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Zola, the Twitter story that has everyone talking, is already being turned into a film starring Keke Palmer. The actress took to social media to confirm that she will play the main character, writing:

Earlier this week, a woman named Zola or Zolar, broke the Internet when she recounted traveling around Florida with a “White b*tch” she met at Hooters. Zola’s tale of murder, prostitution, stripping and gangs had folks on Twitter casting a film based on her outrageous story. Palmer noticed her name being mentioned and responded by letting folks she appreciated the love, but was just joking about starring in the film.

While Zola may not have an actress yet, it may have a director.

We’d love to see Ava DuVernay direct this story, but who do you think would be a good Zola? We like Keke or Zoe Kravitz.

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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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