“You would never expect a black woman to be the hero”, words spoken by the gorgeous, beautifully talented, award-winning actress known as Sanaa Lathan who continues to heat up screens and stages across the planet. However, for many of us, Sanaa has consistently been our hero championing issues no only related to the black women but women in general, often portraying characters of inspiration and aspiration. Her natural beauty, and intelligence are a force of nature, which has shaken up the film industry.
Sanaa McCoy Lathan was born on September 17, 1971 in New York City. Both of her parents are apart of the entertainment business. Her father, Stan Lathan is a television show producer, writer, and director for shows such as Sanford & Sons, Def Comedy Jam, and The Real Husbands of Hollywood. Her mother, Elanor McCoy, is an actress and a dancer who performed on broadway with Eartha Kitt and traveled with Alvin Ailey. As Sanaa puts it, “I grew up in the business.”