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Watch This! ‘The Butler’ Trailer Released



Finally, a glimpse at Lee Daniels’ highly anticipate film, The Butler, has been released.

The movie is based on the life of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker), a butler who served eight Presidents in the White House from 1952 to 1986.

The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey and Terrence Howard. When HipHollywood spoke to Howard earlier this year, he had some very interesting things to say about his love scene with Oprah.

Check out The Butler trailer below. Will you go see the film when it hits theaters October 18th?


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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