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It was announced on Wednesday that Queen Latifah will be honored as an Entertainment Icon at this year’s American Black Film Festival Honors, an honor that every star dreams of.

The recognition, however, doesn’t come as a surprise. The Queen is coming up on thirty years in the entertainment industry and still, the beauty is humbled by her level of celebrity and success in Hollywood.

“I never lost my excitement to do what I do,” she recently told HipHollywood when asked about the parallels between when she started as a young emcee almost three decades ago and now. “When I walk into a room like at the White House the other day and I see Tom Hanks or I see George Lucas, Magic Johnson, Chris Rock, this is still part of what gets me excited.”

“These are the people who you watch growing up and who make you want to do what you do and while you do what you do they keep you excited about it,” Latifah explained.

The 46-year-old continued, “I’m never jaded by it. When I met Prince I had to just contain myself. I met Stevie Wonder a bunch of times but he’s my favorite artist and I still have to control myself because his work is such a big part of my life.”

Latifah, who is currently starring on Fox’s hit show Star, added, “I only hope that whatever I’ve done over these last thirty years has left something on someone’s heart. Has made a young girl feel more confident about herself, a young man want to treat a woman like a lady. Want to party a bit or think you can accomplish a dream that you had that nobody expected you could or do things differently even if you stand alone doing it.”

Congratulations, Queen.


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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