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Nia Long Covers ESSENCE's April 2014 Issue + Lupita Nyong'o Flosses Her POWER, Helps Clarins SELL OUT!


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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 "Single Moms Club" star is dishing on why she's decided to do everything herself without nannies.


Check out her cover inside, plus how Lupita Nyong'o just showed her amazing influence and retail power...

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

So it's just Nia, who recently starred in the box office hit Best Man Holiday, and her man Ime Udoka (an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs) raising their two boys, 13-year-old Massai (from Nia's previous relationship) and 2-year-old Kez.  But they seem to have it under control.

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."

Awww.  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?  With 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."

How adorable is this?!


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And if you're wondering if Lupita Nyong'o (who was just nominated for an MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance) has the ability to push a product....she's already proven so. 

At Sunday night's Oscars, host Ellen Degeneres went around the star-studded audience asking for celebs to put money into Pharrell's hat to collect enough tip money for the pizza guy (for that random pizza she ordered for the audience).

Lupita hilariously threw in her lip balm...and now, the company behind her balm has totally sold out of the product.

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It was barely shown on tv...it was seen for like, a quick second...but folks were so pressed to get any glimpse of what could possibly make Lupita so damn beautiful, that tons of folks figured out it was a tube of CLARINS HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm.

According to a press release from Clarins, the balm“almost sold out across the country over night”.  Wow!

The company ordered more lipbalm from Paris to quickly restock, but they could barely keep up.  While we love that Ms. Lupita already has this much pull in the retail and beauty space....we doubt this $24 lip balm is the secret to her uncanny beauty.  Good genes and natural beauty aren't sold in jars!


Photos: Essence/Getty

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