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“I Don’t Have To Be At Home With The Kids All Day”: Nia Long Speaks On Juggling Motherhood And Her Career
Nia Long is the mother to two beautiful young boys, the longtime girlfriend of NBA assistant coach Ime Udoka and the star of current box office hit The Best Man Holiday.
Hello Beautiful caught up with Nia Long at the press junket for the highly-anticipated sequel, and she shared the key to juggling her ever-demanding life. To our surprise, she admitted there’s no secret at all! “I’m so not balanced,” she gushed, laughing.
“I just do what is necessary in the moment,” the 43-year-old beauty said. “If it’s the kids the need attention. I take care of that…My brain is like split in half. Half is for myself and half is for the kids.”“And I think that is a mother’s journey to make sure that they come first but to never loose yourself in the process,” she added. “So when I go from being mom in my Uggs and my jeans and my t-shirt, and I have to come walk in these heels, I’m like, ‘Can somebody carry me because I forgot how to walking heels?’ And I think every mom feels that way.”
Read more at HelloBeautiful.com
We often say there’s nothing like black love and we’re pretty sure the ladies on this list would completely agree because they’ve taken their love straight back to their roots. Here are 10 celebrity women who have found love dating African men.
Keri Hilson named her last album “No Boys Allowed” but after meeting Oklahoma City Thunder’s Serge Ibaka, she changed her tune. Born in the Republic of the Congo, Ibaka played basketball in Spain before coming to the NBA. Hilson, who is normally very private about her dating life, was rumored to have a new man in her life and after months of speculation, they came out as a couple in late 2012. Still going strong, Hilson was sitting in the stands cheering her man on a couple of weeks ago when he got ejected from the game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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From The Grio
Director Malcolm D. Lee isn’t surprised that The Best Man Holiday had a huge debut the weekend at the box office.
The film which held down the No. 1 spot at the box office Friday, brought in an estimated $30.6 million, only about $8 million behind the chart-topper Thor: The Dark World.
During an interview with theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon, Lee talked about The Best Man Holiday smashing box office expectations, and weighed on USA Today calling the sequel to The Best Man a “race-themed” film.
“I thought the expectations for The Best Man Holiday were low,” Lee says. “I was not surprised that we did better than they thought. I had a number in my head north of $22 million or north of $25 million. I felt if we did that we would be in really great shape. To be north of $30 million is fantastic. I resent the notion that we over-performed I felt like we were underestimated.”
“I think they had no idea what this movie meant to the fans of the first Best Man,” Lee explained. “They completely underestimated that fans would come out in droves. I completely underestimated that people would call out of work and come to Friday matinees. However I definitely expected people to come out.”
USA Today set of a social media frenzy Sunday when they tweeted and published a headline that read“‘Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar.” Twitter erupted with many finding the headline to be racially insensitive.
Read more at TheGrio.com
We already know that it’s tough for talented black actors and actresses to find work in the film industry, but according to Nia Long, it’s even more complicated when children enter the equation. In an interview with Mom.Me, the actress opened up about trying to juggle motherhood along with her red carpet events, filming, press and all that comes with being an actress and mom. Long also talked about how the film industry gave her a break after she became pregnant with her 2-year-old son Kez, even though she didn’t want to take one, and she’s says it’s a common disappointment when working in Hollywood. However, she did realize during that break that trying to be there for a newborn and jump back on set soon after giving birth isn’t for her. Here’s the tea you should know:
On Her Dry Spell After Getting Pregnant And Having Birth:
“This business will give you breaks even when you don’t want breaks, because after your next gig, it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’ve arrived.’ It’s like, ‘Oh my God, what’s my next job?’ And I think every actor feels that panic, so it wasn’t like I called my agent and said, ‘I’m having a baby, and I’m not coming back for two years.’ It was more like, ‘I’m having a baby,’ and they stopped calling me for a while, and then once the baby was born, and I was ready, the conversations gradually started to happen, and eventually you get a job.
I admire the women who can have babies and jump right back to work. I don’t know how they do it. As a nursing mother, I couldn’t sit there and just pump all day. I needed to be close to my baby.”
How She Juggles All Her Responsibility:
“I was having this conversation with [director] Tyler Perry about single moms. He was talking to a mom, and he asked, ‘How do you do it? How do you do it every single day?’ and her answer to him was, ‘You just do it. You don’t think about it.’ And so for me, it’s all kind of stored in my mind, and I have a good way of remembering what needs to be remembered. You have to. It’s just part of the gig.”
I dig that Long always manages to keep it real and tell it like it is. Check out her full interview with Mom.Me where she also talks staying organized, what will be on her dinner table on Thanksgiving, and giving her oldest son, Massai, 13, independence.
Nia Long Says She Wanted A White Love Interest In “The Best Man Holiday” And It’s No Disrespect To Black Men
When we asked Malcolm D. Lee about his decision to include an interracial relationship in “The Best Man Holiday,” he told us the idea was actually Nia Long’s, so when we got the beauty together alongside Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs we had to ask where the inspiration came from.
When we asked whether there was any concern about whether that story line would perpetuate the notion that there are no good black men Nia said not at all, telling us explicitly:
“[Jordan and Brian] meet because of the social worlds that they’re in and it works; and when something works you don’t judge it based on what package it comes in. You judge it on how it makes you feel and if it works for your life…
We’re living in a modern world where it happens and it’s OK and it’s no disrespect to any black man. I love black men, but the reality is the sistahs are marrying white men and the brothas are marrying white women and that’s the world that we live in and it’s not to be judged, and if it works for you then embrace it.”
Unsurprisingly, Taye Diggs co-signed Nia’s sentiments, but as we already see from the comment thread developing on our YouTube feed, some folks are not so understanding. Check out the full interview with these three in the video below and tell us what you think about Nia’s comments.
“It’s A Reflection Of Reality:” Malcolm D. Lee Explains Why He Put Jordan With A White Boy In “The Best Man Holiday”
We’re pretty sure Harper Stewart wasn’t the only one surprised to see Jordan with a white boy in the upcoming film, “The Best Man Holiday.” In previews for “The Best Man” sequel we find out Nia Long’s character Jordan has been “playing in the snow,” as Quentin put it in the film, and when we attended the press junket for the movie in LA, we chatted with director Malcolm D. Lee about why chose to take her story line in that direction.
Speaking on Jordan’s go-getter attitude toward her career and the fact that love has always taken a backseat in her life, he said:
“African American women who are extremely successful can’t always find black male counterparts on that level so it’s a little bit of a reflection of reality that black women are starting to date outside their race — and why not?”
Lee also spoke on his ability to incorporate spirituality into both “Best Man” movies without beating people over the head with a message and what he thinks about the current climate of black films. Check out what he had to say about that and more in the video below.
We constantly hear about women of a certain age who become consumed by the silently loud ticking of their biological clocks. Constant societal reminders of the fact that we won’t be able to reproduce forever can sometimes send us into a frenzy, which tends to manifest in our dating lives. But if you ask 43-year-old actress Nia Long what she thinks about the constant pressure that women place themselves under to get married and reproduce by a certain age, she’ll tell you to relax and realize that none of this will happen before the appointed time.
“I think that women who are extremely driven to success, ambitious, I think they get to a point in their lives where they’re like, ‘Uh oh. I am 30-something years old, and I don’t have a husband and I don’t have children yet and what does that mean?’ I think what it means is stay in your course because it’s going to happen when it’s supposed to happen,” Nia said during an interview with Rolling Out.
“It doesn’t happen for everyone at the same time, so you can’t compare your life to someone else’s,” The Best Man Holiday actress added.
In addition to advising women to take the pressure off of themselves, Nia also encourages that they be open minded, because love may not always show up in the way that you expect it to.
“You have to have an open heart to be vulnerable to accept it when it does come. I think the more success you have as a woman, you kinda go, ‘Well, I don’t really need a man ’cause look: I have everything I want, but the truth is you do need a partner because at some point in your life you’re not going to want to walk alone.”
The 43-year-old beauty gave birth to her second son, Kez, a couple of years ago and remains in a relationship with her NBA coach boyfriend, Ime Udoka. Though the couple have been exclusively for some time now, Nia has gone on account several times saying that she’s in no rush to get married.
What do you think of her advice?
The highly anticipated sequel to 1999 romantic comedy The Best Man, The Best Man Holiday, is slated to hit theaters and less than two weeks. Three of the film’s stars, Taye Diggs, Nia Long and Sanaa Lathan are on the cover of the latest issue of Jet Magazine. Inside, they discuss everything from the current state of African Americans in film to what sets The Best Man Holiday apart from other movies on the market right now. Check out a few highlights from their interviews below.
On the process of securing a Best Man sequel:
Nia: “It wasn’t like we were just able to make this movie; we had to go through a process. So I feel successful in that alone.”
On stereotypical African Americans in film:
Sanaa: “We as moviegoers want to see ourselves. A lot of Black films that have been out lately have been of a certain…stereotype and humor. This has a lot more depth. It’s not fitting the mold of what’s out now.”
On how The Best Man was a game-changer:
Taye: “Our films were really starting to explode and it was an interesting time. But then, people started making movies without us in them. Sadly, we’re still slaves to a system we don’t really control.”
Catch their full interview in the November 25th issue of Jet.
Do you find that current movies featuring African Americans are stereotypical?
Yes―Black people do live in Iowa! In case you didn’t know, quite a few have grown up in the Hawkeye state. Iowa isn’t the most diverse place, considering African Americans count for 2.9% of the population, but there are a handful. Click through to see who is from the big Midwest state.
Femi Emiola was born in Iowa City, Iowa, but raised in the Phillipines and Nigeria. When she was a teenager she returned to the US and attended Iowa State University where she studied theatre arts. She has also studied acting in New York City and is best known for her role on “Wicked Wicked Games.”
If you ask older men and women, too many people today name their children things that don’t mean anything, and can barely be pronounced, but that’s not necessarily always true. Some names are variations on classic names with meaning (i.e., Shaquille is a variation of the Arabic name Shakil, which means “handsome”), and some people’s whose name just sounds cool can tell you its origins are more about God and promises for success from their parents, rather than just a catchy moniker. Here are a few famous folks whose names are more than they seem (and yes, you’ll find many of the names to be African).
I know what you’re thinking, Sanaa must mean gorgeous, because this actress is definitely a looker. But no, the name Sanaa is both of Swahili and of Arabic background. In Swahili, it means “brilliance,” and in Arabic it means “art.”