Laurence Fishburne had four words for President Donald Trump and his plan to bring the Feds into Chicago — ‘That’s A Ridiculous Idea!”
If you haven’t heard, Trump plans to enact Martial Law on the city to help put an end to the rampant gun violence. Of course he announced his plan via Twitter.
“If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on . . . I will send in the Feds!” he tweeted on January 24th.
HipHollywood caught up with Fishburne and the cast of his new podcast Bronzeville, set in Chicago, and got their take on Trump’s plan of action.
“I don’t know that he has done one thing that I would consider appropriate or even said one thing that I would consider appropriate,” said Wren Brown.
“We have to realize that we all have a responsibility to help out,” said Affion Crockett. “But it’s not going to be this guy sending Feds in. What are they going to do, start a war?”
For the record, Chicago is experiencing its worst period of bloodshed in decades. According to the Chicago Police Department, there were 51 homicides in the month of January. That’s one more than the 50 killings in the first month of 2016, the city’s worst year for violence in two decades, with 762 homicides.
But instead of bringing in the military, Larenz Tate, who executive produced Bronzeville alongside his two brothers, offered another solution. “What we need is opportunity, what we need is jobs. What we need is some real concrete planning.”
Tate is also a native of Chicago and has been working for nearly a decade to get his audio crime series completed. Set in the 1940s in the African-American Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago, the drama follows the lives of players who ruled the numbers games before it was taken over by the mafia.
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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