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If there’s one Hollywood actress just about every Black man has fantasized about, it’s Nia Long. The 45-year-old stunner has been in the business for over two decades, and like fine wine, she’s never looked better.

For the April/May issue of Uptown Magazine, the beauty talked about the dream acting role, her parenting style, and the Oscars controversy. She also slays the editorial spread in sexy high-slit dresses.

Read a few nuggets from the interview, below.

On her long-standing career: “I’m a woman over 40, so thank God I’m working. 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 … 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.”

On her unpredictable relationship with Ime Udoka: “The disadvantage is that we don’t know how far we’re going to go in the playoffs. We could be in playoffs mode for the championship, and that could last until late June. If I put my kids in camp, and we’re traveling with daddy, then I’ve just wasted a bunch of money. That keeps our life exciting and unpredictable, but it also makes me a little crazy because I am a planner, and an A-type personality. I do like to know what everybody is doing. If you don’t know what your kids are doing, then you can’t carve out that much needed time for yourself, whether it’s just to go to the spa or to figure out what my next project is.”

On her dream role: “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.”

On the Oscar snubs: “A great product deserves acknowledgement and celebration. I didn’t see all the films this year, but I thought Straight Outta Compton was robbed. That film was flawless. To not see that happen was very odd for me, especially coming from the family of Boyz n the Hood. Straight Outta Compton, in many ways, enlightened this newer generation the same way that Boyz did.”

Read the entire interview at Uptown Magazine dot com.

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