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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.
Some fabulous celeb women are rocking very chic new ‘dos this week, and we’re loving it!
Gabrielle Union, like many big stars, hit up the post-Oscar festivities last night looking fabulous. She hit the red carpet at the Vanity Fair Oscar party and did so with her own natural hair, which she showed off on Instagram yesterday.
“I took my weave out and got creative with my natural hair… @larryjarahsims is a master magician#theprocess”
The beauty showed off quite a bit of length, which was was flipped, curled and tied into a knot at the back of her head, and also included an ornate bump at the crown of her head. While at the Vanity Far party in her sparkling Nicholas Oakwell gown, she snapped pics with new Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, and had nothing but love for the Kenyan beauty:
“Best part of my night… @lupitanyongo is everythang! Quite simply, this woman gives me LIFE! Humble, smart, sincere, drop dead stunning and talent to spare… SOOOO PROUD!!! #lupitalove”
And Union also took pictures with Tyler Perry, Serena Williams, Regina King and more. Clearly she had a fabulous night!
Away from the Academy Awards madness, supermodel Naomi Campbell also showed off a new ‘do, but this time it was a full and fabulous ‘fro.
Campbell is known for her long wigs and extensions, the latter of which having been blamed for the hair loss the beauty has dealt with over the years. She decided to give all that a rest for a light brown afro wig that looked great on her, as she did media rounds with The View, The Graham Norton Show, and while shooting an appearance on 106 & Park. Campbell was hitting the talk show couches to promote a new season of her reality show/modeling competition, The Face.
What do you think of both looks on these beauties? We can’t get enough of them! Share your thoughts below.
When The Haves and The Have Nots first came on TV in 2013, I had an inkling that it would do well, what with Tyler Perry’s large fan base and what not. But who knew it would be the ratings juggernaut that it has been for OWN? It’s the channel’s most successful show, and one of the reasons that the channel was able to morph from the ball of confusion to success so fast. But one person who wasn’t so sure about the show initially is Tika Sumpter, the actual star of The Haves and The Have Nots.
In an interview with Tyler Perry for his new talk show (which will actually just be a 3-week special), he recounts the time he called her up and had her in mind for the role of Candace Young, only to be told ‘no.’ But according to Sumpter, she actually told him she needed to think about it for a while because she wanted to make the best decision for her career:
Perry: When I called you to do this show you were like, uh…let me think about it. You said no.
Sumpter: I didn’t say no, I said ‘Let me think about it.’
Perry: Well when you tell Tyler Perry “Let me think about it,” that’s no.
Sumpter: No! I think as a performer, as an artist, as a businesswoman, you gotta figure out what’s best for you. I think you would do the same thing. You would say, “I’m not sure…yet.”
Perry: Let me ask you this, are you sure now?
Sumpter: I’m very sure now…
Perry: Let’s go back to what I was just asking you about, with you saying no, and me having to get Oprah to call you.
Sumpter: Oprah did call me, she called me twice actually.
Perry: Let’s talk about that conversation.
Sumpter: Well you called me with her first. When you get a call from Oprah, the first time, it’s just kind of–you go blank. It’s noise in your ear. Like, what is happening right now? And I’m like, “I can’t hear you.” I was at an awards show, people were loud. I wanted to say, “Oprah’s on the phone, shut up!” She was like, “I’ll call you back.” And then she called me and I was in the car and she just said, make sure that when I do make a decision, it’s not the white noise trying to tell me what to do. I’m really the captain of my own ship.
Perry: Yeah, let’s be clear, she wasn’t trying to talk you into it, she just wanted you to really think about it. As did I.
Sumpter: She said “Honey, I don’t talk anybody into doing anything they don’t want to do. But I feel special about this one.”
Perry: And she was right.
Sumpter: She was right.
She definitely was right, because folks are flocking to OWN to get their weekly dose of drama with this show. And Sumpter clearly made a good decision for her career.
But what do you think? Was she right to not immediately jump at the chance to work with Perry on the show? Check out their conversation below and share your thoughts.
Oprah’s OWN Celebrates Its Most-Watched Month; Fastest Growing Cable Network For Women Ages 25-To-54
After years of struggling to lure viewers, Oprah’s OWN pulled off the most-watched month in network history in primetime for February, reports EURWeb. It attracted 538,000 total viewers. And Winfrey has her deal with Tyler Perry to thank in part.
February marked a six-month high for OWN’s viewership in the women aged 25-54 demo, with an increase of 11 percent in comparison to January. And it was a boost of an incredible 86 percent from the previous year. All this makes OWN the fastest-growing cable network for this viewer group.
It was Perry’s programs that pumped up the ratings. His OWN drama The Haves and the Have Nots is cable’s most-watched show on Tuesday nights. And it is also the No. 1 original cable series that African-Americans tune in to watch. The Haves and the Have Nots is also one of the top 10 original primetime series overall on ad-supported cable networks among this female group. This makes OWN Tuesday nights the No. 2 cable network for that demo, almost tying with TBS.
Perry’s comedy series Love Thy Neighbor was Wednesday night’s No. 1 original cable series for African-American women ages 25-to-54 and for total viewers, also helping OWN win the ratings war.
Perry’s OWN programs got some help from the second season of Kym Whitley’s reality series Raising Whitley and the new reality show Mom’s Got Game, featuring former WNBA player Pamela McGee and her son, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee. They are Saturday night’s top two original series for African-American women ages 25-to-54.
Have you been tuning in?
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.
At this point it would be safe to say Oprah has found her golden ticket in Tyler Perry and she will be damned if she lets him go. Ever.
Yesterday, Tyler posted the pic above on Twitter, along with this major television announcement:
— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) February 18, 2014
Apparently, the writer/director/producer/playwright/actor will now be adding talk show host to his long list of titles, thanks to his major success on the Oprah Winfrey Network during the past year. Actually, it wasn’t even a full year ago that we announced Oprah and Tyler’s first television projects on OWN: The Haves and The Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor. The Haves and The Have Nots debuted May 28, 2013 and became OWN’s highest-rated series debut ever, which led to the network doubling the series, and ending season 1 as the most-watched scripted telecast on OWN ever with 2 million viewers. Love Thy Neighbor fell right behind in second place in terms of debut viewership, which is why we weren’t totally surprised when Oprah announced a third series from TP: “Single Mom’s Club,” based on the feature film by the same name hitting theaters in March.
This talk show, though, is an entirely different beast and we’re kinda shocked it’s happening so soon. But when you have a cash cow like Tyler Perry finally making your network profitable three years into its existence, I’m sure you want to milk it for all it’s worth.
What do you think about the Tyler Perry Show concept? Any speculation on what type of show it’ll be?
When you’ve found your groove, it only makes sense to stick with it. And that’s exactly what Oprah’s doing. Now that she’s realized Tyler’s shows and movies do well for her network, she’s trying to get her hands on all of them.
OWN recently announced their fall 2014 lineup and in addition to “Lindsay” the Lindsay Lohan docuseries, “Deion’s Family Playbook” and “Love in the City,” “Single Moms Club,” the series, based on the upcoming feature film, will hit the small screen.
Like the movie, the drama series will focus on a group of single women from different backgrounds who form a bond following an incident at their children’s school. The women use each other as a source of support and find ways to incorporate levity in life’s inevitable obstacles. As you might assume, “Single Moms Club” is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry and produced again by Tyler Perry Studios. I kid you not.
The man doesn’t sleep.
I was the lone person in my office who thought the Single Moms movie might not be too bad, so I can see how this would work for the network. But seeing as how my coworkers looked at me like I had a third eye, when I expressed this opinion, it could also flop. You know, since everyone doesn’t share my sentiments. Only time will tell.
What do you think about the Single Moms concept in general? Do you have any interest in the movie? Will you check out the series on OWN?
This Christmas, Tyler Perry is looking to make you double over with laughter and reflect on a timeless lesson. Perhaps both goals are achieved in his latest flick, A Madea Christmas, his eighth featuring the loud-mouth character we’ve come to love.
We caught up with the famed director to talk about the holiday season, what he’s getting Oprah for Christmas and if he’ll ever kill off Madea.
ESSENCE.com: Are you planning to give Oprah a special gift this year? Or anyone else?
PERRY: Nope, I gave her flowers last year for her birthday. This year she’s getting a small single rose and in a bottle. I’m going to buy it on a freeway in California and send it to her, that’s what she’s getting this year. Don’t tell her! I give Christmas gifts all year long. Everybody gets a Christmas gift. It comes every month for most people that I know.
ESSENCE.com: You have so many Madea movies under your belt. In a lot of ways her character seems immortal. Have you ever thought about bringing her character to a close or killing her off?
PERRY: I would never kill her off, but if people stopped coming to see Madea she would go away. She would go away very, very quickly because she’s not my favorite character to play. But, I do appreciate the joy that she brings to a lot of people. I’ve been trying to celebrate it within myself and enjoy the moment, enjoy the ride.
ESSENCE.com: Spike Lee recently said that he would like to work with you. In a perfect world, what would that project look like?
PERRY: You know, I don’t know. Spike has so much edge to his work. It would be very interesting. I’m totally intrigued at the thought and would love the idea of just being able to work with someone as brilliant as Spike. Maybe we will find the right project that speaks to what is true to him, while at the same time speaks to what is true to me at my core.
You can read more over on ESSENCE.com, including how Tyler Perry handles accepting scripts from up and coming writers. It looks like Madea is here to stay as long as she keeps bringing in dollars.
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?
From The Grio
This Friday Tyler Perry heads back to theaters with the release of his latest film, A Madea Christmas.
Perry reprises his role as the gun-toting, scripture-quoting Madea character that his loyal fans have come to cherish.
A Madea Christmas features Tika Sumper, Anna Maria Horsford, and Larry the Cable Guy, and follows Madea to a rural Alabama town where she’s coaxed into helping a friend pay her daughter a surprise visit for Christmas.
Perry talked about his new film, and also opened up about the successful year we are having in black cinema.
“There is definitely a wave that happens in film and in Hollywood,” Perry told theGrio’s Chris Witherspoon. “If you look back in the ’90s there were lots of movies with African-Americans around that time.”
“So there’s a wave, and then it comes down and you go through the low, and what I was able to do was maintain through that time. All we’re doing now is watching another wave happen. Which I’m very excited about. I think that ‘yes’ part of the success that I’ve had is a part of that, and so is Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Think Like A Man. You add those up together and you get the second wave that’s happening right now.”
Read and see more of Tyler Perry along with Tika Sumper at TheGrio.com