Birth Name: Tika Sumpter
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA
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 wai...
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