Hmmmm … should we all be saying “F- the Oscars”?
While many people are still upset by Selma star David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay’s Oscars snub, actors Chris Spencer and Anthony Anderson are taking a different approach.
While at the NAACP Image Awards luncheon, Spencer revealed his feelings towards the Academy, “F- the Oscars”, he told HipHollywood, “I don’t understand why we care so much about this trophy,” the Real Husbands of Hollywood creator continued. Anderson seemed to echo those sentiments when he stated, “We don’t need awards and awards shows to validate who we are.”
On the other hand, Selma star Niecy Nash felt a bit differently about the snub, especially since she saw firsthand the amazing accomplishments of both Ava and David. “Selma is an American story and I think Ava did a beautiful job. I think David Oyelowo’s performance was transformative and I definitely think there should have been a place for them at the table.”
The Oscars may have missed the mark, but Selma, Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo were all nominated for NAACP Image Awards. You can read the full list of nominees here and watch the NAACP Image Awards when they air live Friday, February 6th 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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