Niecy Nash happy to portray a wife, not a sidepiece

    Niecy NashWhile it seems a lot of attention is given to TV shows that feature Black women as mistresses, Niecy Nash said she’s glad she’s playing a happy wife on “The Soul Man.”

    “A lot of the brown girls have to play the sidepiece these days, so I’m happy to be the rib tip,” Niecy told Her TV Land sitcom, co-starring Cedric the Entertainer, returns tonight. NeNe said the loving relationship between the primary characters drew her to the role.

    “In this climate where you have so many negative images in television, I continue to play half of a happily married couple. When Cedric first asked me to play his wife on the show, I asked him, ‘Are we happily married?’ I don’t to be a mean wife or argumentative with the man. I want to be in love,’” Niecy said. “So, I’m excited that we get to be that sort of Black couple in love on television.”

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    Brandy Norwood talks to about her guest appearance on “The Soul Man” returning Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. EST.

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