Nia Long Covers Ebony Magazine

Actress Nia Long is gracing the November cover of Ebony magazine with two very distinctly different images.

In one, Nia, the 40-year old star of such classics as ‘Love Jones’ and ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ is shown wearing little more than a smile, while simultaneously showing off her ever growing baby bump.

In another, Nia attempts to keep it PG with a basic headshot and come-hither look on her face.

No doubt the more provocative cover will get all the headlines. However, I totally prefer the one that features Nia from the shoulders up.

As much as I love Nia, the naked pregnant girl thing has been done to death and is starting to get old.

It is neither shocking nor attractive in my personal opinion.


  1. Sista I agree with you 100%

    Paula Patton did such a beautiful and respectful cover for Ebony last year.

    I really don’t understand why women feel the need to go to such extremes now while pregnant.

  2. Thse type of photos belong in a persons home not on a magazine cover. It’s too personal.

  3. she looks beautiful either way- I love her skin.

    I remember her on fresh prince of belair- can’t believe she’s 40 already!

  4. OMG, I saw Nia on an episode of 227 the other day. It truly reminds you of how ling she has been around.

    And I agree with the rest of you about the cover. The headshot is prettier and in better taste.

  5. I totally agree you, Sista. It’s trite and distasteful. Plus, I’m sick of glorifying unwed parents. There’s nothing glamorous about illegitimate babies.

  6. I agree. Illegitimate babies are awful. Especially the ones Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have. That illegitimate Oprah Winfrey is pretty awful too. She would have turned out so much better had her parents been married.

  7. Black women have become so uptight about marriage it ain’t even funny. Calling an unborn child names because its parents aren’t married is disgraceful. So long as this baby has two parents who are committed to loving them and raising them as a unit is all that matters. Marriage is great but it isn’t a guarantee of anything. Nia and her child’s father aren’t broke together and Nia isn’t broke alone. The trials and tribulations of the average unwed black mother do not apply to Nia. Her child will be ok and have just as many opportunities in life as the children had by unwed white women in Hollywood.

    Black women need to stop acting as if marriage is the be all to end all or that it will solve all of life’s problems. Ask any divorced sista and she will tell you like I know; marriage is just a piece of paper. It is great for legalities but does not guarantee your husband will be with you forever or be a reliable father. You can only hope for those things.

    What is needed is true commitment. Now if that commitment is matched with a piece of paper, then great. But don’t for a second think the paper is proof of anything.

    By the way, most married women I know pressured their men to marry them. I don’t know not one married couple who had a traditional husband proposing to the wife type of engagement.

  8. I agree with Richmond Rose..Just because you are married does not mean you are happy.

  9. Actually, I don’t take offense to the sarcasm. Perhaps you all missed the point. Not once did I insinuate that a baby born out of wedlock is less than. I’m pointing out the fault of the parents. If you want to know my take on marriage and its purpose I highly suggest you youtube “Dr. Myles Munroe Marriage.” You may learn something.

    Unwed parenting has done just as much destruction to the black community as slavery.

  10. Richmond Rose said: The trials and tribulations of the average unwed black mother do not apply to Nia. I am in agreement, but I must note my understanding of the other comments regarding unwed parenting. I’m not sure that I would go quite as far as stating that unwed parenting has done as much destruction to the Black American community as slavery, but it has been all kinds of hellish-destructive in its own way.

    I am saying this as an unwed mother of 15 years, as an educated individual, and as one of the lucky remaining members of the “middle class” (which simply means that I can pay my mortgage, car note, student loans, utility bills, buy groceries and still have a little left over to give to my parents each month – all without child support): unwed parenting should be discouraged, and I am primarily concerned about my community, so I will say that unwed parenting should be firmly discouraged in the Black American community.

    Putting aside for a moment the financial issues, single parenting is simply not an ideal way to raise a young person – not ideal for the youth, and not ideal for either of the parents. Young people need the constant (read: day-to-day and night-to-night) love, support, involvement, conditioning, discipline, the presence and the very smell of both of their parents, in order have the best possible chance to fully develop into their best selves. Dad needs mom to help him parent well; Mom needs dad to help her parent well. Parenting in the most ideal conditions is perhaps the most difficult (and enduringly so) undertakings of one’s life – it should NOT be done alone – it is NOT designed to be done alone.

    I am the first to acknowledge the many, many, many instances and examples of super-fantastic, dedicated and devoted, educated and involved women and men who have raised awesome children as single parents (I am one of them). But trust and believe, if I had it to do over again, and if I am asked by my son, or my nieces, or my Girl Scouts, or a member of my youth group, or some random stranger on the street – I DO NOT HESITATE to tell them what I have learned over 15 very hard and long years – don’t make it harder than it has to be! Seek and find a man or woman who is committed, who is like-minded, who shares your financial expectations, who is willing to build a future with you. And when you find them, date them, court them, engage with them, marry them, and have a child and raise a family with them. Single parenting happens (sometimes because of tragedy, sometimes because of poor decision making, sometimes because life just happens and you have to keep living or die trying) but in my very honest and very humble opinion, single parenting should not be glamorized as an equally suitable option to parenting as a married couple.

    Stepping down off my soap box now – sorry for the long post, but this is very close to my mission in life.

    Peace, Naj

  11. @Richmond Rose….ditto

    Do we know if she even wanted to be married and really that is her PERSONAL business. We are not living in the 40’s and 50’s anylonger. I think many women would like to be married and I’m suer there are some the don’t want to get married. Either case that is their personal preference. As far as her pregnancy photo…I understand that some people may be tired of it. But if I were as beautiful as her, I probally would have my photo taken for a magazine cover while I was pregnant also….:)

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