Also in 2000, she lent her acting talents under the direction of her brother, Tendaji Lathan, in his award-winning film short, The Smoker (2000).

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Sanaa Lathan, pronounced Sa-NAA, "like Sinatra without the tra", was born on September 19, 1971, in New York, as her actress mother Eleanor Mc Coy performed on Broadway with the likes of Eartha Kitt, and her director father Stan Lathan worked behind the scenes in television for PBS.

She was exposed to the life of entertainment and stars at a very early age, which had a profound impact upon her life.

Again Sanaa won Best Actress for her role in Love & Basketball (2000).

Loved, admired and supported by her family, friends, fellow actors and fans, in addition to possessing that natural beauty, intelligence and gifted talent, Sanaa has the potential to sail over and above the ranks of other prominent stars.

Sanaa again nailed the role, gaining 20 extra pounds to better depict the character of the book.

Sanaa has also begun to extend herself in the business by co-producing a yet-to-be-released movie with Queen Latifah.

Desiring to live in New York near her mom, she began her career performing in off-Broadway productions, such as "Por' Knockers" and "A Movie Star Has to Be Born in Black and White".

After seeing her perform in a number of productions and realizing her skill and ambitions, her father counseled and encouraged her to move to California, to get into the hot-bed of action that Hollywood could provide her in the business.

She played the career eclectic yet strong girlfriend ("Robin") role, opposite her fellow The Wood (1999) costar, Taye Diggs.