Who is Nika King?
King’s talents as a comedian and actor are versatile and dynamic. She is best known for her comedic abilities but in her new breakout role playing Leslie, on the Emmy winning HBO series Euphoria opposite Zendaya and Storm Reid, King showcases a much more dramatic side of herself. In this role, King pulls from her early life watching family members battle addiction and triumphantly overcoming. It is from that resolve and resilience that King offers a dramatic perspective and newfound depth in this character.
King’s comedy has landed her roles on Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada and hosting Nika King & Friends, a monthly show at the Improv Lab in Hollywood CA. She has also act, wrote and produced on award winning webseries Funny Married Stuff, which is currently streaming on KweliTV. While King has a passion for acting and producing, her talents do not end there. Nika has recently starred and executive produced her first feature film, Possum Trot. The film is about a pastor and his wife's journey to reverse the foster care system in small town in East Texas.
After speaking on the 2021 Better Together: Mental Health Storytelling Summit produced by MTV Entertainment Group, King was compelled to establish Rose of Sharon, a 501 (c) (3) based in South Los Angeles, CA. The mission of the nonprofit is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families from underserved and marginalized communities by compassionately serving their mental health and wellness. It is from King’s personal experiences with family members that Rose of Sharon
was birthed. Having watched family members navigate through addictions and mental health challenges, King experienced all the dynamics associated with being in her position.
Striving to be more than just an actor, King has created Jeli Life, a online community tech platform for Black and Brown people who want to be in the entertainment industry. The platform provides peer to peer mentorship, access to job listings and advice. For more information, visit www.jeli.life
THE ‘EUPHORIA’ CAST IS EXPANDING FOR SEASON 2
It’s been two, long years since Euphoria premiered on HBO. While fans have been patiently waiting for the return of the drama that deals with beautiful teens and their drug addictions, messy sex lives, identities, and friendships... Click below to read more.
Sole Folks Providing Retail Space and Resources for Black Entrepreneurs
The original idea for Sole Folks was to open a small sneaker boutique in the heart of Leimert Park. Click below to read more.
Nika King Signs With Paradigm
King can currently be seen as a series regular on the Emmy-nominated HBO series Euphoria, where she plays Leslie Bennett, the hardworking and chronically worried single mother to Zendaya and Storm Reid. Click below to read more.
Euphoria season 2: Release date, cast, soundtrack, plot and everything you need to know
Euphoria is officially returning for season two. The HBO drama, which is an American adaptation of an Israeli series, follows a group of high-school students as they navigate the trials and tribulations of teen life. Click below to read more.
Trevor Noah, Kenya Barris, Rachel Bloom Among Stars Taking Part in “Mental Health Storytelling Summit”
Several Hollywood stars and top companies are joining forces with the mental health expert community and the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative to hold virtual conversations with visionaries and thought leaders across TV, film and music as part of a three-day virtual summit tied to Mental Health Awareness Month. Click below to read more.
They wanted to bring a sneaker shop to South L.A. Then their dream got bigger
Sole Folks was just going to be a sneaker boutique in Leimert Park. Founders Akil West, Taz Arnold and Nika King wanted to bring a specialty sneaker store that would sell exclusive kicks to South Los Angeles where they grew up and where there aren’t many streetwear stores. Click below to read more.
The 2020 Grid110 South LA Cohort
Grid110 usually accepts between 15 and 20 Los Angeles based companies for each cohort. But since South LA represents only 8% of LA’s population, we questioned whether we would be able to fill a cohort our first time out. The challenge was compounded because we only had a few weeks to promote the program, instead of our typical application window of a few months. Click below to read more.