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Rihanna and Drake are winning. Seriously. Both the singer and rapper broke records this week with their respective albums, ANTI and Views. 

Views, Drake’s 4th studio album, sold over one million copies in its first week and streamed over 250 million times worldwide. On another note, the Canadian rapper’s NBA team, the Toronto Raptors are also doing well. On Thursday, the team beat the Miami Heat in Game 2 in the NBA semifinals.

Rding along the success train with Drizzy, his friend Rihanna, whose album ANTI just went double platinum. On Thursday, the LP was certified double platinum and became the first 2X multi-platinum album of 2016.

A very excited Badgalriri wrote on Instagram:

“#ANTI is the first album from 2016 to be certified double platinum by @RIAA_Awards and #WORK is 3x platinum!! Thank you so much for your love and support Navy, you’re amazing!”

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Rihanna is currently on her ANTI world tour and Drake has been right by the singer’s side, making appearances in several cities with the beauty. The pair heated things up yet again on Wednesday during their performance of “Work” at LA’s The Forum.


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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