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In the new flick Creed Tessa Thompson plays a Philadelphia bred singer, so it’s no surprise the actress says she channeled Jill Scott, the Queen Philly Jawn, for the role.

HipHollywood caught up with Tessa, who plays Bianca in the Ryan Coogler directed film, and she told us all about her preparation, which included recording original music for the film, getting down a real Philly girl accent, and listening to lots of Jill Scott albums.

“I hung out in beauty salons, made voice memos of women talking, I listened to Jill Scott speak, and I watched interviews of her,” revealed Thompson. “She was a big reference point for me.”

She added, “The two women who did my hair, Carla and Sidney, two snaps to them, because we’d sit for 7 hours and they’d help me with my accent.”

Thompson also flexed her vocal chops in the film telling us she had to sing for the role of Micheal B. Jordan’s girlfriend. Check out the full video above and if you haven’t seen Creed, it’s in theaters now.

 

 

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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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