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Regina King

Regina King began her acting career in the early '80s and hasn't stopped

I of course asked her about her fitness routine, and her ability to juggle motherhood and her career. Regina says, "I’ve always been an athlete. I ran track when I was in high school and that regime just continued on into my adult life. I try to remain as active as possible. Now that I’m older, just making 40 this year, I ‘m starting to recognize that even if I do workout, I have to watch what I eat. Like it just doesn’t burn off as quickly anymore, and tends to want to stick around in my mid section. It’s something I’ve heard my older friends say. I never believed it, and thought I could just hike an extra mile. But not so much. The older you get, you don’t need as much food, you don’t have to consume as much. You have to train your mind to tell your body that you don’t need the whole plate or a second helping.

"Whenever I’m asked about my ability to handle my mothering responsibilities, I want to make sure everyone knows that I respect all career women…no matter your field or type of work. It’s hard for all of us. Me personally, I have a wonderful support group. I’m one of the people that believe it takes a village. I have only one child, so I’ve been blessed that I’ve never had to have a nanny. I have a great group of friends - my son went to the same school from first to eighth grade, so there were four families that we got very close with, helping each other out whenever possible. My sisters are very close to me and they are present and my ex-husband is very much present in our son’s life."

Regina encourages us to tune into "Southland," the TNT series in which she currently stars. "All of the energy is going towards that, and making sure that there are enough viewers so that we’re picked up for a fourth season." For my own selfish reasons, I asked if the rumors of The Boondocks wrapping their last season was true. She responded, "I don’t know. One moment I hear that we aren’t, then I hear that we are. Last confirmation was that we weren’t. So I don’t know. I have no idea!"

Regina's final message to the CurlyNikki community? "Curly or straight, we’re all fierce! Y’all will get the exclusive when I cut the relaxer out…I may even send a home video!"

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Nikki, I love you. I love Regina King. But why this article? Are you expanding out from natural curls to include ALL hair types/styles/regimens? Whether Regina was natural in the past or planning to be in the future, this article was about straight, relaxed hair.

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