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Full-time publicity THOT and part-time Transformer actor Tyrese is furious with Chris Rock following Sunday’s Academy Awards. Tyrese posted a video on Instagram blasting the show’s host for poking fun at Jada Pinkett Smith during his opening monologue.

“Jada got mad, Jada says she’s not coming, protesting, I’m like – doesn’t she have a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited,” the comedian joked. The punchline, which Tyrese admits he didn’t see himself since he didn’t watch The Oscars, prompted him to post this bi-polar video on IG.

While Rock did make fun of Smith, Tyrese neglected to mention all of the other things he did while fulfilling his hosting duties, like skewer Hollywood. “But why are we protesting this Oscars?” Rock asked. “It’s the 88th Academy Awards, which means this whole no-black nominees thing has happened at least 71 other times.”

“I’m sure there was no black nominees some of those years, say ’62, ’63, and black people didn’t protest. Why? Because we had real things to protest at the time…We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer! When your grandmother’s swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short,” he also commented in his opening monologue.

It’s worth noting that Tyrese was one of the few celebrities calling on Rock to boycott The Oscars, something Rock responded to during the show. “People are like, ‘Chris, you should boycott. How come only unemployed people ask you to quit something?’ No one with a job tells you to quit.”


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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