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Exclusive: Nicci Gilbert “Distraught” Over Charmayne Maxwell’s Death

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Singer Nicci Gilbert is mourning the death of her former Brownstone group mate, Charmayne Maxwell who died on Friday evening after a tragic fall.

“Nicci is very sad &  distraught,” Gilbert’s rep tells HipHollywood exclusively.

Maxwell was found unconscious and bleeding profusely inside her Los Angeles home by her husband, music producer Carsten Soulshock. The singer, who was one of three members of the 90’s r&b group Brownstone, died after she fell and cut her neck on a wine glass.

“R.I.P my beautiful sister Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell. I can’t even believe I’m typing this right now,” Maxwell’s brother, Brandon tweeted on Saturday. “Bad things happened to the most innocent people. My sister died in the most terrible way and I’m in so much pain right now. I can’t stop shaking.”

The 46-year-old had just returned home from her son’s soccer game and was home alone with him when the incident occurred.

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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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