Nia Long caught up with Black Voices , to talk about her new film, “MOOZ-LUM”…in theaters TODAY.
Read excerpts below>>>
What’s your role in ‘Mooz-lum?’
Nia Long: I play Safiyah, the mother of Tariq. She’s a Muslim African American woman, obviously. She’s a very contemporary, soulful, passionate woman who I think her main focus is on her children.
It’s been a while since you did a feature film. The last film you appeared in was the Chris Rock documentary ‘Good Hair.’ Why did you take on this independent film?
NL: Honestly, when I pick my roles, I pick them based on the content and what moves me and what I feel like is a project that’s going to be meaningful. When you don’t see me in something it’s usually because either I wasn’t right for it or it just wasn’t of interest to me. And to be quite frank, there hasn’t really been a lot going on. It’s a very difficult time.
The subject matter here is powerful. Did you do any research into the Muslim community and were there challenges you faced?
NL: I absolutely did. I spent a lot of time with the director’s mother who really talked to me about their life and then also about the faith and sort of what she went through as his mom. Wait, there’s more…
February 11, 2011
I was amongst the invited media to attend the exclusive screening of this film, which was held last night here in Atlanta. Unfortunately I was unable to attend, but I’m hearing such powerful reviews and the trailer gives us a glimpse of this powerful story and the amazing actors who portray it so well.
Nia Long has been laying kinda low, so I’m happy to see her in something new. But the real focus of this project is actor Evan Ross, who as you know is Diana Ross’ son. He’s garnering such a respect as an actor based on the quality of work (which includes: ATL, PRIDE, 90210), and the intensity he brings to his work, and he’s definitely someone we can expect great things from in the film world. I definitely see an Academy Award in his future.
Let’s support quality films, but even more importantly, quality black films. Check out the trailer below, and click the link to DEMAND IT IN YOUR CITY!!! Wait, there’s more…