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Exclusive: The “Hollywood Divas” Host Premiere Event in Hollywood



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The Hollywood Divas took over Hollywood Tuesday night to host a premiere party for their new TV One docu-series. HipHollywood was on the red carpet for the star-studded event and caught up with the ladies to find out why they decided to do a reality show and what fans can expect.

“It was something completely different than Girlfriends,” explained Golden Brooks. “Something different than I was doing with my career…I thought this would be a good outlet to kind of sample and test out another side of me.”

Brooks is joined by Countess Vaughn (The Parkers), Paula Jai Parker (Hustle & Flow), Elise Neal (The Hughleys) and Lisa Wu (Real Housewives of Atlanta) on the series.

Wu, told us many people may wonder why she’s on a show following the lives of beloved Hollywood actresses, but she got her start writing for TV and acting before becoming a housewife. “I’m back home doing what I love, so people get to see me in another light which was a lot of fun … I’m amongst my peers and it feels great.”

And while the ladies had lots of fun, Parker told us there was a little drama along the way, especially when it came down to working on a short film she was directing. “We all came for each other at one point,” laughed Parker. “Trying to get five divas together is like a conundrum, like it doesn’t make sense , it’s an oxymoron, but I was able to do it, through patience, God and divine order.”

You can catch the Hollywood Divas every Wednesday night at 10pm et/pt on TV One.



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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