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Mike Epps is tackling the spoof genre with his new flick Meet The Blacks, and HipHollywood caught up with him and the cast at the star-studded world premiere in Los Angeles to talk about making a parody film, and poking fun at serious racial issues.

“Right now with all the racial issues and diversity issues going on, you gotta make light of it,” said Epps. “If we can’t laugh at sh*t, it’ll kill us.”

The film, which is a parody of “The Purge” film franchise, follows the Black family as they settle into their new home in Beverly Hills on the night of the annual purge, and as you can imagine, they aren’t going down without a fight.

“I wanted to do this because I was a huge fan of The Purge and for some reason I was following the franchise and I was like, this would be hilarious if there was a black family in the purge,” said director Deon Taylor.

Taylor enlisted some of the worlds best comics like George Lopez, Gary Owen, Charlie Murphy, Lil Duval and King Bach to appear in the film, and also got cameos from Snoop Dogg, Mike Tyson and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle.

Check out the video above for more from Taylor and the rest of the cast about Meet the Blacks, and hit the flip for pics from the red carpet.

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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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