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It finally happened. After 54 years of flying high at the South Carolina Capitol building, the Confederate Flag was removed on Friday morning — Just one day after Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill for its removal.

A crowd of hundreds chanted “U.S.A” and cries of “Thank you, Jesus” could be heard as uniformed highway patrol officers lowered the flag from a pole. The officers then handed the flag to one of the state’s two black Cabinet-level officials, Department of Public Safety Director Leroy Smith. The flag will be placed in an exhibit at a military museum a mile down the road.

This move comes after weeks of public out cry for the removal of the flag after nine Black churchgoers were killed by Dylann Roof at Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina.

President Barack Obama tweeted about the flag removal calling it a “signal of good will and healing”.

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Watch the historic removal of the Confederate Flag here.

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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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