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Exclusive: “Black-ish” Debuts With Strong Ratings, Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson Explain Why

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On Wednesday night the world finally found out exactly what Black-ish is when the sitcom made it’s debut on ABC. The show which follows an affluent Black family trying to keep their children culturally grounded, opened strong following Modern Family in the 9:30 p.m. slot.  The first episode drew a 3.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 10.8 million viewers.

But before it hit primetime HipHollywood got an exclusive invite on set to chat with the shows stars Anthony Anthony and Tracee Ellis Ross to get their take on the shows controversial title and why audiences relate to the show.

“We’re dealing with issues that’s everyone goes through we’re just Black doing it,” explained Anderson who is also one of the executive producers of the show.

Added Ross, “I think we’re in a time in our society where Black is something that can’t be clearly defined, and for this family, what are we holding on to, is it about culture, is it about tradition, is it about race, and what are we passing on to our children and the “isn” makes it more modern.”

Ross like her character Rainbow is bi racial, but Ross made it clear to us, she knows all about the struggles black women go through especially with our hair.

You can see more of these two on Black-ish Wednesday nights at 8pm on ABC.

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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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