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Exclusive: Mary J. Blige Talks New Christmas Album + Drops Music Video



Mary J. Blige is bringing a little soul to some of your favorite Christmas songs with her new album A Mary Christmas.

HipHollywood caught up with Blige while she was promoting her role in Black Nativity and found out why she decided to drop a hoilday album.

“It was time,” explained the Grammy Award winner.  “So when David Foster asked me it was nothing to say yes.”

For the album Blige puts her stamp on tunes like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” and When You Wish Upon a Star” featuring Barbara Streisand and Chris Botti.

On working with Babs Blige told us she was overjoyed.

“When she said yes I was like… I mean I knew her before but it was a blessing that she said yes to me.”

A Mary Christmas is in stores now, and HipHollywood has gotten our hands on the first music video, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Check it out.

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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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