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Exclusive: Essence Atkins On Officiating Dwyane Wade And Gabrielle Union’s Wedding

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You can now call her pastor Atkins or what she says, “just call me clergy.”

Actress turned ordained minister, Essence Atkins most known for her role on the 90’s sitcom Smart Guy and Half & Half, opened up to HipHollywood on Thursday night about officiating Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union’s lavish wedding.

“It was magical,” she said. “My husband and I were really honored to officiate the ceremony and we had a great time. It was beautiful, it was a great day. The great thing for us as husband and wife and being on the precipice of our own five year wedding anniversary, it was a reminder. It was a reminder to my husband I about the reasons we stood up there five years ago and what we promised to each other. It was really nice.”

Atkins added, “It was affirming for them and re-affirming for us. It was lovely.”

Wade and Union tied the knot on August 30 in Miami. The couple exchanged vows during an intimate ceremony in front of their closest family and friends.

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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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