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The NAACP Image Awards were announced on Tuesday and while the usual suspects made the list, there were a few surprises.

HipHollywood was on hand as some of our favorite television stars announced the 47th NAACP Image Awards nominations. Tika Sumpter (The Have And The Have Nots), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal), Danielle Nicolet (Born Again Virgin), Marsai Martin and Miles Brown (Black-ish) revealed the nominees in the film, TV and music categories.

Of course How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal scored several nods in the Drama category, while, once again, Black-ish locked down the Comedy section. But newcomer Empire shocked everyone by nailed down a total 12 nominations in Drama and Music categories. Another surprise in the music category was Lauryn Hill who received two nominations after several years under the radar. While Janet dominated the category with six nominations!

In the film division Creed and Concussion were both nominated, along with their stars Michael B. Jordan and Will Smith respectively. Creed’s co-stars Phylica Rashad and Tessa Thompson also received love in the supporting actress category.

Did any of your favorites make the list?

A full list of nominees can be found on www.NAACPImageAwards.net. Also, make sure to catch the NAACP Image Awards when they air live on Friday, February 5th on TV One.

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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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