In the July ‘09 issue of Pride (UK equivalent to Essence), actress Nia Long has lashed out at singers pretending to be actors and speaks on how the craft has suffered due to it. Peep what she said:
Asked what she thought about Beyonce’ performance in Obsessed:
“I didn’t see ‘Obsessed,’ so I can’t comment” she says “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’”
She says there are some exceptions in Hollywood:
“If you take time to develop your craft, God bless you. Jamie Foxx is an example of both [actor and singer].”
On the quality of roles Hollywood offers Black actresses:
“If you were able to take all the Black actresses and the choices we’ve made collectively, it’s a pure reflection of what you see on film. People need to work. But the content? The opportunities for Black actresses are more widespread today, but the quality has suffered,” she offered.