Having appeared in classic movies such as Friday, Love Jones and Soul Food, as well as starting as Lisa in the hit 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, it is safe to say that Nia Long has established herself as a seasoned veteran in film and television.

She began her career in 1986 with a small role in the show 227; but it wasn’t until 1990 that she would be cast in her first film. As soon as the world got a glimpse of the California-raised beauty, audiences were hooked.

Throughout the years, she has provided viewers with plenty of scene-stealing moments. Below are 11 times this 2022 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood honoree made the culture proud on screen.

The 2022 ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Awards is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Ford, Disney’s Onyx Collective, SmartWater and Warner Brothers Television Group.