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Queen Latifah To Perform ‘America the Beautiful’ At Super Bowl XLVIII



Queen Latifah has been added to the Super Bowl line up.

As the Seattle Seahawks get ready to take on the Denver Broncos on Sunday in Queen’s home town of New Jersey, the talk show host will take the field at the MetLife Stadium to belt out America’s patriotic song, “America the Beautiful.”

This won’t be Queen’s first rodeo performing at the big game, the actress performed the same song at Super Bowl XLIV four years ago.

This year, the National Anthem will be performed by opera singer Renee Fleming, with Amber Zion performing in American Sign Language. And taking on one of the biggest, most anticipated performances of the year … Bruno Mars. The Grammy Award winner will headline the half time show and will be joined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Bruno Mars was also just added to the line up fo this summer’s Wireless festival in London and Birmingham. Mars, Kanye West and Drake will headline the festival and will be joined by will be joined by Pharrell Williams, Rudimental, Outkast, Basement Jaxx, Wiz Khalifa and Ellie Goulding.

The Super Bowl kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.


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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