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Exclusive: Don Benjamin Talks Music, Modeling And Man Crush Mondays



When you hear the name Don Benjamin, you probably first think ‘oh, that uncomfortably good looking model.” Or maybe for some of you, Don has even been your Man Crush Monday. But soon enough, the name of the former America’s Next Top Model contestant will be heavily thrown around with the likes of some of your rapper and r&b faves.

HipHollywood recently caught up with Benjamin to talk abut his music career and his hopes of making a name for himself in the music industry. “I’ve been working on an EP as of recently,” he told us exclusively. “I have been dropping tracks to get fans familiar with the music because a lot of my fans don’t know me as an artist. They know me more for the modeling.”

The model-turned-rapper, who just landed a social media campaign for Calvin Klein, just dropped an incredibly catchy track with r&b stud, Eric Bellinger. “Eric is crazy talented. The record that I had him get on, I actually already had it ready and he heard it and wanted to get on it.”

Donald Benjamin, the rapper’s legal name, also dished to HipHollywood about being Instafamous and how it feels to always being someones Man Crush Monday. “I don’t get excited off of it, it doesn’t build my ego,” he said. “It’s still weird to me, it still throws me off.”

Humble … we like that.

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



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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