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Shonda Rhimes To Make Acting Debut On The Mindy Project



Shonda Rhimes, the brains behind ABC’s Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder is known for her killer writing and epic story lines. The producer might be brilliant at what she does, but when it comes to being in front of the camera, the star is usually not about that life … Until now.

The 44-year-old revealed on Twitter on Thursday that she will be starring on an episode of FOX’s The Mindy Project! (Insert tire squeal here)

“Shh. Nobody tell that I can neither act nor appear lifelike on camera. NO ONE STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING! ,” Rhimes tweeted about her acting debut.

In response to Shonda’s revelation, Minday tweeted:

“Welcome to the world of #TheMindyProject @shondarhimes! We are so excited to have you.”

According to TVLine the Scandal creator, who is a huge fan of Kaling’s, will play herself on the show. Shonda is set to begin shooting early next month and the episode will air sometime this fall.

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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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