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Ben Carson has managed to put his foot in his mouth AGAIN and now folks are calling the politician out for his absurd choice of words.

During an interview with SiriusXM Radio host Armstrong Williams on Wednesday, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary was asked to discuss the state of poverty and what actions could be made to reduce the number of people living in poverty. His response will blow your mind. (No pun intended)

“I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,” said Carson. Say whhhaaaattt???

He continued, “You take somebody who has the right mindset, you can take everything from them and put them on the street and I guarantee you in a little while they’ll be right back up there. And you take somebody with the wrong mindset, you can give them everything in the world, they’ll work their way right back down to the bottom.”

Carson also suggested that poverty can be contributed to parenting and “sense of strong values.” So per the usual, Twitter exploded with reaction to Ben’s comments.

Some people, however, defended Carson and suggested he all of all people can speak about poverty given his background growing up in Detroit.

Also defending Carson, Armstrong, who on Thursday morning wrote a blog about the conversation he had with the neurosurgeon. “He noted that at its core, poverty is the result of a “poverty mindset” that is often reinforced by family and social conditions,” he wrote in a post on The Hill. “The mainstream media immediately selected that quote and ran with it. The media’s implication was that “cruel, tone-deaf Carson blames poor people for their poverty.”

Read Armstrong’s full article here.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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