Fans of “Basketball Wives: LA” can stand up and cheer. According to cast member Jackie Christie, the series is returning to Vh1 for a 4th season and production is starting very soon. “I do know production is starting, sooner than later I hope,” explained Christie while not he carpet for TV One’s “Hollywood Divas”. “But yeah we are going to get started pretty soon.”
Fans were left to wonder the fate of original series, Basketball Wives after ended it’s 5th season without a reunion. Rumor has it, Vh1 is planning to revamp the franchise, but a rep at the network would only tell us, “At this moment, we have no new news on the franchise, plans are still being discussed.”
In the meantime, the Los Angeles spinoff will have to do for die hard fans. So who exactly is returning? Christie couldn’t tell us much, but did say that it will be full of surprises. “I have to say wait and see,” Christie said with a smile. “I do know our show, Vh1 and Shed Media always brings something fresh and different so I can say it will be a surprise.”
And if you are wondering where things stand for she and cast member Draya Michelle, Christie says, “I really look at Draya like a little sister, even though she doesn’t like to take my advice and she’s always arguing with me … We kinda like each other I think, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.”
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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