Will Smith might not have any producer credits in the upcoming film, Brotherly Love, but according to Queen Latifah, the Philadelphia native’s youth is all over the script.
“Will is an ever-present figure in everything. Plus, it’s Overbook High, that’s his high school,” Latifah, executive producer of the film told HipHollywood exclusively. “His youth and how he grew up is all over this script, Charlie Mack is all over this script … It’s just kind of the way he grew up and being able to tell a story he can relate to.”
The film’s star, Keke Palmer also revealed that one of the film’s production offices was the house that Smith grew up in.
Brotherly Love, which is set in Philly, is a story about family, love and the fight between two neighborhoods. The drama follows the Taylor siblings and the eldest brother’s journey to lead his family to greatness.
Played by Cory Hardrict, the oldest Taylor brother has some heavy shoes to fill; keeping his brother Sergio, played by Eric Hill focused on basketball and making sure his sister, played by Palmer doesn’t get sidetracked by her teenage love.
“Jackie is just in a place in her life where she is tired of playing the role of Jackie,” Keke told us. “She is tired of being the princess of the family but she doesn’t know who she is outside of that. She meets someone in the film that also sees that she is ready to explore the many different levels of who she is.”
The man that steals Palmer’s heart, Quincy Brown, the son of Kim Porter and Al B. Sure! “I am the new guy in town. I fall in love and coming with that it wasn’t just an easy route of love,” Quincy told us. “It was facing everything that had to deal with the woman I decided to love.”
Brotherly Love hits theaters on April 24.
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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