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Exclusive: Underground Is Not Coming Back … Ever!

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HipHollywood can confirm that Underground will not be coming back.

It was announced back in 2016 that WGN’s popular show was being canceled after two impeccable seasons. Due to the rave reviews, however, folks hoped that possibly the drama would return to a different network, but according to creator, Anthony Hemingway, the show is officially done.

While at the NBC TCA’s on Tuesday, HipHollywood asked Anthony if the show would be going back to a new channel. His response: “Unfortunately, no. I know, I’m sad. Sorry.”

Tear.

The good news is, Anthony is putting his magical touch on a new program called Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. “This story is largely apart of our culture,” he told us.

This show will take viewers on a journey through the investigations of the famous 1996 and 1997 murders. Over 10 episodes, we will see how Detective Greg Kading (Duhamel) and Detective Russell Poole (Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson) handled the deaths of Tupac (Marcc Rose) and Biggie (Wavyy Jonez.)

“It was just finding all of those opportunities to be able to find those nuggets and let it speak to us today and understand just in seeing the lack of progress that’s happened highlighting the things we need to work on.”

According to Hemingway, the show will also chronicle the friendship the rappers had before things took a turn. “To do unlike many has done before is leaning into their friendship and seeing the support of two young Black men in volatile times and seeing their love and support for each other.”

The show will premiere on USA Network on February 27 at 10 p.m

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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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