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Exclusive: Kyla Pratt On Second Daughter “I Was Going To Announce It At Year 1”



Kyla Pratt shocked us all when she confirmed that she gave birth to her second child in August 2013. Pratt’s rep revealed to HipHollywood last month that the 27-year-old is a mother of a healthy baby girl, but that she isn’t quite ready to release the baby’s name or share any additional information about her new bundle of joy.

It was a secret that was held for nearly 6-months, but while on the red carpet for BET’s Annual Celebration of Gospel, the actress shared with HH that she had every intention on eventually announcing baby number 2.

“With my oldest daughter, I didn’t want to announce it until she was 1-years-old, so I was going to do it the same way around this time; give my second baby the same thing. But people find out stuff,” she told us.

“I was telling my publicist all the stuff I was doing when I was pregnant and he was like ‘and no one said anything?’ I was in New York, we were traveling, we went gambling,” Pratt shared. “Don’t nobody care about me until later on and they be like ‘why you didn’t tell us.’ Nobody said nothing before,” she joked.

We made sure to ask the Let’s Stay Together star whether or not she was hiding anymore children, and she said no, but maybe … “next year.”

The 27-year-old has gotten pretty good at keeping secrets. The actress and her longtime boyfriend, Compton gave birth to their first child together back in November 2010 and kept that pregnancy a secret as well. During another exclusive interview with Pratt last month, the actress revealed why she chose to keep her first gestation a secret.

“Me personally I just feel like it’s something personal that I wanted to experience and enjoy myself,” she told us. “Especially with the social media nowadays, people are easily able to reach you and easily able to say anything that they want to say without any consequences. When you’re pregnant, you’re hormonal, you have a lot of things going on and my fear was somebody saying something and it really effecting me when it doesn’t really matter.”

She continued, “When I announced that I had a daughter, we got a lot of backlash but I didn’t care, I had my baby. But when you’re pregnant you don’t know what somebody’s going to say, or what’s going to effect you or how you’re going to feel. I loved my pregnancy, every moment.”

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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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