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Actress Nia Long is gracing the latest (Nov. 2009) edition of Essence Magazine. In anticipation of the release of Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” documentary, Nia, who stars in the film, takes part in a round table discussion with singers Solange Knowles and Ledisi, TV personality Tanika Ray, hairstylist to the stars Ursula Stephen and writer/producer Tonya Lee. The article is titled “The Root of the Issue” and to read it in full you can pick the mag up on newsstands now.
In some other quickie Essence news, several of the sistas here at Brown Sista had a little wager going as to who would be next to cover the mag. As many of you well know, Essence’s covers are not known for being very diverse. They basically have about 5 or 6 women who routinely get covers every few months- sometimes several times a year. I bet Nia Long would get the next cover and I was right. There is also a huge discussion going on via Twitter about this topic as well.
To all of you who owe me money… I take Paypal… pay up ladies… LOL.
Pride Magazine recently issued an apology of sorts for the controversy their article with Nia Long caused. As you all may remember, Nia recently covered the July edition of the U.K. magazine and caused quite a stir with comments that seemed to suggest that Beyonce Giselle Knowles was less than qualified to call herself an actress. Pride now admits that the editing of their article may have suggested Nia said things that she in fact did not.
Pride’s official announcement can be read below…
“Pride would like to apologies for the fact that editing of the final article may have left Nia’s comments open to tabloid manipulation.
“As Europe’s premier publication for the woman of colour, Pride seeks only to celebrate the achievements of celebrities such as Nia Long and Beyonce Knowles, and hope no offence has been caused through the media speculation.”
When I got an email today alerting me to the fact that Nia Long was on the cover of a magazine, I was totally stoked. Unfortunately, the text that accompanied the e-mail left me a bit cold. Indeed the lovely Nia is gracing the cover of a magazine, the UK’s version of Essence- Pride Magazine. Unfortunately, the interviewer set Nia up and and girlfriend hit it outta the ballpark. Nia complained about singers being given acting jobs over longtime accomplished professionals- a complaint Samuel L. Jackson made some years ago as well about rappers. However, the interviewer took it a bit further and asked Nia specifically about Beyonce. Below is what the actress had to say.
I didn’t see ‘Obsessed,’ so I can’t comment, but it’s just not about how talented you are anymore. It’s about, ‘How much box-office revenue will this person generate?’ When you see certain people – we won’t name names – they just don’t have the skill, and no one in their team has said, ‘You need acting classes,’” Long replied.
I actually have no problem with Nia’s comments and believe she is absolutely right. In Black movies, singers and rappers are being called in to play roles they are often unfit for simply because they have a built in audience. This is the case with Beyonce, as it was with 50 Cent when Samuel spoke on it. However, I hate that a great Nia article has been reduced to headlines such as “Nia Disses Beyonce”.
Both of these sisters have worked hard in their respective fields and deserve all the success they have. I see no reason to try and pit one against the other, which is what I think the interviewer tried to do.
BET J bridges the worlds of music and virtual reality to bring viewers its first ever awards show, the BET J Virtual Awards, slated to premiere on BET J on Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Hosted by actress Nia Long and comedian Chris Spencer, the “virtual” broadcast honors today’s best in music and entertainment. The show will feature performances from Washington, D.C., New York and Atlanta hotspots – “all from a stunning, ground-breaking virtual environment,” the network stated. BET J also gives viewers an opportunity to showcase their own musical talent by performing their own rendition of one of the five nominated songs in the special user-generated “My Time Online” category.