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Nia Long & Her Sister Sommore Continue to Mourn Death of Their Father Doughtry 'Doc' Long & Share Tributes to Him

Claudine Varela
Jan 31, 2020
07:01 A.M.

Nia Long and her sister, Sommore mourn their father's death with separate tributes. The siblings who are "not necessarily sisters" are only connected because of their father.


While many mourned Kobe Bryant’s death, Nia Long and her sister, Sommore channeled their tears closer to home with the death of their father. Doughtry “Doc” Long, a notable poet and author died on Monday and drove his daughters to pay tribute to him on social media.

Sommore admitted a few years back that though she and Nia share the same father, they were “not necessarily sisters.”

Nia Long at the 11th Annual Governor's Awards in October 2019. | Photo: Getty Images

Nia Long at the 11th Annual Governor's Awards in October 2019. | Photo: Getty Images


Nia was “black and proud” when she shared a photo of a young Doc and expressed how much she would miss him. Sommore, on the other hand, grieved the loss of their family’s “foundation.”

The comedian also credited the way she moves and thinks to her father. “Cool is in my DNA,” she wrote to caption a photo of the two of them. In a separate post, she lauded him as an educator.


The Atlanta-born Doc grew up in Trenton, New Jersey where he was hailed as a Trenton Poet Laureate for his outstanding works of poetry. His published books include, “Black Love Black Hope,” “Timbuktu Blues,” “Song for Nia: A Poetic Essay in Three Parts” and “Rules for Cool.” Doc was also a teacher of creative writing and literature at Trenton Central High School.




But more than his career achievements, Doc has two successful daughters he can be proud of. Nia, 49, and Sommore, 53, each made their mark in the entertainment industry but not as a unit. Sommore admitted a few years back that though she and Nia share the same father, they were “not necessarily sisters.”


The reason for this is because the siblings didn’t grow up together. The younger Nia was only two when her parents were divorced and she moved with her mother to Los Angeles.

That being said, Sommore, whose real name is Lori Ann Rambough, confessed she didn’t share a sisterly bond with Nia. It also didn’t help that men she’d meet would inquire about Nia. She had joked to Urban Daily about receiving many offers to attend her family reunions.



Nia never spoke about her estranged relationship with Sommore but she surprised fans in April when she shared a photo of the two of them and introduced Sommore as “the funny one in the family.”

With the loss of their father, maybe there’s still hope that they form a connection in memory of the man that binds them. In the meantime, we extend to Nia and Sommore our condolences for the loss of an important man.

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