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Just hours after two gunmen opened fire inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, African American power players stepped onto the red carpet for Ebony magazine’s 30th Annual Power 100 Gala; thus making the evening very bitter sweet.

As people arrived to the event, which was to salute the achievements of the most influential African-Americans in the country, conversation surrounding the massacre was heavy and too fresh to not discuss.

HipHollywood caught up with several stars that expressed their pain and condolences following the tragic news. “Barack Obama said that ‘this doesn’t happen in any other country with this kind of frequency.’ That’s an important fact to remember,” the night’s host, Arsenio Hall told us.

But aside from the recent shooting, it was the issue of gun control that also became a major discussion of the night. “I’m concerned about the pattern that we are creating in this country,” Jidenna said. “And we really need to humble ourselves and study other countries in terms of gun control right now and figure out a solution, fast.”

Grey’s Anatomy star and one of the honorees of the evening, Jesse Williams, said the fact that it’s “easier to get any kind of gun without being regulated than it is to get a driver’s license” is “ridiculous.”  He added, “Obviously look at any other country that is a high population and calls themselves developed … we see policies that work that preserve safety.”

Joining Williams in being honored and also being featured on the publication’s latest issue, the beautiful and talented, Zendaya. “It’s crazy to just be brought up in the conversation. To be around so many beautiful people who want beautiful things and are doing amazing positive things.”

By the way, Zendaya says her life has been “made” because the Ebony cover also includes Harry Belafonte.

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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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