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Happy birthday Gabrielle Union. Today, the Being Mary Jane actress turns 43 and the beauty doesn’t look a day over 25. And we aren’t the only ones appreciating Union’s killer looks.

Gabrielle’s husband, Dwyane Wade, shared the sweetest message on Instagram Thursday morning wishing his queen a happy birthday.

“Mmmm i got me one!!! Happy Birthday to this Bad one right here. My wife @gabunion enjoy your day baby I wish I was celebrating today with you but duty calls. We will party when I’m back. #40sneverlookedsogood #beautifulblackqueen #TheWades.”

Wade is currently on the road with the Miami Heat, who is set to play LeBron James and company in Cleveland on Friday night. And because Wade can’t be with his love bug, Union made sure to hint that she is craving a few things.

“Birthday JOY… spread that isn around,” she wrote on Instagram. “You get some joy! You get some joy! Happy happy joy joy… now i need some biscuits, a taco and a nap…in that order.”

And while Union is soaking in all the birthday love, she is also dishing some back to her friend, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, who too is celebrating her 43rd birthday today.

“Happy Happy Happy Birthday to my birthday twin and one of the most beautiful, talented and FUNNY people on the planet @traceeellisross !!!! May the adventures never stop… Love you mama!!! #Blackish Wed nights on ABC, dont miss it!!!”

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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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