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Exclusive: Roland Martin Believes He Can Change The Center Of Black Thought In America



American renowned journalist Roland Martin is set to anchor TV One’s new morning show News One Now and HipHollywood has all the deets on what viewers can expect.

During Roland’s annual Hollywood soiree on Wednesday night, the anchor dished on how News One Now is going to become the center of Black thought in America.

“It is important for us to do it on a Black platform, to where our stories are not secondary, not pushed to the side,” the 44-year-old shared.

Roland, who was just honored as “Journalist Of The Year” by the National Association Of Black Journalists, shared that the daily show is a way for the Black community to have a conversation.

“Political stuff, social, cultural, entertainment, you name it …  If we are talking about economics, we are talking about economics and how it relates to African Americans. We are talking about Black women starting businesses at a faster rate that everyone else,” Roland dished.

News One Now is set to launch in September.


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



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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