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As more information unravels about the tragic attacks in San Bernardino, groups continue to talk about the issue of gun control, but that’s not all. It’s the conversation about prayer that also seems to be an even hotter topic.

The Daily News made headlines this week for it’s front page that reads: God Isn’t Fixing This. The article being based around politicians who could put a policy into effect, but instead, are saying prayers are going out to the victims and their families.

People around the world are also suggesting that prayers won’t end these massacres and to that, Grammy Award wining gospel singer Kirk Franklin is speaking out. “We can’t Santa Clause God,” he told us exclusively. “We can’t hotline bling God … God’s not a spare tire that you pull out when you’re in trouble.”

Franklin continued, “If you rock with God, you rock with God, if you don’t rock with God when you need God, you can’t expect for there to be a genie in a bottle fix my problems instead of fixing your life.”

Kirk, whose album Losing My Religion dropped earlier this month, explained “God loves us too much to just want to be the booty call type of response.”

He added, “The tragedy the other day, we heard about that. We aren’t going to religisize that. The general conversation, either we want him or we don’t. And that choice, amazingly, he gives to us.”

By the way, Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief, Jim Rich, responded to the controversial headline with a statement that read:

“The Daily News front page is not, in any way, shape or form, condemning prayer or religion. Anyone suggesting otherwise is either — intentionally or unintentionally — misconstruing the point, which is that most GOP politicians have offered nothing but empty platitudes and angry rhetoric in response to the ongoing plague of gun violence in our country.”

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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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