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Introducing Jay Ellis: 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Newest Player on “The Game”




On Tuesday night The Game fans will finally meet, Jay Ellis.

The Tulsa, OK native has been tapped to play Bryce “The Blueprint” Westbrook on the hit BET series, taking over Pooch Hall’s spot as the star player on the team.

HipHollywood sat down with Ellis regarding his much buzzed about role and also found out what fans can expect from season six.

“I play Blue and Lauren [London] plays Kiera Whitaker who is a former child star who took some time off from acting and is making her way back in. Her and Blue bump into each other draft night and there is a little bit of a spark and we basically spend the next 20 episodes or so finding out what is going to happen between those two.”

But before Ellis or London make their big debut, HipHollywood also found out 10 things about Ellis you may not know. Check it out!

The Game Season 6 premieres Tuesday, March 26th at 10/9c. Will you be watching?


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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