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Lee Daniels is blessed to be alive … a fact that is not lost on him.

“That I don’t have AIDS is a miracle from God,” Lee stated during a lecture at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and TV. “I really don’t understand it, because I should have had HIV. Everybody else did.”

Daniels decided to get very candid while talking to the students at LMU and opened up about a time in his life where he willingly attempted to contract HIV/AIDS. “It [AIDS] wiped away all of my friends. I had no friends… It was terrifying, because we never knew whether you could drink from glasses or what it was. It was the most terrifying thing ever.” The Empire creator continued, “And I didn’t understand why it was that I wasn’t [dead], because there were far better souls than me that were going. I thought that I needed to go. And so I descended into drugs and into sexual bathhouses to die.”

The producer/director had decided to die, but by the grace of God lived. And not just lived, but lived a life of greatness — something that his grandmother saw in him when he was just a little boy. “She saw greatness, and she said that I was going to have greatness far beyond hers, which was incomprehensible to me at the time,” Lee revealed. “My dad told me I was going to be nothing. (But) she says, ‘Listen, you know, you’re not like all the other guys around here. You are a fa**ot’. I said, ‘What’s that?’ And she says, ‘Don’t worry about it, but you’re going to get used to… people are going to call you that. But you have to remember, as long as you are strong, as long as you are fearless, as long as you are honest, you have nothing to worry about’.”

Wow. Lee Daniels has lived a hell of a life.

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  1. Tamahra

    April 5, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    This is a bit stigmatizing you can’t contract Aids only HIV, Aids is not a virus only HIV is and neither Hiv/Aids is considered a death sentence.

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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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