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Exclusive: ICON Mann’s Power 50! Kevin Frazier, Laz Alonso, David Oyelowo Recognized



50 influential men were invited to attend ICON Mann’s Black Men in Entertainment 2013 pre-Emmy Awards dinner, an exclusive, invitation only, men’s Hollywood soiree on Friday night.

HipHollywood was on the red carpet to catch up with the dapper attendees, including HH’s very own, Kevin Frazier.

“It’s great to come out here to see a bunch of different men that are doing things. Tonight we kind of get to talk and hang, and kind of swap stories and also link up about what we are going to do in the future,” the omg!INSIDER host explained.

Wayne Brady, the evening’s host, shared with HH that he was thrilled to be among so many powerful, iconic men.

“Everybody wants to be part of something, and to be part of a fraternity of successful black men here in this town trying to make it, when it’s incredibly hard to make it anyway. Just forget what you look like and where you come from. It means a lot to me to be considered in a certain breathe with some of the guys in that room,” Brady said.

And Lee Daniel’s The Butler star, David Oyelowo, explains that this kind of gathering is actually rare. “One of the tings I’m so proud of in terms of ICON Mann and what it represents, is that often we don’t get to rub shoulders with each other because we tend to be the only one in any given project we are in … I think that coming together in this way we can hopefully change that,” David explained.

Fore more on what some of the power 50 had to say, including Laz Alonso and Richard Roundtree, check out the clip 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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