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Mehki Phifer Wants to Bring “Soul Food” Back?

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With rumors swirling that beloved 90s movies like Love Jones and Waiting to Exhale  would be getting sequels, HipHollywood couldn’t help but ask Mekhi Phifer what character from the 90s he’d love to play again.

“You know Soul Food would be interesting to see where they are now, that would be an interesting dynamic,” said Phifer who played Lem in the film alongside Nia Long, Vanessa Williams and Vivica A. Fox. “Have everybody come back for one last Sunday dinner, that would be very interesting.”

We caught up with the 40-year old New York native to talk about his current role as Max in the wildly popular Veronica Roth series The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

“This is my first time doing a film series like this so it’s kind of interesting for me because I don’t know where the character is going” explained Phifer.  “I don’t know where they are going to take him, I don’t quite know what makes him tick yet, but it’s an interesting ride.”

In Insurgent Phifer becomes somewhat of a villain along with Kate Winslet, as they hunt down Tris and Four played by Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

“When you look at Max’s character you can look at him like a general in an army or the marines,” explained Phifer.  “Order and following orders is very key to the success in the marines and the armed forces, so I think don’t think its a bad thing in his mind. I don’t think people will agree, but I think order is a big part of his personality, so I can relate to that.”

You can see Mehki in The Divergent Series: Insurgent in theaters March 20.

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Exclusive: Niecy Nash, Olivia Munn, Jason George Proud Of Black Female Voters In Alabama

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Black women in America should be very, very proud!

On Tuesday night, the voting numbers from Alabama’s senate election came flying in and it was made immediately clear, that the record holding election could not have happened without the Black female vote.

Helping push democrat, Doug Jones, to victory over republican, Roy Moore, was that of Black voters residing in the southern state. According to the numbers, 92% of Black men and 97% of Black women voted for Jones.

“Black women in Alabama changed the whole game. At the end of the day, the Black vote is changing the game,” Jason George told HipHollywood on Wednesday morning during the SAG Awards announcements ceremony. “People are waking up. People aren’t just taking it anymore, they are realizing their voice do actually make a difference.”

Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash, who announced the SAG nominees, were also thankful and proud of the numbers. “Thank you to all the voters who came out to vote,” Muss said. “It just really shows the power you have if you just show up.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, who’s show Black-ish was nominated or an ensemble cast, even wrote on Instagram: “THIS ~ this is just one example of the strength and power of black women and men. this is what we mean when we say every vote matters.”

She added, “This is what is possible when you stand up and make your voice heard. THANK YOU ALABAMA FOR THIS. now let’s all get ready and mobilized for midterms.”

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