2018 is shaping up to continue where 2017 left off … with some super dope Black superheroes!
Last year we celebrated Luke Cage and Misty Knight kicking a** on Netflix. Then came Riri Williams, the 15-year-old engineering student who stepped in to save the day when IronMan couldn’t perform his superhero duties.
And we can’t forget about ending the year with Cyborg in “Justice League.”
But this year will be all about “Black Panther” on the big screen and “Black Lightning” sparking up the small screen.
Chadwick Boseman will star as T’Challa in “Black Panther” set to hit theaters on February 16th. A new trailer of the highly anticipated film was released today highlighting the Warriors of Wakanda.
And “Black Lightning” is set to premiere, January 16th, on the CW. This superhero story centers around Jefferson Pierce played by Cress Williams. Pierce, aka Black Lightning, is a retired superhero with the ability to harness and control electricity who becomes a principal at a charter high school. He returns to fighting crime thanks to his daughter and the threat of a star student being recruited by a local gang.
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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