie, Repentance.

In September 2017, Sanaa Lathan famously shaved off all of her hair for her role in the upcoming Netflix film, Nappily Ever After. Although her reasons for going bald were for a movie role, it still inspired me to finally cut off the relaxed ends of my hair and go completely natural!

Psst, hair grows back…

rather quickly… here is Sanaa at the W Magazine It Girls with Dior on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Sanaa’s upcoming Netflix film, Nappily Ever After, is based on the book of the same name by Trisha R. Thomas. It’s a romantic comedy about hair, race and relationships that centers on Violet Jones (Lathan). No air date has been announced but I’m looking forward to watching the movie.

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