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The critics have spoken and a host of your favorite TV shows and films were nominated for  at the 21 Annual Critics Choice Awards, including a number of African American actors on the big and small screen.

From Mary J. Blige for her role in The Wiz Live to Regina King for her role on HBO series The Leftovers to the cast of Straight Outta Compton, the critics seemed to recognize African American performances.

HipHollywood caught up with Mary J. Blige, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and a host of other nominees and attendees at the 2016 Critics Choice Awards to talk about being nominated,  as well what they thought about the recent Oscar snubs. Check out the video above and hit the flip to see who turned out for this years Critics Choice Awards.

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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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