BET is finally speaking out about being slapped with a $1 million lawsuit by Being Mary Jane star, Gabrielle Union.
As previously reported, Union and her attorney, Marty Singer, filed documents on Tuesday for what they are calling breach of contract.
In the lawsuit, obtained by HipHollywood, Singer claims that BET agreed to never produce more than 13 episodes per season of their hit show, Being Mary Jane, but now, executives are trying to combine Seasons 4 and 5 to get as much out of Union as possible.
Per the documents, the network is trying to tape two 10-episode seasons back to back to “cram all of the episodes into a single season in order to fraudulently extend the term of Ms. Union’s contract.”
Union hasn’t directly responded to the suit; BET, however, did release a statement that read:
“While we hold Gabrielle Union in the highest esteem, we feel strongly that we are contractually well within our rights and are committed to reaching a swift and positive resolution in this matter.”
Singer tells HipHollywood exclusively, “We filed this lawsuit because of BET’s outrageous conduct toward its number one star on its highest rated show.”
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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