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Spike Lee, David Banner, White House Officials Attend Funeral Service For Michael Brown



Michael Brown was laid to rest on Monday morning in St. Louis, Missouri.

The home going celebration was held at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church where family, friends, politicians and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the life of the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. According to CNN, the sanctuary, which holds 2,500 people, was filled to capacity, with an overflow auditorium also full.

“You don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot,” Rev. Al Sharpton said during the eulogy. “He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police in the United States.”

Many celebrities also flocked to St. Louis to attend the services, including Spike Lee, David Banner and Tom Joyner.

“Our Brother Mike Brown’s St. Louis Cardinals Hat Lays Upon His Casket Here At The Home Going Celebration Here At The Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist St. Louis,” Spike wrote on Twitter, including an image of Brown’s casket.

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Before the funeral, Brown’s father called for calm and restfulness in the streets of Ferguson so he can funeralize his son in peace. “Please, please take a day of silence so I can, so we can, lay our son to rest,” he said during a rally in St. Louis. “Please. It’s all I ask.”

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  1. Willie Wonka

    April 7, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    What a waste.

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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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