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Ben Carson has managed to put his foot in his mouth AGAIN and now folks are calling the politician out for his absurd choice of words.

During an interview with SiriusXM Radio host Armstrong Williams on Wednesday, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary was asked to discuss the state of poverty and what actions could be made to reduce the number of people living in poverty. His response will blow your mind. (No pun intended)

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” said Carson. Say whhhaaaattt???

He continued, “You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”

Carson also suggested that poverty can be contributed to parenting and “sense of strong values.” So per the usual, Twitter exploded with reaction to Ben’s comments.

Some people, however, defended Carson and suggested he all of all people can speak about poverty given his background growing up in Detroit.

Also defending Carson, Armstrong, who on Thursday morning wrote a blog about the conversation he had with the neurosurgeon. “He noted that at its core, poverty is the result of a “poverty mindset” that is often reinforced by family and social conditions,” he wrote in a post on The Hill. “The mainstream media immediately selected that quote and ran with it. The media’s implication was that “cruel, tone-deaf Carson blames poor people for their poverty.”

Read Armstrong’s full article here.

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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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