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Dozens of celebrities are basking in the glory of being nominated for a 2016 Golden Globe Award; many even taking to social media in response to their well deserved accomplishments.

Regina King, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Limited-Series or TV Movie thanks to her role on American Crime, released a statement that read:

“I am so elated and honored to be nominated for my first Golden Globe for a role that resonated with the viewers. I want to thank my fellow cast members and the whole crew of America Crime as it takes a village and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Uzo Aduba, who just received a nod on Wednesday for a SAG Award, tweeted about her GG nomination:

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Aruba also released a statement that read:

“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for recognizing both myself and our entire Orange Is the New Black family. We go to work so inspired to share the stories of these characters, and I am beyond grateful for this tremendous honor. Thank you, HFPA!”

Lady Gaga received her first Golden Globe nomination for her role on American Horror Story: Hotel and apparently couldn’t contain her emotions. The singer wrote eon Facebook:

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Empire has had a big week — First being nominated for 12 NAACP Image Awards and now, picking up two Golden Globe nominations: One for Best TV Series Drama and the show’s star, Taraji P. Henson, garnering a nod for Best Actress in a TV Series Drama.

The show’s creator and director, Lee Daniels, is thrilled about the big news.

 “I am humbled by this recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. To everyone tuning in week after week, embracing our stories and characters, I thank you. And a very special thanks to my partner in crime Danny Strong and the team that made this happen – cast, crew, and everyone at Fox. And Taraji [P. Henson], Yes God! Thank you for breathing life into Cookie. Again so humbled and honored.”

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And of course, Henson couldn’t keep quiet, tweeting a thank you to “all.”

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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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