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Welp, you can’t please everybody…

That’s pretty much the sentiments from Anika Noni Rose and Jazz Raycole regarding Hampton University’s President and his unfavorable opinion of their new show The Quad. Last week, President William Harvey sent a scathing letter to BET CEO Debra Lee saying that The Quad didn’t accurately depict HBCU life and that Lee was a bit reckless for airing it on the network.

The letter read in part:

“Devoid of any reference to academics, The Quad is about a president who is promiscuous, trustees who are unwilling to deal with a rogue band director, and a band director who condones criminal activity on the part of his drum major. The Quad will lead many to believe that HBCUs exist because of marching bands; that our presidents are unethical; that our boards are dysfunctional and have misplaced priorities; that our faculty, students and administrators are driven by sex, alcohol, marijuana, low self-esteem, parties and a preoccupation with music; that it is acceptable to disrespect women; that university policy can be set by a band director; and that there are no standards of conduct or penalties for bad behavior. This depiction seems more analogous to a disgruntled, adolescent and unrealistic point of view that some may have. It also feeds a false narrative about the irrelevance of HBCUs.”

Well, needless to say, the cast of The Quad doesn’t agree. While at the “BET presents The American Black Film Festival Honors” red carpet, HipHollywood spoke to Rose and Raycole about Mr. Harvey’s remarks. Jazz was quick to point out that the fictitious show has only aired a few episodes, while Anika reminded Harvey that she too is an HBCU grad and would never be apart of something that would ruin that legacy. Check out their interviews below and let us know what side you’re on.

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  1. HONORABLE JP Saint Maurice

    February 23, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Of course entertainment folks need gainful employment like the rest of us. But at what cost to the rest of us ? I totally disagree with the negative depictions of such African American institutions in any case. Real or fictitious . That’s a lot of Black money, time, talent, creativity, and energy to feed the white devils racist machine. If you want drama about Blacks in a negative light, produce a series about the 116 MILLION Black Babies murdered via abortion since 1973 in the United States of America- and in case I’m not pressing the point , that’s a “GENOCIDAL !” number. NOW THAT’S DRAMA ! and a negative light; depicting Black Mother’s ( Black Women), as currently the greatest destroyers of Black life !! Or does it ” matter ? ”
    Honorable US Air Force Veteran, and intending to attend an HBCU ( Can U Dig It ?) for a master’s degree after I complete my Bachelor’s degree from California State University Sacramento. GO HORNETS !!

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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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