Tika Sumpter - Biography; One Life to Live actresss Layla Willaimson

August 26, 2016
First published on:August 26, 2016
by HitBerry

Tika Sumpter is one of the hot African-American actress acting in Hollywood best known for her roles in many TV series and movies including Sparkle and South Side with you. Sumpter started her career as a host of reality series called Best Friend's Date in 2004 and in recent years she has landed on some important roles in many small screen's big projects as well as movies like Stomp the yard and Ride Along I and II.

Early Life 

Born on June 20,1980 Tika Sumpter is an African American national from The City of New York and her birth name is Euphemia L. Sumpter. She is best known as Layla Williamson from ABC's famous daytime show on opera called One Life to Live which was released in 2010. Sumpter is a native of Queens Area of New York City and a graduate of Longwood Senior High School in Middle Island. She was an active member of the cheerleading team in her high school days. After high school, she joined Marymount Manhattan College for BA with a communication major but could not complete her college studies due to her economic issues.

Professional Career

Tika can be an inspirational figure to many women who are struggling their way into the entertainment industry. She struggled her way into the industry starting from absolute nothing on her part. After working in numerous low-end jobs, She finally got her big break as a model for a perfume line in 2004. She did a commercial and advertisement snapshots along with clips for some famous perfume brand like Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne's Curve fragrances. After the commercial, she landed in an anchoring job for a reality show called Best Fiend's Date. As she became successful with her TV hosting career, she started showing up in many Big screen movies time and again. Her first Big Screen project was a famous musical dance-drama movie called Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. She played Nikki in the famous dance drama and which was released in 2010. She also appeared in Angelina Jolie's famous movie Salt in the same year she did Stomp the Yard. Later was seen in numerous episodes of the famous teen show "Gossip girl" and another famous sitcom The game.

From early 2011 to 2013 she kept on giving her presence in small screen continuous by landing in many series such as What's Your Number and Think Like a Man. She played a supporting  role for What's Your Number. In 2013 she re-appeared in the movie called A Madea Christmas.

She won a lot of hearts and appreciation in a famous Oprah Winfrey's show called  The Haves and the Have Nots as Candace Young In 2013, the show was not appreciated by critics but it turned out to be the most selling show from Oprah's production house. She was cast as Angela Payton in 2014 and 2016's famous comedy movie Ride Along which was produced by the famous Rap artist Ice Cube and featured her alongside the famous comedy duo Ice-Cube and Kevin Hart.

Present Career

She recently did a famous Romantic Comedy-drama as young Michelle R. Obama in the critically acclaimed movie "Southside with You" which according to Variety magazine is her "Biggest Breakthrough Performances" at Sundance. Sumpter is also an honorary member of a feminist and humanitarian organization which has around 28000 branches in almost all colleges in The States called Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated which helps women to gain a personal and professional skills needed through their life. She was enlisted as the honorary member in 2016.



Despite her huge success, she always tries to push her acting skills ahead her recent movie Southside with you proves that she is always ready to push the envelope a little forward. She has won millions heart with her skills of acting and dedication towards her work.

Personal Life

Tika is a normal fun-loving New Yorker in real life. She owns a home in 220 Bowery Street New York, USA. She was once married to her former boyfriend Hosea Chanchez in 2009 which was in the middle of her struggling years and later became a reason for her divorce in 2012. Tika is recently pregnant with a baby girl in 2016 but she has not disclosed the name of her father yet in her opinion relationship is a complex subject in itself and when you are in a show biz people overload it with their thoughts so she wants to keep it to herself for now . When asked about the name of her child's father on a talk show she replied the word will be out eventually after the birth of her baby daughter but until then she is not willing to share her secret with anyone.

Sources: Variety.com, article bio, Mtv.com, IDBM, NY times, variety magazine, AKA1908.com