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MC Lyte is speaking out about the recent unrest in Baltimore and the death of Freddie Gray.

Although citizens across the nation are rightfully angered by rising tensions, Lyte is suggesting that there needs to be “mutual respect” across the board.

“There has to be a better way for police to do what they do and for us as people, as citizens,” Lyte told HipHollywood exclusively. “There needs to be a retraining or something that puts in respect. We just need mutual respect in how it is we are spoken to and how it is that we speak to them [police].”

The 44-year-old continued, “There is so much anger that lives within, at times we are speaking ill mannered to others and when it snaps back on us it’s like we are shocked … I just think that we need a grounds by which everyone is equal but yet we understand the purpose of police and we try to make their jobs easy without giving them the slightest bit of a reason to pull out a gun.”

Gray died on April 19 of spinal injuries, one week after being taken into police custody. On Friday morning, prosecutors confirmed that six officers were charged in the death of Freddie.

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  1. sunni_daze

    May 1, 2015 at 10:46 AM

    Sorry Lyte, these officer don’t need a reason to pull out a gun. And to even suggest that the people are at fault shows exactly how out of touch you are. Most of these murders were committed by cops on unarmed black men. There will never be mutual respect, we have never been respected since they stole us from our homes and put on those ships. The plan never changed just the execution.

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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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