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April Ryan has landed a new gig and it all may be thanks to Sean Spicer. The American Urban Radio Networks journalist and White House correspondent has now been hired as a political contributor for CNN.

The news comes hot on the heels of Ryan being scolded by Spicer to stop shaking her head in response to one of his answers at a press briefing last week. The incident drew widespread attention online and helped birth the hashtag Black Women at Work.

CNN wouldn’t say when it began negotiating with Ryan but we don’t think it’s a coincidence.

Ryan has been garnering a lot of attention since Trump has been in office. In a February news conference that went viral, Donald foolishly asked Ryan to help arrange a meeting between him and the Congressional Black Caucus – a task beyond the responsibilities of reporters.

According to a CNN spokeswoman, Ryan will be available for political commentary on all of its shows.

The 49-year-old Morgan State alumni also announced the news on her Twitter page.

Ryan has covered the White House for more than 20 years, since President Clinton’s second term, and is also the author of several books, including the best-seller, The Presidency In Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America.

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



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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