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Ice Cube Brings New Meaning to N.W.A. in “22 Jump Street”

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If there’s one thing Ice Cube is good at, it’s bringing the attitude. The rap icon and former N.W.A frontman has become known for his mean mug and brash hip hop lyrics, and he’s bringing a combination of the two to his performance in the comedy sequel 22 Jump Street.

HipHollywood sat down with Cube’s co-stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill to talk about the flick and working with the Iceman.

“I think on the first movie, I don’t think he trusted Chris and Phil or us,” laughed Channing. “Then I think he saw the first movie and liked it, and obviously his character, and then now he has a bigger part … and he just came to play.”

But the guys also spent a lot of time between shooting talking to Cube about his gangster raps days, so much so Hill said they could have made a documentary.

“I basically spent six months between the two movies in a room with Ice Cube ad Channing,” said Hill. “I asked him every possible question about every one of his albums, every one of his songs.”

22 Jump Street is in theaters June 13th.

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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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