Mila J released the music video for her song “Champion” on Tuesday and HipHollywood got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how it was made.
We met up with the Los Angeles native on the set of her video while it was being shot and she opened up about its boxing theme, bright lights, and intense dance routines.
“Me along with the director and choreographer were just thinking back to just videos like in the 90s where it was like, you know, going back to where there were sets, you know what I mean, and lights. A really glossy high-energy feel and thats what we kind of wanted to do with this one because the song just kind of gives you that vibe. It’s just up-tempo fun and it makes you want to dance,” she told HipHollywood.
And if there is anything that this video lacks, it is certainly not dance. The video includes some intense dance numbers that show that Mila can truly hold her own when it comes to breaking it down on the dance floor.
“We’ve been putting on eight hour rehearsals every day, injuries and all that, but its worth it because I think the end product is gonna be … you’re gonna see why the rehearsals were worth it,” she stated when asked about the video’s dance numbers.
Watch the video above to see our exclusive behind the scenes video from this shoot.
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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