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Exclusive: What Billboard Finalist Jussie Smollett Says Stayed “On Lock”



Empire star Jussie Smollett took the stage at the LA Twitter offices alongside Chrissy Teigen on Tuesday morning to announce the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

HipHollywood caught up with Smollett following the live feed to talk about a slew of topics, including what Billboard nominee he enjoyed the most this year. “J. Cole’s album stayed for the past couple of months on lock. Constantly on repeat,” Smollett told HipHollywood when asked what he has been jamming out to lately.

Jussie also revealed that Kendrick Lamar’s latest album is also in heavy rotation.

J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive was nominated for Top Rap Album, along with Drake’s If You’re Rading This It’s Too Late, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint, Iggy Azalea’s The New Classic and Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Cole also garnered a nod for Top Rap Artist.

During the announcements, Chrissy Teigen, who will be hosting this year’s awards show, was thrilled to announce her husband, John Legend as a nominee of five categories, including Top Radio Song Artist and Top R&B Artist.

The Billboard Music Awards are set to air on May 17 at ABC at 8 p.m.

Click for a list of all the nominees.

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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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