Actress Nia Long Joins ‘Empire’

NIA LONG JOINS EMPIRE

Nia Long Joins Empire for Season 3 Extended Arc

In addition to her upcoming appearance in the Lifetime remake of Beaches, fans can also expect to see actress Nia Long in a recurring capacity on this season of Empire. According to published reports, Nia, 46, will play Giuliana, a Las Vegas queen pin who makes a series of brash moves in an attempt to secure a deal with Empire.
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Nia Long Joins ‘Dear White People’ Cast

Nia Long Joins Dear White People Cast

Nia Long Lands Recurring Role on Netflix Comedy ‘Dear White People’

Nia Long is set to join Netflix’s upcoming comedy Dear White People. The former Uncle Buck star will have a recurring role playing the part of African-American studies professor Neika Hobbs. Dear White People is based on the 2014 Sundance film of the same name and will be produced by television veteran Yvette Lee Bowser.
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Nia Long to Star in ‘Beaches’ Remake

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Beaches Remake to Star Nia Long and Idinia Menzel

Actress Nia Long is set to co-star alongside singer Idinia Menzel in the upcoming Lifetime remake of the classic Bette Middler/Barbara Hershey film Beaches. Long will take on the role of Hillary Whitney, originally played by Hershey, while Menzel will take on the role of C.C. Bloom, originally played by Middler. According to Lifetime both characters will get minor background changes and updated storylines.
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Nia Long’s New ABC Comedy May Never See the Light Of Day

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ABC May Have Shelved Uncle Buck

So, what’s going on with Uncle Buck, the new ABC comedy starring Mike Epps and Nia Long? I periodically find myself looking for the show on HULU, only to come up empty handed. I finally checked the ABC press site, but that yielded little to no answers as to why the show has yet to air, despite it being screened to members of the press months ago. After a bit more digging I discovered the show has yet to be added to ABC’s winter line-up.
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Trailer: Extended Preview of “Uncle Buck” Starring Nia Long

JAMES LESURE, SAYID SHAHIDI, AALYRAH CALDWELL, NIA LONG, IMAN BENSON, MIKE EPPSAs previously reported, ABC has given the greenlight to Uncle Buck, a new half-hour comedy based off the 1989 John Candy film of the same name.

The television version stars Nia Long, James Lesure, and comedian Mike Epps as the infamously bad babysitter, Uncle Buck.

ABC plans to air the show as part of a Tuesday night comedy block that includes upcoming shows The Real O’Neals and Not Tonight.
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Nia Long Covers Essence Mag… I Win

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.

Nia Long Essence Magazine November 2009 Cover

Pride Magazine Apologizes

Nia Long 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.”

Nia Covers Pride Magazine

Nia Long 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.

Read more of Nia’s interview here…