nia long

Actress Nia Long graces the cover of the April/May issue of UPTOWN magazine. Long is best known for her roles in urban/hood movies such as Boyz n the Hood, Love Jones, Friday and The Best Man.

At 45, the sexy actress says she's done playing roles that limits her growth as an actress.

“I’m a woman over 40, so thank God I’m working,” she told UPTOWN. “I’m not trying to be an ingénue anymore. I wouldn’t want those opportunities because then that would just mean that I haven’t grown.”

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Long currently stars in Kegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele’s hit comedy film debut, Keanu, in theaters now. She also co-stars alongside Mike Epps in ABC’s half-hour comedy vehicle, Uncle Buck, slated to premiere in June.

“I think the whole point as an artist is that you want your work, in some sort of way, to reflect how you’ve evolved as a person and as a woman. The more you work, the smarter you are,” she reflects.

“You know, I’d love to do a yummy period piece where I could just take this weave out of my hair and just be natural and black. I would love to just strip down and be my most vulnerable self in a feature. I believe it’s all coming.”

Long, who is married to former NBA player Ime Udoka, has 2 children, Kez Sunday Udoka, 4, and 15-year-old actor Massai Zhivago Dorsey II from a previous relationship.

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On Jada Pinkett-Smith protesting the Oscar Awards:

“I’ve known Jada since we were young women. She got the whole country talking about something [necessary] and it’s a great thing,” Long says. “She’s one of the soldiers. I was proud of her. I was proud that she even had the nerve to say anything. Nobody else did, until she did. A lot of people thought that she was upset because Will didn’t get nominated, but I think it was her way of expressing her disappointment because nobody black was nominated.

On why no one black was nominated for an Oscar:

“People think that just because your name is Denzel Washington or Will Smith or Kevin Hart, that automatically things are easy. These people have spent years building. No matter what level you’re on in this industry, you’re expected to be excellent. Being excellent -- when the material isn’t -- can be challenging.”

On Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passing away:

“Somebody called me and said, ‘You know you’re in that Tribe song.’ I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’ The line is, ‘Trini-born black like Nia Long’s grandmother.’ I was like, ‘This is the hottest song in the club. What?’ I got a little depressed the last couple days because I started thinking about [late rapper Heavy D], then Phife, and then me and Ime were listening to A Tribe Called Quest on the way to the game.”

On being in a good space mentally and emotionally:

“I have a very Zen persona right now. I do meditations and my affirmations because there are so many things in my world that I cannot control, and learning to be okay with that is where I think you find true peace. I think finally I’m learning what it means to be a wife, a mother, an actress, and then just being Nia, which is separate from all of that, but the core part of all of it, as well. Being able to create balance, and even just knowing that, is super important. And just loving who I am, even when I don’t feel that I’m being so lovable. Just accepting myself with all of my greatness and all of my flaws is half the battle for anybody at any age."

  • surprise2012

    Looking good at 45.

  • bemetoo

    Nia looks great glad to see 90's actress still getting work . she is fine line wine age only makes her better

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Made trump walk home. Nope no cars leaving from this spot sir ?????????????????????????????

    And in true trump fashion he said it was like "crossing the border!"

  • Carmen Jones

    You look wonderful Nia!!!

  • Miany

    They used to say I favor her...I never saw it. Guess she was a popular brown chick with a beautiful smile....I've always liked her, probably because they said I favored her so I've always rooted for her.

  • Miany

    Lol...good and fugg Trump 2016!

  • IamAllnatural

    Effortlessly sexy & she seems so cool. I hope I look that good at her age!

  • Sexy CJ

    I SEE U NIA...........&...........I'M FEELING U.............

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  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    My ignorant ass would've been playing "Walk it out", and Spanish music ( The kind they play in bodegas) to piss him off.


    I would love to just strip down and be my most vulnerable self in a feature

  • ebonics

    Shes so gorgeous!! <3

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I love her. So effortlessly sexy and seductive without being over the top. She's not all on social media trying to the most to stay relevant. This is clearly a woman who knows who she is. Beautiful chocolate pride!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Always beautiful Nia is.

  • jussaying

    this was a really great read. love Nia so much and she's always been one of my favorite actresses. I really hope she continues to get diverse work. such a shame someone of her caliber hasn't been able to secure more viable work. just another example of the racial disparity in Hollywood

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Sandra got actual pictures of Nia this time.

  • Finding Forever…

    OH NINA...BEAU-TIIIII-FUL"...I've got to admit girl you're the $hit girl... and I'm digging you like a grave. ... I'm the blues in your left thigh... trying to become the funk in your right. ... And right now I'm the blues in your left thigh... trying to become the funk in your right..." oooorr "You always want what you want when you want it...This here, right now, at this moment, is all that matters to me. I love you. That's urgent like a muthafu$&"...CLASSIC...WELL I FIGURED OUT HOW TO SPEND THIS DREARY EVENING ;)

  • Lovezoe

    Didn't she date your nephew?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers



    Chile, they had it LIT in OC!!!!!!!!!! Mexican flags wavin', bustin' windows outta cop cars, doin' donuts in the intersection... I shed a proud thug tear, LOL

  • southern

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those black heels in the first pic. The leather looking hefty bag of a dress not so much

  • gail jones

    U a mess. Makes her look extra broad at the top....

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy

    Good for his ass! California Mexican's are a different breed. They will act a complete fool and bust a cap in that ass. They have ZERO fcks to give and Chump just pulled their Trump card. ???

  • yoliewinecorporation

    Nia looks Amazing

  • SpideySense

    Trini black don't crack! I love my people

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Nia is a very talented actress that just didn't get many mainstream or definitive roles to match her talent, but they're coming! Maybe I'll be the one to produce them, who knows, but we must all work toward getting our talented actresses more work, box office support and generate eye-popping revenues!!! Loved her in House of Games with Don Cheadle.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I've always like her.???

  • parisjok dean

    she still looks pretty good but she is not that thin in real life. they made her look smaller.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I wonder where she got that garbage bag from in the first pic? Creative to make it into an ugly dress.

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  • Alicia.Ashe

    What!!!!! What I say??!?!?!?! AND Hi

  • SG

    She's gorgeous. Always has been. Black girl magic.


    She bad !!!! Work Nia

  • Fendi


    100 Percent Of Seniors At Chicago School Admitted To College For 7th Year In A Row

    For the seventh consecutive year, Urban Prep Charter Academy is keeping it one hundred.

    Every senior at the predominantly black, all-boys charter school in Chicago has committed to a four-year college or university. At the school’s three campuses combined, the class of 2016 has been admitted to more than 220 schools.

    “It’s a great day,” Rudolph Long, who’s attending Hampton University, told CBS Chicago on Urban Prep’s college signing day on Tuesday. “I feel great. We all made it. We all come from good environments so to see us all going to college is nice.”

    Overall, the senior class has received more than 1,500 college admissions and has been offered more than $15 million in scholarships and grants, according to CBS Chicago. Founder and CEO of Urban Prep Tim King said the students have been admitted to schools all over the country, including Georgetown University, Yale University, Morehouse College, among other schools. King tweeted a photo of some of the seniors at signing day.

  • KB

    Alright Mrs. Nia looking GORGEOUS.

  • aDingoDrankMyBabies

    It does look heftyish???

  • kekeb

    She BAD!! ?

  • Vixen

    Nia looks good with that grown woman weight. She's always been beautiful.

  • che’lint

    Nia Long looks FABULOUS! She makes a lot sense in her answers. I would love to ask her about Chris Webber. Man , I was in love him.

  • Tee Bullock

    Beautiful woman

  • Monday

    She favors Sanaan Lathan on the mag cover

    Still love her. I can't believe she is 45!!! ??

  • jade

    "Being a wife" . . . Did she ever get married or is she still engaged? Anyways, she's always been gorgeous.

  • Hell_On_Heelz

    ?????????????? her!!!! Work it Nia, reppin hard for the Little Brown Women!!!

  • LeBrick James

    Still engaged to the baby daddy.

  • SandraRose

    It doesn't matter if they're married or not, as long as they are good parents to their kids.

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  • LeBrick James

    Some people feel that way.
    Some people don't.

  • parisjok dean

    ok, since she is not legally married with a very young child by him I hope that she at least has a very good insurance policy on him.

    she seems really smart outside of the how to get a man to wife me subject matter

  • Jackie Rayne

    Nia fine AF!!!

  • Guestest1

    Beautiful ! I still think that she will always look better with short hair.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Goooodness gracious! She looks even more beautiful now that's she's gotten older. She is definitely one of those women who looks better with age. On top of not looking her age as well.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yes, she sure is...