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NeNe Leakes Headed To Broadway, Star Gets Added To Cast Of Cinderella

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NeNe Leakes has been added to the Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, Cinderella

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star will make her Broadway debut in the musical, as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, Madame. The reality star will make her big entrance on November 25, just six weeks before the musical closes.

The former Dancing with the Stars contestant will succeed Sherri Shepherd, who will perform the role September 9 through November 22.

“It’s official! I am headed 2 BROADWAY CINDERELLA Nov 25th. Ain’t God good 2 a little black girl from Athens Ga,” Leakes tweeted late Wednesday night.

The 46-year-old will star alongside Keke Palmer (Ella), and Judy Kaye (Fairy Godmother). The show will play its final performance on January 3, 2015.

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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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