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There’s nothing like a good ol’ challenge.

Earlier this year, it was all about the running man challenge and over the summer, folks couldn’t stop jujuing on that beat. Now, a new challenge has moved in and taken over.

Folks are now wildly obsessed with something called the Mannequin Challenge, the new Internet trend that challenges social media users and large groups to pose like mannequins while, oftentimes, Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles,” featuring Gucci Mane, plays in the background.

According to reports, the trend started at Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Florida, late last month and now, folks around the world are joining in.

Whether it’s students posing alongside their lockers, or athletic teams posing during practice, the #MannequinChallenge has already reached over a staggering 61K posts on Instagram. Of those posts, a handful of celebrities have frozen for the ‘gram.

Check out some of the stars tackling the challenge.

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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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