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LL Cool J Honored At The Kaleidoscope Ball



It was a beautiful evening at the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday night, as stars came out for the Kaleidoscope Ball.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet for the event that benefits the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

Rapper LL Cool J was honored with the Kaleidoscope Award, and he couldn’t have been more thrilled. “It’s an opportunity to pay it forward, and it’s an opportunity to help raise money so kids can be cured, so kids can be healed, so kids can just feel better about their lives,” LL shared with HH.

The rapper’s lovely wife Simone joined LL not only in support of her husband, but in support of the children’s hospital. “I think it’s great that it’s the first annual charity event. I’m a proud wife, a very proud wife,” LL’s partner of 18-years doted.

The Middle’s Patricia Heaton hosted the event and silent auction. The auction showcased ten extraordinary designer dollhouses created by 20 of the most prominent designers and architects. All proceeds from the sales of the dollhouses will support the UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute.

Check out the video from Wednesday nights ball below:

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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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