Just a few months after the passing of co-star, Stephanie Moseley, the cast and crew of VH1’s Hit the Floor began production for Season 3. But for the actors, returning to set following the loss of their loved one was extremely difficult.
“Stephanie has a light that will always shine, no matter if she’s on this earth or not,” the show’s star, Logan Browning told HipHollywood this week during a set visit on Venice Beach. “We always pay our homage to Stephanie and a piece of her is inside all of us, inside Michael our choreographer. I can see her, I can feel her everywhere.”
Devils basketball player and one of the show’s big names, Robert Christopher Riley shared with HipHollywood that there is no Hit the Floor without Moseley. “She was the first thing anybody saw about Hit the Floor,” he said. “That first teaser with the girl going backwards, seemingly going backwards, but she wasn’t going backwards, but she was so dope it actually looked like she was going backwards … That was Steph. There is no Hit the Floor without Steph as far as I’m concerned.”
Valery Ortiz also chimed in, revealing that they had a memorial before they started filming the new season. Ortiz shared that it was a “really beautiful way to come back to the show before we got on set, before scripts, before fittings. Everyone in this room celebrating her life.”
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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