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You already know Halle Berry doesn’t play when it comes to her kids. Back in 2013 the Oscar winner was instrumental in getting the state of California to pass a law that the paparazzi can’t harass public figures while they are with their children.

So it’s no surprise the first film she made after getting that bill passed is all about a mother who will stop at nothing to save her child.

“I had just gotten the bill passed, Senate Bill 606, that got the paparazzi off my kids, and that was something I didn’t think I could do, but I gained strength in knowing that if I really wanted to do something I could do it,” she explained.

“This was the first movie after I started a production company – 606 films, and this was right in line with that female empowerment saying as women we can do exactly whatever we set our minds to there are no limitations.”

And there are no limitations to what Berry will do to get her kid back in Kidnap. In the film Berry chases down the creeps who snatch her 6-year-old son played by Sage Correa, and, she told Hiphollywood she loved the physical demands of the role — when not behind the wheel of her trusty mini van.

“I had just had a baby,” joked Berry. “My son was really little when we started filming so I needed to be running my butt off.”

You can see Berry kicking some butt when Kidnap hits theaters Aug 4th.


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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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