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Exclusive: ICON Mann’s Power 50! Kevin Frazier, Laz Alonso, David Oyelowo Recognized

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50 influential men were invited to attend ICON Mann’s Black Men in Entertainment 2013 pre-Emmy Awards dinner, an exclusive, invitation only, men’s Hollywood soiree on Friday night.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet to catch up with the dapper attendees, including HH’s very own, Kevin Frazier.

“It’s great to come out here to see a bunch of different men that are doing things. Tonight we kind of get to talk and hang, and kind of swap stories and also link up about what we are going to do in the future,” the omg!INSIDER host explained.

Wayne Brady, the evening’s host, shared with HH that he was thrilled to be among so many powerful, iconic men.

“Everybody wants to be part of something, and to be part of a fraternity of successful black men here in this town trying to make it, when it’s incredibly hard to make it anyway. Just forget what you look like and where you come from. It means a lot to me to be considered in a certain breathe with some of the guys in that room,” Brady said.

And Lee Daniel’s The Butler star, David Oyelowo, explains that this kind of gathering is actually rare. “One of the tings I’m so proud of in terms of ICON Mann and what it represents, is that often we don’t get to rub shoulders with each other because we tend to be the only one in any given project we are in … I think that coming together in this way we can hopefully change that,” David explained.

Fore more on what some of the power 50 had to say, including Laz Alonso and Richard Roundtree, check out the clip below:

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

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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 crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard 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 it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

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

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and 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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