Immediately following The Wood, Sanaa Lathan's status went A-list in Black Hollywood, landing lead roles in hit flicks like Love & Basketball (2000), Brown Sugar (2002), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Something New (2006). She also received a best actress Tony nomination for her performance in A Raisin in the Sun. Since then, her star just continued to rise with the actress continuing to snag lead roles, especially in recent years. In 2013, she starred in the blockbuster smash The Best Man Holiday and 2014's Repentance soon after. Her next film, The Perfect Man, is set to premiere in September 2015. After that, she shows no signs of slowing down, with two projects already in the works for 2016: The Best Man Wedding and Now You See Me: The Second Act.
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