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Octavia Spencer Drags Hollywood Over Wage Disparity, Defends Michelle Williams & Taraji P. Henson



Octavia Spencer had some time today.
Sis went all the way in about Hollywood’s wage disparity, Michelle Williams getting paid pennies to reshoot “All The Money In The World” and urged folks to support actresses of color namely, Taraji P. Henson’s new flick Proud Mary … all in one post.
We just love how it starts.
“So…. I am about to say something that will likely ruffle feathers, but sometimes we need it,” she begins in  the post featuring a artwork from Proud Mary.  “I am not mad at Wahlberg for asserting his worth and demanding to be paid for reshoots. I’m upset with how the situation was presented to Michelle. She should have been given all the information to make an informed not emotional decision. We have to take a page out of this playbook of negotiating.”
In case you missed it, Wahlberg reportedly was paid $1.5 million to reshoot his scenes in “All The MOney In The World” while his co-stars got paid a measly $80 per diem per day. Williams nor director Ridley Scott was told that Wahlberg was being paid. Wahlberg’s people negotiated the deal and demanded he be paid before he even started filming.
Needless to say Williams is pissed, but Spencer believes this could be a teachable moment for actresses in Hollywood, particularly women of color.
“We have to discuss the gross disparity in pay for WOC,” she said. “Producers and studios will always point to box office performance as if we have been given countless opportunities to lead films. Well, this weekend my girl @tarajiphenson has #ProudMary opening. Let’s help her have a huge weekend so that the next time they say WOC don’t open movies: we can point to #HiddenFigures #GirlsTrip and#ProudMary as recent debunkers. #knowOurWorth.”
Well said Octavia. We hope your post gets folks out to see Hensons’ new flick.  Sony hasn’t been doing much in the way of promoting Proud Mary, and fans have taken notice.


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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