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Nia Long covers ‘Essence’s’ April issue

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Nia Long is posing it up in a Michael Costello jumpsuit like the bad chick that she is on the April 2014 cover of Essence Magazine.  And the movie star is dishing on why she’s decided to do everything herself without nannies. Check out more from Nia’s interview below. –Joi Pearson

Before her new movie Single Moms Club hits theaters next week (March 14), Nia Long is dishing about her own mothering skills and why she doesn’t need help from anyone to raise those in her household.

She said in her new Essence cover story:

“I’m not a movie star mom who’s got a private chef, a nanny and a driver.  My mantra is, ‘You created this, you can handle it.'”

She gushed about what they do in their down time that she’s happy no one can see:

“I think that if you’re committed to being a great mother, single or not, you’re going to enjoy every moment you have with your children.  I love when it’s just the three of us and no one can see how silly we’re acting. The preciousness of it all makes the tough days a little bit easier.”

Nia even has her oldest son starring in ‘The Single Moms Club’ movie with her.  But he wasn’t just handed the role, he had to try out:

“I was so nervous Massai wouldn’t get the job. I didn’t want to have to break disappointing news, so I explained to him that as long as he gave it his best that’s all that mattered.  I also told him that life has highs and lows, wins and losses. Just as I was saying all this, the phone rang. It was my agent with the good news. We did the happy dance and started packing our bags.”

And how did little Massai repay mom?  He wrote her a seriously sweet letter.  In part, it read:

“Filming ‘The Single Moms Club’ was a lot of fun. It was awesome working with you, and I can’t imagine how hard it would have been if you weren’t there.  Now I really understand how hard you work. You are loving, and are always there for me and my little brother … You have taught me to have a voice and fear nothing but the Lord.”

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