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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Who is Euphemia Tika Sumpter?

Who is Euphemia Tika Sumpter? The entertainment and acting world knows her as Tika Sumpter, she is an American actress, singer, and model known for her roles as Layla Williamson on One Life to Live and recurring role as Raina Thorpe on Gossip Girl and as Jenna Rice in the The CW/BET sitcom, The Game. Sumpter  appeared in Sparkle which was directed by Salim Akil and written by his wife, Mara Brock Akil. The leading ladies, who will play sisters in the film, include Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Jordin Sparks..

Personal Life

Tika was born June 20, 1980 in Hollis, Queens, New York, Sumpter studied at Marymount Manhattan College where she majored in communications.


She began her career modeling and appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne's Curve fragrances. In 2004, she served as the co-host for the N network series Best Friend's Date. The following year she landed the role of Layla Williamson on One Life to Live.
From January to May 2011, Sumpter appeared on Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of Russell Thorpe and Chuck Bass/Nate' former love interest.[3]
She played singer Jason Derülo's girlfriend in the video for his song "It Girl".[4]

On September 12, 2011, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing one of the sister's name Deloris in the music-themed film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke & Carmen Ejogo. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name inspired by the story of The Supremes. The remake was set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. The story will focus on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle Williams (Jordin Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart.[5][6] R&B singer Aaliyah – originally tapped to star as Sparkle however following her death in a 2001 plane crash, production on the film had been derailed, production would have begun in 2002.[7][8][9] Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two month period.[10] The movie, starring both Sumpter will be released on August 17 in the United States. On May 21, 2012, "Celebrate", the last song Whitney Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at The song is the first official single featured on the Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album which Sumpter is apart of.[11] The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012 and the video featured herself and the rest of her Sparkle cast mates .[12]


Year Film Role Notes
2009 Brooklyn's Finest Neighborhood Girl
2010 Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming Niki
Salt Front Deskwoman
2011 What's Your Number? Jamie
Whisper Me a Lullaby Emma Post-production
2012 Think Like a Man Dominic's Girlfriend
Sparkle Delores Williams
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2011 One Life to Live Layla Williamson 234 episodes
Role held: July 15, 2005 - January 24, 2011
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama (2008)
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vegas Episode 7.17 "Class"
2011 The Game Jenna Rice 9 episodes
Gossip Girl Raina Thorpe Recurring cast (Season 4; 11 episodes)
2012 Being Mary Jane
TV series

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