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Kanye West Did Not Drop New Album

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The Internet was buzzing on Monday afternoon after a photo of what appeared to be the track list to Kanye West’s forthcoming album hit the Internet.

Immediately, fans speculated that the rapper quietly released his anticipated project on Tidal, a brand new music streaming site. But as exciting as that would have been, it was untrue.

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After logging onto the site, all that appears is previous albums from Yeezus. As for the track list, the rapper’s rep tells E! News that too is bogus.

And although Ye can’t officially be added to the small group of artists to quietly release albums, we are positive when he does, it is sure to be an anomaly.

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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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