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Exclusive: D. Woods Opens Up About Starring In Kandi Burruss’ Musical

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D. Woods has been making her rounds on the big screen and the big stage.

The former Danity Kane singer, who appeared in MoNique’s latest film, Blackbird also had the opportunity to star alongside Kandi Burrus in her feature musical, A Mother’s Love, a production loosely based on Burruss’ life and relationship with her mother.

While on the red carpet for the premiere of Blackbird at the Pan African Film Festival, Woods talked with HipHollywood about her experience working on the production.

“It was a really great experience, especially working with the legends, Eddie Levert and Shirley Murdock,” she told us. “Kandi was such a great person to work with, great to look up to her and her entrepreneurship.”

She added, “We graduated from the same high school, but just to know that she was giving opportunities back. We actually went back to our high school and chose high school students who had little featured roles in the musical. We are just keeping it moving and passing the baton.”

A Mother’s Love, which ran in November of 2013, is being chronicled during this season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

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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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