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Spike Lee’s Chi-raq may be about a woman who hosts a sex strike to end gun violence in Chicago, but the films’ stars Nick Cannon and Teyonah Parris still engage in a couple steamy sex scenes.

HipHollywood sat down with Cannon, who plays a Chiraq, and Parris, who plays his girlfriend Lysistrata, and talked about their on-screen chemistry and how they really felt about stripping down for the cameras.

“When you have chemistry with someone you just go there,  you don’t worry about the cameras being there, you protect one another,” explained Cannon. “But at the same time, you deliver what you’re supposed to deliver and that’s raw emotion.”

“It was kind of great because you really just had to trust,” added Parris who was last seen on screen in Dear White People.  “Nick was so good, and made sure I was really comfortable and you need that.”

Parris, also revealed that Lee had them shoot their sex scenes on their very first day of filming, and there may, or may not, have been some liquor involved. Check it out in the video above.

Chi-raq is in theaters December 4th.




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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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