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On Thursday night, social media timelines were flooded with comments by viewers reacting to NBC’s The Wiz Live!

Starring Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, NeYo, Uzo Aduba, David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelly, Shanice Williams and Common, the show, which took viewers on a journey with Dorothy to find her way back home, was full of soulful music and incredible costumes.

And while hundreds of people took to Twitter during the live show, there was one celebrity that provided more than entertaining commentary: Anna Kendrick.

Whether it was about Queen Latifah’s hair paying homage to Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada or commenting on Neyo’s incredible voice, Kendrick might have been one of the biggest fans out there.

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But Kendrick wasn’t the only one to be in awe of the production.

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  1. MJB News

    December 4, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Did a white person write this article? So many black prominent leaders praised this showing. This article is terrible.

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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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