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Jada Pinkett Smith and husband Will Smith took a swamp tour in New Orleans, but get this, their journey was all by way of Groupon.

Jada stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and hilariously recounted the moment she and Will realized they were about to jump on a boat with a group of strangers.

According to Jada, her Girls Trip costar, Tiffany Haddish picked up the Groupon and was going to hit the swamps alone. But when she unveiled to Jada she was going alone, the mother of two agreed that she, Will and her brother-in-law would tag along.

Here’s the catch, Pinkett thought a groupon was something you book for a group of friends. “I had no idea. But I’m saying to myself, ‘you got a groupon and you’re going by yourself you need a group.'”

Jada continued, “We get there and I’m like, ‘wow, it’s a lot of people here Tiffany where’s our boat?’ … I thought you had a coupon for a group, meaning the four of us to go on one of those fan boats.”

The moment the actress realized she and Will were going to be on a boat with dozens of random people, she started to freak out. She explained to the late night talk show that it was going to be a mess because of Will.

When Pinkett suggested they leave, it was Will who said, “Forget that I’m not going home, I wanna go on a swamp tour.”

And apparently, they had “the best time ever.”


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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