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Chris Brown Gets Political: “Love Is Not A Crime”

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Chris Brown is lending his voice to raise awareness for a troubling social issue in Africa. On Wednesday, Brown took to Twitter to express his support for the gay and lesbian community by calling on Cameroon’s President to stop the persecution of gays in his country.

“Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who you wanna love. Stop the hate,” Chris wrote, linking to a petition asking President Paul Biya to accept United Nations recommendations to protect homosexuals.

Those recommendations include preventing violence and discrimination, ending a law in the country that makes it a crime to be gay, and freeing all people in imprisoned for participating in sexual acts; such acts are currently punishable by up to five years in prison.

Brown’s tweet signals a more responsible approach from the singer to combatting homophobia. In the past, the singer appeared in a video calling someone a “f*ggot” during a fight. And singer Frank Ocean, who is also bisexual, claims Brown called him the word during a fight at a Los Angeles recording studio earlier this year.

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  1. Norman Dostal

    October 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    and the gays collectively respond-sorry you piece of shit-we dont want your support!

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Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!

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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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