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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.


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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