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The beloved Charlie Murphy, the older brother of Eddie Murphy, has died at the age of 57.

The comedian’s manager confirmed that Charlie passed away on Wednesday morning at an NYC hospital after what appears to be a very private battle with leukemia. According to reports, the family is “shocked” by the sudden passing because they were under the impression their loved one was getting better.

Charlie’s untimely death comes eight years after the passing of his wife, Tisha Taylor Murphy. Tisha, also the mother of Murphy’s two children, died in 2009 from cervical cancer.

The actor, who is most known for his roles on CB4 and Chapelle’s Show, was so dearly loved in Hollywood. As you could imaged, Hollywood reaction was almost immediate following the heartbreaking news.


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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