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Mary J. Blige Breaks Down At Star Unveiling: “I Was Homeless Last Year”

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It was a big day for Mary J. Blige. Not only did the 9 time Grammy Award winner celebrate her 47th birthday, but she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
There was nothing but real love on Hollywood Blvd. where her number one fans filled the streets and her industry brothers and sisters came out in droves to support the New York native.
It was an emotional ceremony for the Golden Globe nominated actress, who was more than candid about her personal woes while accepting the honor. “There have been times in my career that I didn’t even want to step out my house because I was so hurt so bad,” she said during the ceremony.
The singer, who is currently going through a nasty split from now ex-husband Kendu Isaacs, also unveiled that just one year ago, it was Jimmy Iovine who provided a roof over her head. “When all hell was turning loose in 2016 and I had to file and all of that stuff, I was homeless last year,” she said.
Blige explained, “Jimmy Iovine took me in to his Malibu home, he and his beautiful wife, Liberty. I will never forget that.”
Also being a rock for Mary, her mother, Cora Blige, who told HipHollywood that “it was very difficult … but I had to give her strength to carry on.”
Diddy honored the singer during the event and recalled meeting the then young singer who wanted nothing more than to rise to fame. “We would drive down the highway in New York and we would just dream,” the media mogul said. ‘We would say ‘man, we want to be somebody. We want to come and shake up the world.’ And we did that.”
Other big names joining the “No More Drama” singer on her special day, Andre Harrell, Debra Lee, Tyrese, Angie Martinez and Mudbound director, Dee Rees.

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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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