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Either Pharrell was really tired from a long day of interviews, or he just wasn’t feeling Kim Burrell when we sat down with the superstar to talk about his new movie Hidden Figures. Their song “I See Victory” seemed to be on the fast track to a Oscar nomination, before all their hopes and dreams were torpedoed by Burrell’s homophobic end-of-year sermon.


We were in Toronto when Burrell and Pharrell debuted the song at an outdoor concert promoting the movie. Now, this interview took place before the sermon hit the internet, but is it us or does he sound less than enthusiastic about Burrell? What do you think?

Since the story broke, Pharrell posted on social media that he condemns hate speech of any kind and also confirmed that Burrell would not be joining him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to perform their song.

Most importantly, Hidden Figures is about three women who overcame prejudice and sexism to change the course of history, so Kim’s comments are a direct contradiction to everything that the movie is about and represents. The inspiring story of these women and how they helped launch NASA’s space program is essential viewing and should be a part of your weekend plans. Hidden Figures hits theaters this Friday, January 6th.

Listen, we’re not trying to start anything but every time we sit down with Pharrell something seems to jump off. Need we remind you about our Despicable Me 2 interview that ended up being a part of the Blurred Lines Trial.

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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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