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Niecy Nash Has Been Through More Than You Can Imagine: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Niecy

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Niecy-NashBy Yolanda Spivey

Carol Denise Ensley, also known by her stage name Niecy Nash, was born on February 23, 1970 in Palmdale, California.  She is well known for playing Deputy Raineesha Williams on the hit television series “Reno 911.”  Currently she plays Lolli Ballantine on TV Land’s “The Soul Man” opposite Cedric The Entertainer.  After graduating from California State University, Dominguez Hills, Niecy Nash embarked on a career in comedy and the rest is history.

Here are five interesting facts about this funny actress that is no laughing matter:

FACT #1:  In 1985, Niecy Nash’s mother was shot and wounded by an ex-boyfriend.  The incident changed Niecy’s life forever and created an unbreakable bond with her mother.  Niecy was only 15 years old at the time of the shooting.

FACT #2:  In 1993, Niecy Nash’s 17 year old brother Michael Ensley, was shot and killed by his classmate, Robert Heard.  Heard spent 9 years in a juvenile correctional facility for the murder. In 2002, he was released but returned back to prison for 8 years on attempted murder charges.  Finally, after his release in 2011, he was convicted of killing his wife and is currently incarcerated. Niecy has a tattoo of her brother’s name on her back.

FACT #3:  Niecy Nash’s mother founded M.A.V.I.S. (Mothers Against Violence In School) after the tragic death of her son.  Niecy remains the face of the organization and tours many schools informing the public of the violence children encounter on school campuses.

FACT #4:  Niecy knows all about being a pastor’s wife because in real life, she was a pastor’s wife.  Niecy’s first husband, Don was an ordained minister and real estate agent.  The two married in 1994 and divorced in 2007.  The couple has 3 children together.

FACT #5:  Niecy Nash is known to sport a flower in her hair.  She explained in a 2007 interview with Mahonygirl.com that she started wearing the flower as a “form of branding.” She stated, “There weren’t any other black women doing what I was doing at the time and I know it wouldn’t stay that way forever.  The flower was just something extra to help me stand out.”