Nia Long ‘Flaunt Your Curves’ Essence Magazine April, 2014!

resizedimageNia Long covers Essence Magazine for April, 2014.

American actress. She is best known for her roles in the television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Third Watch, and the films In Too Deep, Boyz n the Hood, Friday, Boiler Room, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Big Momma’s House, and the sequels to the latter two films.

Long was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Talita, a teacher and printmaker, and Doughtry “Doc” Long, a high school teacher and poet. Her family is of Trinidadian descent.[1][2] Her name, Nia, is one of the seven days of Kwanzaa, which means purpose in Swahili. Long was only two years old when her parents were divorced. She moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where her mother studied fine arts. Long subsequently moved to a South Los Angeles neighborhood when she was seven years old, where her mother was supposed to get married. The wedding was called off, but Talita had fallen in love with L.A. and they stayed.[3] Long’s father currently resides in Trenton, New Jersey.

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Viola Davis ‘Growing Up And Wigs’ For Essence October 2013!

Image00001Viola Davis fronts Essence October 2013. She is an actress from Fences and Intimate Apparel. Her new film ‘Prisoners’ is set to arrive in theaters on September 20, 2013. The Help actress in an interview, he opens up the first time she met her husband. She also talks about why she gave up on wigs after she battled breast cancer.

On her confidence growing up:

“My image of myself [as a youth] was in the mouths of young White kids calling me ugly and then going home to a mother who did not fully embrace her own beauty.”

On finding love through prayer:

“I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before. I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself. I met my husband three and a half weeks later, an ex-football player from Austin, Texas. On one our first dates, he took me to church.”

On saying goodbye to her wigs:

“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”

On hair lovers:

“There’s not one woman in America who does not care about her hair. But we give it way too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we’ll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks. I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.”9

Essence October 2013!

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‘Jill Scott’ New TV Movie, Hairstyle And Men For Essence October 2012!

Jill Scott is featured in the October 2012 issue of Essence!

In the issue:

“This is the simplest form of myself. I look in the mirror and it’s like, ‘Hey, there you go. What’s up, girl?’ For me, hair is an accoutrement. Hair is jewelry. It’s an accessory. Tomorrow I may want a wig down to my butt and I’m gonna rock it, and the next day I may want a big Afro and I’m gonna rock that too…”—Jill Scott

Steel Magnolias airs Sunday, October 7, 2012 on Lifetime.

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‘Jada Pinkett Smith’ Represents The September Issue Of Essence!

Jada Pinkett is absolutely gorgeous as she represents the September issue of Essence Magazine. The happily married wife of Will Smith will soon be forty one. The Hollywood star is on a mission to raise awareness about human trafficking everywhere.

Inside the issue she opens up about everything from false divorce rumors surrounding her marriage to Will, critics of her parenting skills, and why she feels so strongly about saving young women involved in the sex trafficking world.

JADA’S JOURNEY…

“When something speaks to you as brightly and as strongly as this particular issue speaks to me, you just put every resource that you have to move things forward. That’s what we do, we move fast. It’s the entertainment business. You have to move like a rocket. We’re talking about people’s lives…”

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‘Nia Long’ Single, Satisfied & Raising Her Two Sons For Essence August 2012!

Nia Long & her sons are featured in the August 2012 issue of Essence. Long is an American dancer and actress, she is known for being a star in The French Prince of Bel-Air. She was also seen in Boiler Room, Soul Food and Are We There Yet?

In the issue:

I’m in my forties, post baby and I’m thinner than I’ve been in years. The last step will be letting my hair go natural. That’s when you’ll know I’m free…”” —NIA LONG

We’ve all watched NIA LONG grow up on-screen. At 41, with her pixie cut and eternally young good looks, she’s the hip-hop generation’s fantasy girlfriend. Now as she embraces life with her sons (including a new baby!), her partner and a reconnection with her father, the star tells Essence that she has never felt more fulfilled”.

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‘Mary J. Blige’ You’ve Got To Make You Feel Better, Essence June 2012!

Mary J. Blige is featured in the June 2012 issue of ESSENCE.  Blige is an American singer, songwriter,  record producer and occasional rapper and actress. She was named the mag’s guest editor for the June issue!

 “I was never really able to look at myself in the mirror until I began to hear God telling me I was beautiful. Suddenly, other people started telling me I was beautiful, too, because I had started believing it…”—Mary J. Blige, ESSENCE

Be sure to check out Mary’s upcoming performance at the 2012 ESSENCE Music Festival.

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