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Viola Davis presented Meryl Streep with the Cecil B. DeMille Award during Sunday night’s Golden Globes and it was beyond moving, emotional, passionate, but above anything else … made us crave some apple pie and greens.

While Davis stood before Streep to honor the actress for her contribution to the entertainment industry, she opened up with a monologue chronicling a discussion she once had with the stellar performer.

According to Davis, it’s Streep who suggested a homemade apple pie isn’t an apple pie unless you use “pippin apples” and you forego store-bought crust. And it’s not collard greens unless you use “ham hocks.”

“She tilts that head back with that sly suspicious smile, you think do I have something in my teeth or does she want to kick my ass,” Viola joked.

After the talk of greens and apple pie, which was an instant catalyst for salivation, Davis went on to call the actress “a high-powered standing machine.” The actress continued, “She is an observer and a thief. She waits to share what she has stolen on that sacred place which is the screen.”

After a stunning montage of Meryl’s work over the past several decades, she accepted the award with grace, dignity, class, emotion and no voice. The star apologized for her raspy delivery, but went on to suggest “an actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different than us and let you feel what that feels like.”

The beauty then delivered a political message, suggesting that “there was one performance this year that stunned me … sank hooks in my heart … it was effective and it did its job.”

Speaking of President-elect Donald Trump, she said, “It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country, imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.”

“I still can’t get it out of my head. It was real life,” she said. “Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence.” Streep then asked the press “to hold power to account, to call them on the carpet for every outrage.”


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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