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As we all anticipate the return of ABC’s Scandal, a new trailer for Season 5 is giving us a little glimpse inside what we’ve been waiting for. But is it a let down?

For all you gladiators out there, you are aware that at the end of Season 4, President Fitzgerald Grant kicked his wife, Mellie to the curb … leaving one major question: Does this mean Fitz and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) can now finish what they started?

In the new trailer, it appears as though the on-again off-again lovebirds will carry out their obsession with each other. But then again, it’s hard to tell. Needless to say, the trailer was less than underwhelming. We didn’t exactly learn anything except that some of the main characters, i.e., Mellie, Huck and Cyrus cry at some point.

No, we can’t judge whether or not Season 5 will be sensational based off the trailer … but are we wrong to have wanted more?

Scandal returns Thursday, Sept. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.


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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