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Family vs. career has been a hot debate topic for quite some time with many, like Gabrielle Union, insinuating that women had to choose one over the other.

Well, that’s not the case for actress Tracee Ellis Ross. The Black-ish star says she had a great example of a woman who did both very well — her mother, Diana Ross! “I had an example of a woman who did not choose one or the other. My mom had a beyond successful career and she was an incredible parent,” Ross told us while on the set of Black-ish.

And although Tracee doesn’t have kids, that doesn’t mean it’s because of her impressive resume. The culry-headed beauty says when people assume she put off having a family to focus on her career it completely confuses her. “What are you talking about?,” she tells those people with the wrong assumptions. “I wasn’t like, ‘not now, I really don’t want that marriage proposal, I’m working towards my career. I’m going to pause in the baby because I’m working on my career’. That wasn’t my experience.”

Tracee believes life happens the way it’s suppose to! And in the meantime, you can catch her play a mother and wife on Black-ish every Wednesday at 9:30pm 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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