We can all agree that Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” was a cinematic highlight of 2017. And now the film that had Black folks side-eyeing tea cups and Beckys is getting its just due on the awards show circuit.
Not only did Peele nab the award for Best Original Screenplay at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, but his film also scored a win for Best Sci-Fi or Horror film. And in this instance, the trophy is just as important as the category. Unlike the Golden Globes, which put “Get Out” in the Best Comedy category, the Critics’ got this one right by acknowledging the film in the horror genre.
During his acceptance speech, Peele made note the fact that this was an exceptional year for film and “Get Out” was up against somme stiff competition. And while that may be true, most will not argue that Peele’s masterpiece deserved the trophy.
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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