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After a three year hiatus, Madea returns to the big screen in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, but believe it or not, it was funny man Chris Rock who initiated the gun-toting granny’s return to theaters.

HipHollywood sat down with Tyler Perry and the cast of his new flick for a special Q&A session at the YouTube Space in L.A., and found out how Rock inspired the film.

“Chris Rock did this movie called Top Five, and in it, he did this ridiculous spoof that he called and got permission from me called Boo! A Madea Halloween. I was like, ‘Chris, that is so ridiculous,'” explained Perry. “But I was like, ‘Fine, do it.’ So he puts it in the movie, and Lionsgate saw and they went, ‘Umm, Tyler, what do you think about a Halloween movie?'”

In the film, Madea winds up in the middle of some hilarious Halloween mayhem, and Perry enlisted some of the Web’s most talented social media influencers, including Liza Koshy, Yousef Erakat, Brock O’Hearn and Diamond White to help bring Madea to a new generation.

Check out the video above to hear what they had to say about working with Perry, and why he believes this is the funniest Madea flick to date.

Boo! A Madea Halloween hits theaters October 21.

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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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