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Exclusive: Is “Neighbors” star Jerrod Carmichael the next Jamie Foxx?

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If you don’t know the name Jerrod Carmicheal you will soon. The 26 year old comedian is making major moves in 2014 with an upcoming HBO stand–up comedy special directed by Spike Lee, a pilot on NBC and a co-starring role in the comedy Neighbors starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Byrne and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

HipHollywood sat down with the stand-up comedian who told us he had lots of freedom to do his thing in the Seth Rogen penned comedy.

“While shooting they gave us the freedom to say what was right for the scene, the writers would yell out these alt lines, so it was a good blend of solid script and just have fun with this,” said Carmicheal.

And they definitely did. The film follows a married couple (Rogen and Byrne) who are forced to live next door to a frat house after having a newborn. Efron, who plays the obnoxious frat leader told us about being shirtless for most of the movie, while his co-star Dave Franco gushed about the opportunity to show his butt on the big screen. Check it out!

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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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