During the 2016 ESPY Awards, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul opened up the show with a call to action. The NBA stars called for their fellow athletes to speak up and take stand in the wake of this month’s tragic killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
The conversation about police brutality and injustice carried on into Thursday night’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards where a number of athletes praised LeBron and company for giving a passionate speech, all while supporting the call to action.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Karl-Anthony Towns told HipHollywood exclusively, “For us, we have a lot of power and for people to be gathering around for something so special to their hearts just shows the unity that, in America we have no matter what race.”
Matt Barnes said, “Being a parent and role model I think it’s important because kids listen to us. Their favorite athletes, their favorite musicians, it goes a long way when we are doing the right thing and making the right movements. So I think it’s great we are using our voices in a positive manner.”
And although not an athlete, actor Kel Mitchell spoke out, revealing to us exclusively, “I think everybody is stepping up and getting out there and giving out positivity. We gotta do it with in peace, that’s what it’s all about.”
The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards airs Sunday night on Nickelodeon.
It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere
Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!
Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.
Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.
Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.
He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.“
“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”
In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.
“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”
BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.
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