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Exclusive: Kobe Bryant Wants A Son? + Named Brand Ambassador for Hublot



Kobe Bryant may be mum about his retirement plans, but he isn’t shy when it comes to the question of having more kids.

HipHollywood caught up with the NBA superstar at the launch event for his new “King Power Black Mamba” watch by Hublot and he had this to say about a Kobe Jr.

“We’ve talked about it a little but we love our girls so much. It’s hard because you’re so busy there’s not enough time during the day and I want to be able to spend as much time as I can with my girls enjoying them, teaching them basketball and soccer, softball all that different stuff.”

Bryant has been named the new brand ambassador for luxury watch brand, Hublot, and was also excited about the new partnership telling us:

“It’s very exciting. I think when you look for partnerships you look for things you have in common with the partner. In this case I believe Hublot, they really try to be very innovative in their pursuit of technology and the various materials they use, so I thought it was a seamless relationship.”


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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