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Could Solange Play Diana Ross? Tracee Ellis Ross Thinks So!



Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, Aaliyah, Nina Simone and many more all have biopics in the works this year. But, there’s one story we would love to add the the list…Diana Ross!

Years ago, a Diana biography was rumored to be in pre-production with Solange Knowles tapped to play the lead, but nothing ever materialized. Now, with the immense popularity of telling the stories of legendary figures in Black culture, it’s only a matter of time before someone shares the Motown mavens life on the big screen.

HipHollywood caught up with Ms. Ross’ daughter, Tracee Ellis Ross, at the premiere of her new show Black-ish and asked her if she thought Solange could play her mother. “Does Solange act?” the Girlfriends star asked, but she continued, “She must, she’s so talented. She can do everything, right?”


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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