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20 years ago, Erykah Badu dropped her debut project, Baduizm and gave us all an album that would stand the test of time; it really was/still is amazing. Also, for the last 20 years, she’s been giving fellas (i.e. Andre 3000, Common, The D.O.C., etc.) all the feels with her feminine wiles, aka “Baduizm”. Again, it is amazing.

On Thursday night, Essence honored Ms. Badu at their annual “Black Women in Music” event. Erykah told HipHollywood the honor felt like a “dream”, “It’s just a beautiful thing to be able to express myself in the way that I do, with no barriers, and take my time and create as I go,” the Grammy award-winning artist told us. And men like Master P, Mario and Anthony Hamilton couldn’t help but fawn over the legendary singer calling her things like incredible, amazing and mesmerizing.

Solange was on hand to present Erykah with her award and gushed over the “Tyrone” singer as well. But, it just wasn’t Solo who was enamored. HH spoke with Yara Shahidi, BiBi Bourelly and more who couldn’t help but sing the praise of Badu. Take a look at our coverage from Essence Black Women in Music below.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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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 crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard 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 it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and 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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