There never seems to be a dull moment with the cast of Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset which HipHollywood learned first hand.
Cast members Mike Shouhed, Mercedes Javid, Asa Rahmati and newcomer Asifa Mirza stopped by the HipHollywood loft to talk about their exciting new season, but somehow, we got on the topic of sex. “She answers [the phone] while she’s having sex,” Mike said about Mercedes aka MJ. “The guy’s in the back like ‘dude, get off the phone.'”
MJ added, “All Persians are horny all the time, some are just more vocal about it.”
The candid conversation didn’t seem to be a shock for newcomer, Asifa who joined in on the fun. And when it came to getting to know the Shahs crew, Mirza explained she “didn’t know what to expect. I was a little nervous and a little anxious. But it was fun getting to know them.”
But it wasn’t all peaches and roses in the beginning. The beauty admitted that her co-star Mike had a hard time accepting she and her boyfriend, Bobby Panahi to the group because of past beef. “Mike’s part of the group and we are new, coming in,” she said. “He’s like ‘who are these people? I’m going to agro on them.’ He was kind of being a little passive aggressive and then my man came in and showed him what’s up and it was all love afterward.'”
It is worth noting that Asifa’s boyfriend was once her husband, whom she is now dating and would like to marry again.
So what can you expect this season? Mike will be planning his wedding to Jessica Parido, Asa will be getting in touch with her artistic side and MJ will be finding love. “I want children one day,” MJ told us. “So the only way I’m going to do that is by falling in love, finding a good man.”
Be sure to tune into Shahs of Sunset on Monday nights on Bravo at 9 p.m.c.
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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