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HipHollywood caught up with LL Cool J Wednesday night on the red carpet for the Kaleidoscope Ball, an event benefiting the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, and where LL was honored with the Kaleidoscope Award.

When asked about the rapper’s controversial song with Brad Paisley, “Accidental Racist,” LL shared with HH that the Boston bombings is an unfortunate example of why the song was so important. “Unless all of American’s are on one accord, the country will be torn apart at the seams,” LL explained.

“I don’t think that we should only be able to stick together when there’s a terrorist attack … The song shook up the psyche of the country and I think that ultimately it will end in a harmonious way. My prayers go out to the people in Boston,” the NCIS: LA actor added.

“Accidental Racist”, a song on Brad Paisley’s ninth album, Wheelhouse, ignited controversy for its lyrics which discuss racism and stereotypes in America. According to the duo, the song’s purpose was to remind the Americans that they should move pass the racial tensions of the past, and stand together as a nation.

Check out what else LL Cool J had to say about “Accidental Racist” below:

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  1. JRoc85

    April 18, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    I think it’s great that LL Cool J & Brad Paisley teamed up to PUBLICLY address a topic that many of us have subliminally swept under the rug. Racism still exists in this country, and it has been heavily shown since President Obama’s election (2xs)!!!!

    • Just No

      April 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Did you hear the song? Not only is it a terrible song, LL Cool J makes himself sound extremely out-of-touch with the black community. As a man who’s been rich most of his life, he probably doesn’t experience the kind of racism most low- and middle-class black people experience.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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