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Fans enjoyed a surprise-filled season finale of Black-ish Tuesday night on ABC.  But we’re especially excited about news that Yara Shahidi’s character is going off to college, and we get to follow her in the form of a spinoff show on ABC’s sister network, Freeform.

We first let you know about rumors of a spinoff back in January, and now we have a few more details.

Lead by Shahidi, the spinoff focuses on her Black-ish character, Zoey Johnson, the popular and uber stylish daughter of Dre and Rainbow (Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross) heading off to college.

Initially ABC thought the college-age content would be too advanced for viewers, but it seems to have found the perfect fit on the teen-friendly Freeform.

Brings up warm and fuzzy feelings just like when Denise Huxtable left for the faux HBCU “Hillman College” on The Cosby Show back in the ’80s. The move brought us A Different World, which lasted six seasons and featured some of the hottest up-and-coming actors like Jada Pinkett Smith, Marisa Tomei, Loretta Devine, Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy.

Black-ish just finished its third season and is set to be approved for a fourth. Here’s hoping we’ll see some cast crossover.

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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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