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If ever there was a time for the world to see a bulletproof black man, it’s certainly now. On September 30, Netflix will debut its new series Luke Cage, based on Marvel’s superhero of the same name, and in the wake of the recent fatal police shootings of African-American men across the country, the show is definitely right on time.
HipHollywood sat down with the show’s creator, former music journalist turned screenwriter, Cheo Hodari Coker, about the irony of the show’s release and subject matter.
“It’s time, the world needs that kind of imagery,” said Coker, referring to a quote he made in Variety that the “world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” “This is probably one of the most challenging things I’ve ever been a part of, but also the most rewarding.”
Mike Colter, who was first introduced as Luke Cage on Netflix’s Jessica Jones, echoed those sentiments. “This project is something we’ve worked very hard on to make it successful, and I’m so proud to be a part of it and for people to see it.”
So, how did he prepare to play this humble yet hardcore hero? “I don’t like the gym, or working out, but I had to put on 30 lbs for the role,” Colter said.  “If you’re going to kick a lot of butt, you gotta look the part.”
Find out what his adversary, Mahershala Ali, who plays Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes, and Alfre Woodard also had to say about their roles on the show and why audiences will love it in the video above.


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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