With just several weeks until the 2015 ESPY Awards,the list of the nominees have finally been revealed.
One week after taking home the NBA championship ring, Steph Curry’s name was added to the list of talented nominees. This is the basketball player’s first time being nominated for the coveted award.
Good ol’ LeBron James is among the nominees for the 11th year in a row. The Cavaliers player is up against Curry in two categories: Best Male Athlete and Best NBA Player. It’s a stiff competition in the Best NBA Player category. Curry and James will fight against Pelicans player Anthony Davis, Rockets star James Harden and Oklahoma City Thunder player, Russell Westbrook.
And despite her personal life, WNBA player Brittney Griner received a nod for Best WNBA Player. Griner was arrested back in April after a domestic dispute with her estranged wife, Glory Johnson. Also in the Best WNBA Player category, the gorgeous Skylar Diggins, Lynx player Maya Moore, Sparks star Candace Parker and Phoenix Mercury player, Diana Taurasi.
It’ll also be quite the battle in the Best Female Athlete category. Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey, Breanna Stewart and Lindsey Vonn will all compete for the big award.
Be sure to tune in for the ESPY Awards, hosted by Joel McHale, on July 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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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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