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Stacey Dash appeared in a skit during the 88th Academy Awards and not only was it incredibly awkward, but the moment fell totally flat.

The Fox News Correspondent, who recently came under fire suggesting that we should abolish Black History month, was introduced during the show as the “new director” of the Academy’s “minority outreach program,” something that for anybody up to date on Dash’s recent ignorant comment, understood.

Sadly, Rock’s efforts to joke about Dash’s latest controversy became more of a WTF moment for the rest of the world.

“I cannot wait to help my people out,” Dash professed on stage. “Happy Black History Month!”

Insert crickets.

Considering the moment went over hundreds of heads, Dash decided to address the moment with a lengthy blog post directly after the show.

“When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes,” she wrote. “I’m not ‘black enough,’ they say. But guess what? I’ve heard that all my life. I would rather be a free thinking, black than a cookie cutter black who thinks — and votes — just like all my friends.”

“Yes, I’m the actress from the South Bronx who has always dreamed of winning an Oscar. But God has a great sense of humor and this is my first encounter with one of my dreams of destiny. Bringing diversity to Hollywood… not merely because of color, but politics as well.  (After all, different colors of skin is an easy kind of diversity.  Ideological diversity is much harder, because it forces everyone to come face to face with actual beliefs.  Hollywood needs BOTH.)

Following Stacey’s awkward on stage appearance, Twitter blew up with reactions from Oscar watchers, including Scandal creator, Shonda Rhimes and singer, Demi Lovato.

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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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