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Gabrielle Union has a starring role on a hit BET drama, is landing on covers like Women’s Health all thanks to her killer bod, and of course, is being a wife and mom to Dwyane Wade and company. But apparently, this is nothing compared to her fellows, Janelle Monae, Issa Rae, Yara Shahidi and Aja Naomi King.

On Thursday night, these four ladies, otherwise known as the “Next Generation,” were honored during the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Gala “for excelling and elevating their crafts. “I feel honored to be recognized by my first tribe: Black women,” Janelle told HipHollywood while on the red carpet.

Union, who hosted the annual event held in Los Angeles, explained that she is thrilled to simply be among these women who are are “so talented and so active. They do their jobs, they are producing their own shows, they are leading the charge of resistance against tyranny.”

That’s when Union added, “They motivate me daily. I check my Twitter feed and I’m like ‘OK, not doing enough.'”

Congratulations to all the night’s honorees.

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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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