It was an afternoon of “Diamonds & Diapers” presented by youthH20, as reality star Evelyn Lozada hosted her baby shower on Saturday, February 8 … and HipHollywood got a sneak peak inside.
Lozada enlisted the help of celebrity event planner Diann Valentine to put together the lavish affair held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
“I didn’t want my baby shower to be too cheesy, baby,”explained Lozada. “So we decided on “Diamonds and Diapers”, which every girl loves diamonds, lets just keep it real, its not just me, so we just wanted it to be different. ”
Attendees included Basketball Wives Executive Producer Shaunie O’Neal and Teresa Caldwell (the mother of Bow Wow) who hosted the affair, along with Ev’s family and other reality stars like, Tiffney Cambridge (Marrying the Game) RaSheeda Ali (Love & Hip Hop) and Julissa Bermudez (Empire Girls).
Lozada is expecting a child with L.A. Dodger Carl Crawford, but said they haven’t decided on a name. “I’m just happy its a boy and he has a penis,” joked Lozada.
Lozada will reveal more deets on her pregnancy, romance with Crawford, and their future plans with Nina Parker on The Insider, tonight.
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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