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Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing struggle with the NFL has continued for months, the 29 year old quarterback has yet to be signed since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers back in March.

In addition to professional football, Kaepernick gained national attention when he refused to stand for the National Anthem as a protest against the mistreatment of black and brown people in the United States.  He has be vilified by conservative groups and seemingly blacklisted by the NFL.

This week, former NFL linebacker, Ray Lewis took to social media, chastising Kaepernick for being so outspoken in favor of human rights, saying that Colin should keep his activism private, which sort of defeats the purpose of a protest, but ok.

 

Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa Diab took to social media to fire back at Lewis by posting this meme:

 

The meme compares Lewis to the House Servant in Django Unchained– who many construe as a trader in the film because he supported the abusive and racist slave owner. Its safe to say that MANY people did not like this comparison. Attacking Diab’s looks:

Kaepernick is using his own privilege to take a stand and has stated early on in his protest that “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

It is also important to mention that even though Kaepernick is currently a free agent (read UNEMPLOYED) that hasn’t stopped him from fulfilling his promise of donating $1 Million dollars to charities of his choosing, including the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic at Standing Rock, Appetite for Change, and SOUL (Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation).

Despite of what people think of Nessa’s tweet, we’re humbled by the generosity of Kaepernick in the midst of this controversy.

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

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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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