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After seeing  Jake Gyllenhall in Southpaw and Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Tyler Lepley knew he had to bring it for his role as Jaxon Hollie in Ringside. In the Russ Parr-directed film, Lepley plays an undefeated boxer who has to battle some personal obstacles while preparing for the biggest fight of his career.

Lepley told HipHollywood there was definitely some pressure, but he was up for the challenge. “There was pressure, for me the pressure doesn’t necessarily come from the competition of what someone looks like, or even the competition of what someone else is doing; it’s the competition of, ‘Can I do what’s necessary to bring the physicality into this character?’ because it has to be real onscreen.”

Thankfully, Lepley was already in killer shape, and he had his cousin, who is a professional boxer, to help him train. “The dude is ripped,” laughed Parr. “It would have been very difficult for us to cast somebody that wasn’t in great shape.”

Jackie Long, Allen Maldonado and Sevyn Streeter also star in the film, and we talked to Streeter about making her acting debut playing Lepley’s sister.

“Selita is Jaxon’s younger sister, and she is just a young lady trying to find herself,” laughed Streeter, who crafted her character around some girls she’s seen in the industry. “Thotting and bopping is what I like to call it. She thots and bops from producer to producer. And fortunately I’ve been in session where I’ve seen thotting and bopping, so I knew exactly what that looked like.”

Ringside premieres on TV One on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. ET with an immediate encore at 9 p.m. ET and an additional airing on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

 

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Girl Power Prevails At The 2017 American Music Awards

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Music’s most amazing night went down Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in L.A. and we have to say the night was all about the ladies!

That’s right the 45th American Music Awards had some major moments and some major girl power starting with Pink and Kelly Clarkson.

The duo got the show started singing R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”, but it was their solo performances that had fans going nuts.

Kelly Clarkson returned to the stage and had everyone on their feet with a medley of her classic tracks and new single “Love So Soft.”

While Pink took her career to new heights leaping off the side of a building while performing her hit single “Beautiful Trauma.”

Christina Aguilera, paid tribute to Whitney Houston with a commemorative performance for the 25th anniversary of The Bodyguard.

But the #Majah moment of the night had to be Diana Ross. The Motown legend was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, and performed some of her greatest hits before accepting the honor.

 

Photos by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

 

 

 

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