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Black women in music came together on Thursday night for Essence’s annual pre-Grammy soiree that celebrates and honors women in the business.

But while Grammy Award nominee singers Jazmine Sullivan and Andra Day brought down the house inside Avalon nightclub with their killer performances, it was on the red carpet where Hollywood power players discussed the recent backlash Beyonce has received following the release of her track, “Formation.”

“The amazing thing that she did is use this huge platform not only to promote her music but to make a social statement and to do something that was really, really important,” Zendaya told us exclusively. “I loved it and I thought it was 100% necessary and people are going to be offended by us having pride and love for ourselves and raising awareness to issues that we have.”

Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance has also upset a group of critics who are calling for a boycott following the political half time routine where she paid homage to the Black Panther Party. People are planning to protest at the NFL headquarters in New York on February 16.

“Everything in history, not everybody is going to agree with stuff,” Christina Milian said. “I think it’s powerful, I love Beyonce she is very positive.”

MC Lyte chimed in, “People fail to understand is that you can be a huge pop star, but you still are Black. You still are African American and you still deal with it in certain ways.”

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  1. Shawndra Higgins

    March 29, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    I agree. People should be able to say what they want to say without people getting all offended. It’s just too bad that most people are hypocrites about it. For instance, if #WhiteWomenMusic #WhitePeopleMagazine and #WhitePeopleDate offend any african american folks out there, my point will be proven. Why is it okay for the Blacks to “stand up” for themselves, but not the whites? I’m so sick of this whiny “whoa is me I”m black” crap.

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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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