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Actress Tika Sumpter was born Euphemia L. Sumpter on June 20, 1980 in Queens, NY. Sumpter was the first African-American cheerleader at her high school, Longwood Senior High, and she was the president of her class for three years. Sumpter's mother worked as a corrections officer at Rikers Island prison, and Tika learned strength and perseverance through her example. Sumpter graduated from Marymount Manhattan College with a major in communications. She then modeled and did commercials for Hewlett-Packard, and Liz Claiborne. Sumpter's breakthrough as an actress came in 2006 when she won the role of Layla Williamson on "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968 - 2012). Sumpter had just quit her job as a waitress because it was making her unhappy, then two days later she got her role as Layla, which she played for six years. Then Sumpter went on to "Gossip Girl" (The CW 2007-2012) where she played Raina Thorpe. She began breaking onto the big screen with "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming" (2010), and "Salt" (2010), starring Angelina Jolie. Sumpter also starred in the remake of "Sparkle" (2012), "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas" (2013), and the comedy "Ride Along" (2014), starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart before co-starring as Michelle Robinson in the romantic comedy-drama .Southside With You" (2016), depicting Robinson's first date with an idealistic young lawyer named Barack Obama.
As an accomplished actor and producer, Tika Sumpter has established herself as one of Hollywood's rising talents. She most recently starred in David Lowery's The Old Man & The Gun, opposite Robert Redford, Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek; Tyler Perry's Nobody's Fool, opposite Tiffany Haddish; and the independent feature An Acceptable Loss, opposite Jamie Lee Curtis.
Tika Sumpter was born in New York and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College. Sumpter began her career as model, before she landed the role of "Layla Williamson" in ABC's daytime soap opera, One Life to Live (1968) (2005-2010, 2011). After she left the soap, Sumpter won a recurring role in the CW series, Gossip Girl (2007), and appeared in the BET sitcom, The Game (2006). After supporting roles in the films, Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming (2010), Salt (2010), What's Your Number? (2011) and Think Like a Man (2012), she was cast alongside Jordin Sparks Thomas and Whitney Houston in the 2012 musical film, Sparkle (2012). In 2013, she was cast as vixen "Candace Young" in the OWN drama series, The Haves and the Have Nots (2013).
Actress Tika Sumpter is one of those actresses who has taken Hollywood by storm on her terms. She’s been a star on Tyler Perry’s “Have And The Have Nots”, Ice Cube’s “Ride Along” and “Ride Along 2”, as well as playing the First Lady Michelle Obama in an upcoming feature film, “Southside.”
Actress Tika Sumpter recently had some advice for black women who have white partners.“Dear Black interracial couples with a significant other who is White (raises hand),” Sumpter tweeted. “We DO NOT need to protect them. I promise, they will be A. OK. They need to continue to fight for us. If they get offended when you talk about racists. You have a bigger problem on your hands.”