[UPDATE:] Evelyn Lozada’s rep sent HipHollywood the following statement explaining the reality TV star’s reason for pulling out of the Basketball Wives reunion special.
“Your story is not accurate. Evelyn’s reasons for not wanting to film the reunion is solely because she refuses to further talk about or discuss her ex-husband. And, Evelyn Lozada never stated that production could sue her.”
It looks like Monday night’s finale of Basketball Wives will be the last time fans will see Shaunie, Evelyn, Susie, Tasha and Tami until next season.
HipHollywood has learned that producers have nixed their planned reunion special because of tension between cast members … namely Tami, Evelyn and newbie, Tasha Marbury.
A source revealed to HH that Marbury is still salty about Lozada writing about her husband Stephon’s affair in her book, and believes Lozada is “not as loyal of a friend” as she claims to be.
The source tells us exclusively that since filming wrapped Lozada has fallen out with both Marbury and Roman, and is now afraid that both ladies will air certain secrets involving her relationship with former husband Chad Johnson and new relationship with L.A. Dodger Carl Crawford during the reunion.
The source would not divulge what those “secrets” were, but did say Lozada was so adamant about not being involved in the reunion that she even told production that they could “sue her” if necessary.
HH reached out to Lozada for comment but has not heard back.
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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