Nia Long Welcomes Son Kez Sunday

11/10/2011 at 09:00 AM ET
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Nia Long is a mom again!

The actress, 41, and Ime Udoka welcomed son Kez Sunday on Monday, Nov. 7, her rep confirms to the Associated Press.

“Both mother and child are healthy and happy to be home,” spokeswoman Priscilla Moralez says.

The Soul Food and Love Jones star also has a 10-year-old son, Massai, from a previous marriage.

Long and Udoka, a professional basketball player, announced the pregnancy in June.

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librababe on

i just saw a pic of her today, and i was like, “wow it seems like she’s been pregnant forever!” …granted, the pic was taken on friday or saturday…anyway, yay! everyone’s healthy and happy, that’s cool. congratulations 🙂

gimma a break on

Congrats Nia on your newest family member!

Sam & Freya’s Mum on

Congrats on the safe arrival on her lad. Unusual name but kinda like it!

confidential on

She’s just stunning in that pic and always. Congrats to her family.

jy on

Can her skin be anymore beautiful. Gorgeous! congrats, Nia!

Tee on

I was just thinking about Nia yesterday! Congratulations on the birth of your son! I’m sure he is quite lovely!

sweetness on

Nia is A beautyfull and even his body he is going 2 be beautifuller

Mac on

I’ve been a fan of Nia Long for several years. Its great to see her grow as an actress and as a mother. Congrats on the new addition 🙂

Jordan 1 on

about time she dropped the little one! I was ready for him to come out. Congrats NIA

Suzie on

Yay congrats!!

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Shannon on

Congratulations to Nia, Ime and Massai!

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abby on

i think she looks beautiful in that picture! congrats!

Diane on

Congrats my birthday sister wish you all the best, and I hope you and Mr Tate do another movie together.

Mary on

Beautiful photo of her! Congrats!

Soco on

I wish her and her family congratulations but did she really name her child Kez? That is NOT a name!!

lo on

congrats! shes such a beautiful person and a great actress!!!!

kjc on

I like the name. Not sure what it means, but I’m sure it means something. Sounds ethnic to match Ime. I don’t know about Sunday for a boy though. …sounds feminine, might be because of Sunday Kidman though.

Mia on

Why “Sunday”-when he was born Monday?

Irene on

There’s obviously ethnic background to it but we have to wait till she tells. In my native Kenya, Maasai is a group of people – an ethnic group – who are actually quite popular with tourists for their eccentric look. In Swahili, we shorten the name Kezia to Kez however Kez is a girl’s name so couldn’t be what she was after. Her boyfriend is Ghanaian so they may have their own meaning behind the word Kez. Anyway, a rose is still a rose… Congrats!

Nella on

Congrats! The little guy was born on my bday!! The name is cute,very unique. I like that her and hey boyfriend and now their son all have three letter names!

Mrs RKB on

Congrats!! Sunday is Ime’s middle name.

ken on

congrats!!!!! she is so beautiful!!

Dee on

I’ve always admired her, she is talented and definitely underrated as an actress and she is beautiful 🙂

Congrats Nia, cant wait to see your baby boy. You make me proud to be a woman of colour 🙂

m on

@soco Kez is a name. It’s her son’s name. Her son whose father is African. Just because it’s not a “common” American name doesn’t mean it’s a bad name.

Jillian on

I do love when children are named after family. This is a wonderful tribute to the babies paternal grandfather, who passed away five yes ago this month. Now baby, daddy and aunt all share the middle name.

amy on

She is stunning! Congrats to her & Ime, and I am sure Kez is an absolute cutie.

La'Stasi on

congrats nia i am so happy for you and your bundle of joy.

NOZ on

congrats Nia ,may you be richly blessed & enjoy you bundle of joy

amos on

be blessed

Au on

Kez might be short for something in Igbo. From her husband’s name, particularly the last name, I can tell that his family (or at least his father) is Igbo, one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Maybe Nia started labor on a Sunday? That would dovetail with another Nigerian habit – a lot of our English names are less-common pronouns or nouns.

Days of the week is an example: Sunday, Monday are the most common, and names like God’s-will, Goodhouse (Uloma), Valentine, Peace, Success, etc. And sometimes, really esoteric ones like Romanus and Polycarp…which is why I don’t mind that my parents never gave me an English name. Guess it’s just strange depending on your background!

Jillian on

Au, ime’s fathers middle name is Sunday.

linda on

CONRATULATIONS from one Nigerian to another.

FC on

Aw, congrats to Nia and Ime–and big brother, Massai– on welcoming Kez Sunday. I like his name. It caught me off-guard a bit, but it’s cute. Hope to see the little bundle sometime.

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rivers on

She’s glowing from head to toe.