Following the tragic shooting deaths of Terence Crutcher, Keith Lamont Scott and most recently, 38-year-old Alfred Olango, who was shot and killed in El Cajon, California, Cedric the Entertainer took matters into his own hands and led a Power in Action march through Hollywood, California.
Dozens of peaceful protests have erupted throughout the country, calling for change and demanding police reform, and for Cedric, taking a stance came after asking this very question: “How can I as one person make a difference? How can I create the ripples and become the change?”
Cedric tells HipHollywood exclusively that the birth of Power In Action initially stemmed from a text he sent, suggesting: “I’m fed up. I’m angry. The existing reality is broken. This is unacceptable. I’m going to do something about it.”
The comedian, who was joined by model Eva Marcille for the powerful protest, told us, “One person can do unbelievable things, but change never really happens alone.”
He continued, “Major change has only ever happened when groups of committed and thoughtful people use their voices to effectively introduce a new order. One step at a time, I want to grow those numbers — Power in Action.”
The actor concluded, “The existing reality is broken. The status quo is unacceptable. There has to be alternatives other than fatally shooting unarmed black citizens.”
Want to help create change? Head over to joincampaignzero.org.
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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