He’s the man behind some of gospel’s most progressive music, but you might be shocked to learn what this Grammy Award winner listens to in his car.
During a recent interview with Kirk Franklin to talk about his latest album, Losing My Religion, Franklin revealed to us exclusively that he is a big fan of Kendrick Lamar, Adele, Justin Bieber and … Taylor Swift. “I think she is an incredible song writer,” he said of Swift.
Kirk, who just announced his first solo tour, has been taking his own music and song writing to another level. “The album [Losing My Religion] for me feels like a movie, feels very cinematic in its approach. It feels very linear,” the singer told us.
As for the title, Kirk tells us it’s a concept “I’ve been talking like that for a long time; about how a relationship with God was always supposed to be what we pursue, not the list of questions that we give people when they walk in church.”
Losing My Religion is available now.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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