For decades Sommore has owned the comedy mic and Nia Long has been a legend in Black Hollywood. So why did two women, dominant in their field hide their familial relationship for so long?
The source of their broken relationship still hasn’t been made public, according to I Love Old School. But Sommore did say the two share a father but “aren’t necessarily sisters.”
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Perhaps it was the relationship between their father and each of their mothers that severed the relationship. Sommore did admit that the two were not raised in the same home, and so perhaps that sisterly bond we’re used to seeing from Tia and Tamera, Beyonce and Solange or Serena and Venus – just wasn’t possible for these two.
Nia’s never spoken publicly to media about her sister but back in 2016, Sommore spoke with radio personality Divine Martino in an exclusive interview.
“That’s something I never talked about in the beginning,” Sommore revealed. “Because I didn’t want it to be a crutch. I didn’t want it to be an accolade of mine.”
The two women have clearly excelled in their respective fields, which pushed Martino to ask about the creative excellence in the family. “My dad is proud,” Sommore said.
Their father is also creative in his own right says ILOS: Doughtry “Doc” Long is an accomplished poet and author of “Timbuktu Blues” and “Rules for Cool.” Doc was also a longtime teacher of literature and creative writing at Trenton Central in New Jersey.
When Martino asked if she and sister Nia were close, Sommore was honest and took the opportunity to throw in a joke, “We speak from time to time. But I won’t be babysitting her kids,” she laughed.
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The above interview isn’t the first time the comedy legend spoke and joked about her famous sister
In 2008, Sommore sat down with Smokey Fontaine for The Urban Daily. She laughed about what it’s like to have Nia Long as a sibling and if she’d ever taken someone Nia had her eye on.
TUD: Your half-sister, Nia Long, also is a problem [laughs]. Growing up, have you ever taken someone that she had a “love jones” for?
Sommore: No. Most men that I run into already have a crush on Nia. You don’t know how many men offer, “Please can I come to the family reunion, please…?”
Written By: Michae’ Baisden
Source: I Love Old School, YouTube, Divine Martino