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We all saw Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony open up the Espy Awards with a heartfelt and powerful message about unity and police brutality. But it wasn’t an impromptu moment. According to Paul, he and the guys, who call themselves “The Brotherhood,” had a few conversations before the show to discuss what they were going to say.

“We had had phone calls [about it],” explained Paul, who was being honored at the HollyRod Foundation’s 18th Annual Design Care Gala. “I think it’s funny because a lot of times people see our friendship and think it’s just some guys hanging out, but we are all really close, and we talk about real issues.”

“That was something that started obviously with Melo’s Instagram post,” continued Paul. “But we had a conversation and felt like it was something that was time and needed to happen.”

Paul also told us about the fear he and his wife have about their son one day getting pulled over by the cops. Check out his interview above.


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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