In case you missed it, Tyra Banks recently announced that she was stepping down from her position on her new talk show, FABLife.
The model, who created the daytime program, explained in a statement that it was a “very difficult decision, but necessary” and that she will now be “devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company’s other entertainment ventures.”
And although Banks explained exactly why she was quitting the show, rumors still managed to hit the Web suggesting that it was the beauty’s co-star, model Chrissy Teigen, who was the reason for Tyra leaving.
Apparently, the duo was feuding over some behind the scenes, backstage shenanigans, which led to Banks walking out. But according to Chrissy, who is pregnant with her first child, the rumors are a bunch of bologna.
“I dunno if you guys know how bosses work but if Tyra and I were fighting as hard as you’re saying, I would be the one off the show,” she tweeted.
Per Tyra, she will continue to support the growth of the show that also features Internet star Leah Ashley, fashion editor Joe Zee and interior designer Lauren Makk.
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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