Professional dancer Keo Motsepe has made a huge splash on season 19 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars as the show’s first Black dancer and first representative of his native country, South Africa.
“Everyone so different and I obviously bring something different to the show,” Keo told us during a recent interview in the HipHollywood loft. “For me it’s very important and it’s very big that I do what I love and I keep doing what I do everyday.”
But with all the 24-year-old’s dancing success, would he ever leave the ballroom for the big screen? Not entirely, but he did tell us that “if I get the opportunity to get TV work … I’m open for that.”
During HipHollywood’s chat with the 24-year-old, the dancer also opened up about being the first to be eliminated. Motsepe and his dancing partner, Olympian Lolo Jones opened up the season with a not so stellar Cha Cha, which landed them at the bottom of the leader board.
“It was bad, it was good. Bad for I felt sorry for her to go because I knew if she goes I’m still going to be on the show,” he said. “She was committed, she had a passion for dance.”
You can still see Keo’s killer dance moves on DWTS every Monday/Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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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