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It looks like Chris Brown is not the only supporter of Meek Mill who was recently found guilty of violating probation. The Breaks star, Wood Harris would also love to not see Meek go to jail.

During Mill’s recent court hearing, the rapper plead that he’s a changed man thanks to the probation he was already given. “The chance you gave me definitely changed my life and changed my family’s life,” Mill testified. “If you didn’t give me a chance, I probably wouldn’t be at this place I’m at now.”

The judge, however, questioned, “How many times am I supposed to give him a second chance? This court has done nothing but try to help the defendant.”

But during a recent interview with Harris to talk about his upcoming VH1 film, Harris defended Mill saying, why can’t he be a changed man? “People change everyday,” he told us exclusively. “Somebody you’re around every day has something to do with it, there’s no lie. If it is a life, truth is around there.”

He added, “I don’t like it when people go to jail. I think that jail is made for certain types, I don’t know if Meek Mill needs to be going to jail … I get sick and tired of people getting locked up for non violent things and maybe drug related things. I would like to see him not go to jail.”

During Meek’s recent hearing, he also explained “I have my queen, Nicki [Minaj] now,” this all in efforts to get the judge to change her mind. And while many think it’s odd for Meek to use his girlfriend as a hopeful get out of jail free card, Wood’s co-star, Antoine Harris would do the same.

“If I’d been in jail, I would use whatever I had to use to not go back to jail, if I’m being honest,” Antoine said. “I can’t knock the hustle, who wanna be locked in the box.”

Meek is due back February 5th.


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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