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Exclusive: Laila Ali Reacts To Ray Rice, Janay Palmer Halloween Costumes



Gone are the days of witch costumes and pumpkins.

Last year, actress Julianne Hough came under fire for dressing up in Blackface in efforts to impersonate Orange is the New Black star, Uzo Aduba. In past years, party goers went as far as to dress as slain teen, Trayvon Martin and the man responsible for his death, George Zimmerman.


This year, adults and even kids have taken it to another level, hitting the streets as Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer. Rice was suspended indefinitely from the NFL in September after video surfaced of the football player viciously attacking his then fiancée.

On Sunday night during Chris Paul’s CP3 “Celebrity Sever” Dinner, HipHollywood caught up with former professional boxer Laila Ali to get her take on the controversial costumes.

“Nothing surprises me anymore unfortunately. It’s really sad that in our society now anything goes,”Ali explained. “People think things are funny and they put it all over social media and it’s really not.”

In one photo floating around the Internet, a man goes as Blackface and stands alongside a woman, dressed as Janay with a black eye. In another image, a child also in Blackface can be seen sporting a Ravens jersey while carrying a doll by her hair.

Click to see some of the photos below.

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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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