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Nia Long Says As A Single Mom, It’s Important To Introduce Your Kids To A Guy You Date “Kinda Early”
We told you yesterday that Nia Long nabbed the cover of the new issue of Essence as the stunning star promotes her new film, The Single Moms Club, which is the new Tyler Perry project. To talk about the realities of being a single mom, Long has been chatting with Iyanla Vanzant and Oprah on Oprah’s Lifeclass and they’ve discussed a little bit of everything. On Part II of their sit-down, which airs tonight on OWN, they talk about single mothers navigating the dating world. Long had a very interesting story to tell about a first date she went on, and talks about the awkward moment at the beginning of that date that helped her realize it’s not a bad idea to introduce your child to a prospective partner early.
“I actually do have a funny story. My son was a bout two. I had just broken up with his dad and I said, ‘You know what? I’m going to go out and I am going to reclaim my sexy!’ This gentleman came and I said, let’s do a group date. I didn’t want to do a one-on-one thing. Let’s do a group date. So I called my sister and I said, ‘You’re going on my first date with me.’ I was living in New York at the time. We walk out of the apartment, he’s in this big truck like a Suburban, but it was a driver and a car. And I was like, ‘Oh he’s fancy.’ We get in the car and my 2-year-old goes, ‘My daddy has a big ol’ blue truck and it’s faster than this one!’ I just went ‘Oh my goodness.’ So they know. They know. Even when you try to hide it, when you try to pretend like, ‘This is just mommy’s friend’ they know. That guy didn’t last so him and his truck went bye bye, but what it did teach me was to introduce kind of early.”
Of course, Long will go in depth about why she thinks this is necessary on tonight’s episode of Life Class (airing at 9/8c). But check out the clip of her talking about this date and let us know what approach you would take when it comes to dating as a single mother, and when you think it’s best to introduce your children to the men you are getting to know on a romantic level.
Tune in Friday night at 9/8c.
Essence’s favorite cover girl is back front and center on their April 2014 issue and this picture alone tells us why Nia Long is talking about “keeping it sexy after 40.” The mother of two is also discussing her new role in Tyler Perry’s Single Moms Club and, naturally, her own role in real life raising two sons. Nia told the mag of her day-to-day life raising 13-year-old Massai and 2-year-old Kez with boyfriend Ime Udoka:
“I’m not a movie star mom who’s got a private chef, a nanny and a driver. My mantra is, ‘You created this, you can handle it.’”
You certainly can’t be mad at that approach, though the idea of juggling a teen, a toddler, and a job all at once sounds overwhelming just thinking about it. Not for Nia, though, who said:
”I think that if you’re committed to being a great mother, single or not, you’re going to enjoy every moment you have with your children. I love when it’s just the three of us and no one can see how silly we’re acting. The preciousness of it all makes the tough days a little bit easier.”
Nia’s sons would clearly agree. In addition to her feature, the actress’s oldest son Massai also penned a love letter to his mom in Essence, thanking her for all she does for their family, writing:
“You are loving, and are always there for me and my little brother…You have taught me to have a voice and fear nothing but the Lord.”
Essence’s April 2014 issue hits newsstands tomorrow.
Though the odds were stacked against Nia Long due to other work obligations when Tyler Perry asked her to take the leading role in his new movie “The Single Moms Club,” Nia says Tyler made taking the job a lot simpler because he’s so easy to work with.
“Tyler called and said, ‘Look, I need you. Can you do this?’ And I was doing a show. I was doing ‘House of Lies’ at the time,” the mother of two told HipHollywood. “I was like, ‘God, I don’t know how I’m going to do this.’ It just seemed impossible.’ He said, ‘Look, we’ll work it out.’”
His willingness to work around her hectic schedule isn’t the only reason why Nia says Tyler is such a joy to work with.
“If you’ve ever worked with Tyler Perry, it’s the most well-oiled machine you ever seen operate. You get there, you’re treated like a queen. You have fresh flowers in your trailer everyday. It is the most unbelievable thing ever. Everybody is on point and when we wrapped that film in 17 days, I left going, ‘Did we just make a movie? Because I don’t know that we just made a movie. Like, what happened?’”
As if that weren’t enough, Nia also revealed that Tyler allowed her 11-year-old son, Massai, to audition for the role of her son in the film.
“My son plays my son in the film,” Nia explained. “Massai plays my boy in the movie. I asked [Tyler], ‘So who’s playing my son in the film?’ And he goes, ‘Well, I don’t know, we’ll probably get a kid local in Atlanta.’ I said, ‘Well, you know my son is the same age as the character.’”
While Tyler was willing to hire Massai without an audition, Nia says that she wanted him to go through the audition process for a host of reasons.
“I said, ‘No, no, no, no. I’m not gonna be looking like a fool if I get him there and he’s terrible. Let’s make him audition.’ I knew in my heart he could do it, but I wanted him to go through the process of earning something and also for him to understand what I do and that we really have to work hard to get what we have.”
After setting little Massai up with her old acting coach, Nia says he auditioned and nailed it.
Watch a clip from Nia’s interview on the next page.
It doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Hollywood is brimming with incredibly beautiful people. However, we have to say that sexiness isn’t reserved for just the youngin’s. Some of entertainment’s most drop dead gorgeous women are mommies and even grandmommies. So, as a testament to the fact that women can be beautiful at any age, we’re taking a look at 14 fabulous women who still have it going on.
Planned Parenthood has been under heavy attack from anti-abortion organizations, particularly after the release of its annual report last month showing millions in taxpayer funding and a reduction of non-abortion health services. And as states such as Texas, which recently became one of 13 states to ban abortion after 20 weeks, many local Planned Parenthood clinics have closed.
But black women are coming to the rescue. Among the African-American celebrities actively promoting the organization are Star Jones and Nia Long. Recently Jones joined Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards for an off-the-record discussion of reproductive health and Planned Parenthood’s future with a room full of African-American female influencers, including BET President Debra Lee, producer Crystal McCrary and CBS medical expert Dr. Holly Phillips, reports The Root.
Alexis McGill Johnson, a former political adviser to Sean “Diddy” Combs (remember his get out-the-vote campaign?) and Russell Simmons, hosted the event in her home. Johnson is currently chairwoman of the Planned Parenthood board of directors.
“Women’s health is one of my primary issues. I work so hard to make sure women are aware of ownership of our own bodies, and I see everything Planned Parenthood does as connected to women’s health,” Jones told The Root. “I know the nation thinks of Planned Parenthood in a very myopic way.” But, she adds, “[w]hen it comes to women’s health, they are the first line of defense for most lower-income women in America.”
The event at Johnson’s home was the latest event in Planned Parenthood’s multiyear campaign to boost its outreach to communities of color. Johnson was appointed board chairwoman earlier this year, in January Debra Alligood-White joined the organization as general counsel, and, Alencia Johnson became press officer focusing on African-American media in April, joining Kristi Henderson, who started as director of communications in April 2011. Of the organization’s nine-member executive team, three are black.
Although from 1978 to 1992, Faye Wattleton served as the organization’s first–and only–black president, Planned Parenthood has long suffered from image issues and ineffective outreach in communities of color. “This became particularly evident as the “black genocide” movement began gaining momentum and significant media in recent years. In 2011 billboards depicting black children with the tagline ‘the most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb’ appeared,” reports The Root. The group behind the billboards accused Planned Parenthood of targeting minority communities.
Plus, the organization’s complicated early history has undertones of racism. For example, the organization’s founder, Margaret Sanger, spoke in front of organizations like the Ku Klux Klan.
According to PBS, “A significant faction within the Black Power movement believed that population growth was key to increasing black political strength. At the 1967 Black Power Conference in Newark, N.J., attendees passed an anti-birth control resolution declaring birth control to be the equivalent of black genocide.”
But as black women continue to have the highest rate of unplanned pregnancies of any community, access to contraception has become important. The battle has put the spotlight again on Planned Parenthood, making it one of the most visible political activist groups in the country–and black women are increasingly vital it to win this fight.
“Women of color are leading in so many ways, and I felt it was really important to gather a group of women who have been successful in banking, media and politics, just ideas for how we can use our power to push for the issues we care about. Planned Parenthood is one of those issues,” said Johnson.
Love is in the air! This year has been full of celebrity engagements and and we can’t wait to see the lavish weddings that are to come. Some engagements were obvious, while others came out of nowhere. Hopefully they won’t all get married in a secret ceremony and share the details later or not at all. Check out these celebrity weddings we can’t wait for in 2014.
Brandy and Ryan Press
Brandy looks like she’s glowing these days with her music executive fiancée Ryan Press. They met in the music industry and became engaged in December of 2012. Before meeting him she had given up on love, but clearly that has changed. Congrats to the happy couple!
It wasn’t too long ago when we questioned where Nia Long was and why she wasn’t working. Well, all of a sudden, she seems to be pretty busy and it doesn’t look like she’s slowing down anytime soon.
According to Deadline.com, Long has signed on to star in WEtv’s new show, The Divide. The show is describe as a “legal thriller centers on District Attorney Adam Page (Damon Gupton), who uncovers new evidence that prompts the re-investigation of a sensational murder case.”
Long will play DA Page’s wife, Billie.
This could be really good for Nia Long. She has the chance to star in something brand new for the network: The Divide will be WE’s first drama and scripted show. As we know, they’re known for reality shows and reruns of old shows so if they promote this properly, it could have a huge following.
Nia has been pretty busy this year: she co-starred in eight episodes of House of Lies and of course, The Best Man Holiday was released in November to rave reviews. Next year, she’s one of the stars of Tyler Perry’s film, The Single Moms Club.
It’s exciting to see her career get that full second wind and I can’t wait to see her in the new show!
It’s that time of year again where Tyler Perry takes a break from making yet another Madea movie and releases one of his feel good weping-may-endure-for-a-night-but-joy-cometh-in-the-morning dramedies that his female audiences love.
The latest TP production is “The Single Mom’s Club,” a story about five single suburban mothers who start a support group for women like themselves after being brought together by an incident at their children’s schools. And they, of course, find love in the process. The movie will star our girl Nia Long alongside Wendi McLendon-Covey, Zulay Henao, Amy Smart, and Cocoa Brown. And the film’s leading men include Nia’s “The Best Man Holiday” boo Eddie Cibrian, William Levy, Terry Crews, Ryan Eggold, and, as expected, Tyler Perry himself who will be Nia’s love interest.
It goes without saying that Tyler Perry wrote, directed, and produced the film, which will hit theaters some time in 2014, and from looking at the first trailer for the movie I think we can all agree it screams “Tyler Perry.” Whether that’s a good or a bad thing I’ll let you decide.
Check out The Single Mom’s Club trailer in the video below. Will you watch?
“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.