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Just hours after two gunmen opened fire inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, African American power players stepped onto the red carpet for Ebony magazine’s 30th Annual Power 100 Gala; thus making the evening very bitter sweet.

As people arrived to the event, which was to salute the achievements of the most influential African-Americans in the country, conversation surrounding the massacre was heavy and too fresh to not discuss.

HipHollywood caught up with several stars that expressed their pain and condolences following the tragic news. “Barack Obama said that ‘this doesn’t happen in any other country with this kind of frequency.’ That’s an important fact to remember,” the night’s host, Arsenio Hall told us.

But aside from the recent shooting, it was the issue of gun control that also became a major discussion of the night. “I’m concerned about the pattern that we are creating in this country,” Jidenna said. “And we really need to humble ourselves and study other countries in terms of gun control right now and figure out a solution, fast.”

Grey’s Anatomy star and one of the honorees of the evening, Jesse Williams, said the fact that it’s “easier to get any kind of gun without being regulated than it is to get a driver’s license” is “ridiculous.”  He added, “Obviously look at any other country that is a high population and calls themselves developed … we see policies that work that preserve safety.”

Joining Williams in being honored and also being featured on the publication’s latest issue, the beautiful and talented, Zendaya. “It’s crazy to just be brought up in the conversation. To be around so many beautiful people who want beautiful things and are doing amazing positive things.”

By the way, Zendaya says her life has been “made” because the Ebony cover also includes Harry Belafonte.

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Tracee Ellis Ross Spills The Real Tea On ‘Black-ish’ Wage Demands + Deon Cole, Jenifer Lewis Weigh In

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Tracee Ellis Ross is unveiling the truth behind recent reports that she was demanding more money for her time spent on ABC’s Black-ish.

Just last week, The Hollywood Reporter suggested Tracy was in negotiations and asking for more for not only going into her fourth season on the hit show, but because her male co-host, Anthony Anderson, makes significantly more than she does.

The report also claimed that if she didn’t make any headway, she might step away and consider guest starring on other shows.

Over the weekend, Ellis addressed the reports and didn’t exactly deny the claims. In a lengthy statement shared on social media, Ross said that she “was in renegotiation, like many actors find themselves in during the fourth season of a successful show.”

She continued, “I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show that I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV.”

She did, however, confirm that claims there were threats are false. “I wish I could have been called by the reporter to confirm that,” she wrote.

Tracy’s statement falls right in line with what her co-stars, Deon Cole and Jenifer Lewis, explained to HipHollywood on Sunday night during the 2018 SAG Awards.

When asked about Ross’ desire to earn more money, Lewis said, “Tracee should have more money, you should have more money, every woman should have more money because we’ve been in the background too long. ”

Television’s favorite mom continued, “We’ve got grab her by the pussy in the White House and women are not standing for it anymore. Black-ish is a very important show, we are dealing with all the pressing issues of our time … This is the time to look it in the face and address it and come through the fire. Women are not taking it anymore.”

Deon also shut down rumors that Ross would be taking a back seat, telling us “There’s two sides to every story. Tracee is fine, everybody is fine, and everybody is getting paid. Everybody is eating. It’s all love I promise you.”

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