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Ever since actress Megalyn Echikunwoke was spotted with Chris Rock at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Bash, rumors have been flying that the two are a couple. But not according to Echikunwoke.


Rock, 51 and Echikunwoke, 32 at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Bash. (courtesy of PageSixx)

HipHollywood caught up with the part Nigerian beauty hoping she would confirm reports, but instead the Arrow actress played it coy, and implied that she was single. “I’m too busy for romance,” she said with a sly grin. “Yeah I have work to do.”

So what does she make of the rumors that she is dating Rock,who split with his wife of 19 years in 2014? “I think its pretty  funny that people don’t have anything else to do, but hey if you want to talk about me go right ahead, I’m pretty interesting I guess.”

We didn’t believe her answer however for one bit, and as we suspected Echikunwoke showed up with Rock at the Vanity Fair bash along with Rock’s mother, which definitely spells serious.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Rosalie Rock, Oscar telecast host Chris Rock and actress Megalyn Echikunwoke attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/VF16/Getty Images for VF)

(L-R) Rosalie Rock,  Chris Rock and actress Megalyn Echikunwoke attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Photo by Larry Busacca/VF16/Getty Images for VF)

But what do you think? Are Echikunwoke, 32 and Rock 51, just friends or an item. Let us know in the comments below.


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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