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Exclusive: Kenya Moore Warned Claudia Jordan The RHOA Journey Would Be Wildly Difficult

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If you’ve been tuning into Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta, you’ll know that most of the new drama has been brewing between NeNe Leakes and newcomer, Claudia Jordan. Jordan seems to be handling the petty fights and verbal battles seemingly well, but maybe it’s because co-star Kenya Moore warned her ahead of time.

During a recent interview with Moore, the reality star talked with HipHollywood about her relationship with Claudia and specifically, what kind of tips she had for the model before entering the lions den. “When she transitioned to the show, I had a lot of advice for her. It can be really tough. I didn’t have a big sister or mentor to tell me look out for this, don’t do this, don’t say that, this is what can snowball into that. I didn’t have anyone to help me during my initial season on the show. I had a lot of advice for Claudia.”

“Basically, be true to yourself,” Moore said. “Don’t let these girls change who you are. Don’t let them get you out of character. Know that you need to develop your own relationships with them not based on me and who I like, or who doesn’t like me. This is not high school.”

RHOA airs Sunday night’s at 8 p.m.

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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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