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Exclusive: Did Lupita Nyong’o Make Halle Berry Cry?



It’s been 12 years since Halle Berry became the first African American woman to win the Academy Award for best actress, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t get emotional when Lupita Nyong’o’s name was called during the 86th annual ceremony.

“I wasn’t as emotional as she was, obviously,” Berry joked to HipHollywood. “But, that makes me really happy when I see people like Lupita be given an opportunity to shine … and to feel like I was somehow apart of that years ago just makes me feel proud.”

And the 47-year-old actress is also proud to finally release her film “Frankie & Alice” about a 70’s go-go dancer with multiple personality disorder. Berry shot the film in 2008, was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 2010, but still had a hard time getting distribution until now.

“It’s a hard film to get made because of the subject matter, but I just wouldn’t let it go,” explained Berry. “Then Lionsgate and CodeBlack films came along and I thought wow we have to put this out, and I’m so happy because it’s like my little baby.”

And Berry certainly knows a thing or too about that. She now has a 5 month old son with hubby Olivier Martinez, and says being a mother has certainly given her a new outlook on life. Check it out!

Frankie & Alice is in theaters April 4th.


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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