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It was thirteen years ago today that our nation was shaken by terror attacks in New York, Washington and western Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died in the horrific events that will never be forgotten and today, celebrities are taking to social media to remember 9/11.

Dwyane Wade: “Never,” he wrote on Instagram, including an image of that reads “We Will Never Forget.”

Teyana Taylor: “Just walked out of my Buildin…& 13 years later…I see this #Sep11th #NeverForget #InLovingMemory.”

Porsha Williams: “God bless the families & victims of #911 #NeverForget.”

LeBron James: “#UnitedWeStand #TogetherWeStandAsWell.”

Trina: “My condolences goes out to any and everyone that lost a loved one on this day. 9/11/2001.”

Missy Elliott: “Praying 4 all the family’s who loved ones passed away during 9/11 May u have peace/healing & strength & the survivors to … Today is a day that we all endured pain across the world. I was in NY on this day & it still effect me so I pray for the families.”

Queen Latifah: “Let us take a little time today to reflect on all those we lost on 9/11/11. May God continue to guide and bless those families. #NeverForget.”

Vince Carter: “Prayers up to the families and friends that were affected on this day of 9/11. May God bless you all. 1 Love VC.”

Russell Simmons: “A smile, even when it feels forced at first is what gives us strength to continue. Let’s share a smile & send our love to those we lost #911.”

The anniversary will be marked in observance ceremonies across the nation throughout the day. Six moments of silence will take place for each plane that crashed and for each World Trade Center tower that collapsed. The US flag above the White House has also been lowered to half-staff. President Obama is set to speak at the Pentagon at 6:30 a.m. PT.

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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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