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Our nation was shaken to the core yet again on Wednesday morning when two gunmen opened fire inside the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

14 lives were lost and 17 others injured, making this the biggest mass shooting in the country since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

But while we all are heartbroken to hear of the tragic news, the incident hits closer to home for others, including actress, Holly Robinson Peete.

The facility where the shooting took place provides housing, work programs, therapy and social services to more than 30,000 people with developmental disabilities, something that Peete is very familiar with. “It’s just nauseating to me, especially because it was at a Regional Center,” she told HipHollywood exclusively during Ebony’s Power 100 Gala.

“As a mom of a kid with autism, we spent the last 15 years at Regional Centers in California, so I know the work that they do there with the special needs community and that something like this would go down in that kind of space,” she said.

“But no different than a school shooting in Connecticut, no different that a concert in Paris, it’s got to stop. I understand prayers are very important, we can pray, but we have to put something in action.”


Exclusive: Niecy Nash, Olivia Munn, Jason George Proud Of Black Female Voters In Alabama



Black women in America should be very, very proud!

On Tuesday night, the voting numbers from Alabama’s senate election came flying in and it was made immediately clear, that the record holding election could not have happened without the Black female vote.

Helping push democrat, Doug Jones, to victory over republican, Roy Moore, was that of Black voters residing in the southern state. According to the numbers, 92% of Black men and 97% of Black women voted for Jones.

“Black women in Alabama changed the whole game. At the end of the day, the Black vote is changing the game,” Jason George told HipHollywood on Wednesday morning during the SAG Awards announcements ceremony. “People are waking up. People aren’t just taking it anymore, they are realizing their voice do actually make a difference.”

Olivia Munn and Niecy Nash, who announced the SAG nominees, were also thankful and proud of the numbers. “Thank you to all the voters who came out to vote,” Muss said. “It just really shows the power you have if you just show up.”

Tracee Ellis Ross, who’s show Black-ish was nominated or an ensemble cast, even wrote on Instagram: “THIS ~ this is just one example of the strength and power of black women and men. this is what we mean when we say every vote matters.”

She added, “This is what is possible when you stand up and make your voice heard. THANK YOU ALABAMA FOR THIS. now let’s all get ready and mobilized for midterms.”

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