7.15.2009

Is actress Nia Long correct?: “If you’re a singer not an actress, you should sing."

In the July '09 edition of Pride Magazine, which is called the UK's version of ESSENCE, actress Nia Long graces the cover. But her cover shot isn't the thing that has created an Internet buzz but her words on the inside.

In the interview, she shares her thoughts about the on-going trend of singers becoming actors and how they do not have the skills.

“If you’re a singer not an actress, you should sing. If you’re a rapper, you should rap", she said.

When asked about her thoughts on platinum artist Beyonce’ performance in the movie Obsessed she said “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."


Questions: Do you agree with Nia Long? Do you think this may have been a tactic on behalf of the interviewer to pit Nia Long against Beyonce, hence the headlines on the Internet?


Do you think without respect for the art, people many times won't approach it to become a master but give mediocre efforts just to get a check?

Let me know your thoughts.

15 comments:

  1. Of course it "may have been a tactic ...to pit Nia Long against Beyonce" - this is the magazine business, and they (publishers)are there to make money. And what would sell magazines more than a sensational headline claiming that one big star is trashing another? That being said, Nia is entirely right. There is such a lack of respect for the art and craft of acting (and some would argue, the art and craft of virtually everything else) that people have become accustomed to crap. We mistake a little melismatic singing for high art, we can no longer recognize a good singer from a bad, or a good actress from a bad. And for those of yu who don't know - Beyonce is a bad actress. She needs to stay where her strength is (singing), because acting is definitely NOT her forte.

    Kalema

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  2. She is absolutely correct!

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  3. Beyonce is not the only horrible actress from the music industry but Obsesses was a tragedy!

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  4. Nia is right! If you're not serious about being a master stay away from the field....stop disrespecting

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  5. Yes I agree that this may have been a tactic too but however Nia Long is speaking truth. But it's just not the movie industry....too many of us think we can JUST jump into any industry when we get inspired but won't but in the work to be the best. I think money has corrupted the art....Just like she mentioned Jamie Foxx as a good example of someone who takes it seriously, I think Puff Daddy puts in work.

    Thanks for the info Brother Jesse....you take your industries seriously (smile)

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  6. Ok, she has a good point. But I also think that this is being drummed up on the Internet falsely as Nia vs Beyonce. I think she was just addressing the situation in general but the magazine's question stirred up what I see as frustration on the part of Nia who undoubtedly has been going through much as a Black woman in Hollywood.

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  7. Nia is definitely right. Like Talib said, "So our kids looking up to drug dealers and rappers. Taking away all the work away from our black actors."

    That strategy to use people with a brand name is only for the purpose of revenue. By the same token, we've seen numerous rappers who've made great actors; Will Smith, Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, 2Pac (my guilty pleasure is watching 50's "Curly Series"--with some acting classes...)

    As for the pitting Nia against Beyonce, she certainly fell for that trap, but she needed to express her truth. I think she could've answered it more tacticly, but at least the dialogue will continue and be amplified.

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  8. I do understand that to master anything there must be study done of those who are masters. There are those who spirit can not be put into a bottle an they follow a different path that may end up with the level of masters. At some point the will is fused with the spirit and the way becomes established. There are those who know that we are of the one Soul. Peace to all.

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  9. I am enjoying the feedback! Thank you all.

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  10. Nia is correct. Everything is being dummied down for the dollar.

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  11. I personally hate singers and rappers in movies.. not because they are not actors, its because they usually suck and screw up an otherwise good movie. What was wrong with the formula of casting good actors to sell tickets?? with that being said, If I was a singer/rapper and was offered a roll I'd accept it too.

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  12. Nia Long is right.
    Obsessed would have been better with someone else. Beyonce is a horrible actress! Every single movie she's been in, she's been terrible. She really needs to stick to singing and dancing. You can't have everything.

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  13. Nia is correct. I believe you should stick to acting if you act. Simple because, it's tough for blacks in the movie industry and I'm speaking about our Top rated brothers and sisters. I read that Isaiah Washington-I believe from Grey's Anatomy-is struggling to make his mortgage payment because there's very little work offered to top black actors. If you can act sing, dance or rap and you can sell a million copies of whatever, then you can bump off that brother/sister who has putin work...

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  14. What about rappers/singers who do a pretty good job ? Queen Latifah, Will Smith (with whom Nia Long starred with in Made in America), LL Cool J, and to a lesser extent Ice Cube and Ice T. These three off the top seem to do a pretty good job. Latifah and Smith have done awarded nominated work. LL Cool J, Cube and Ice T don't embarass the acting craft in their roles and have proven to be servicable actors. Nia Long is right to a point. I also feel that Nia Long may be being blacklisted as she has been very vocal in her status and lack of work as an actress. Nia Long SHOULD be getting more work as she is gorgeous, intellegent and put in her work to a point to where she should be able to have steady work. I wouldn't solely blame young rappers and singers, but the business as a whole. It's a shame we don't see more of Vivica Fox, Nia Long, Lela Rechon or that accomplished actors ie' Scott Lawrence late of JAG playing Postman # 3 in an non-speaking USPS commercial. This is not good

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  15. Nia is correct. Yes you have the exceptions as mentioned in earlier comments, but Beyonce is no actress by a long shot. She is a heck of an entertainer but she needs to leave acting alone.

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