“Hi, I’m back!” Paula Deen wooed a Houston crowd Saturday during her first appearance since the revelation that she used a racial slur in the past, according to CNN affiliate KPRC. The Southern food diva looked straight into the lens of a camera, waved, smiled and winked as a sold-out audience of 1,500 cheered her on during a cooking demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show.
After a standing ovation, Deen wiped the tears on her face and told the crowd, “These are tears of joy, y’all. I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out was Texas.” Deen fan Lucas Boucher flew in from Los Angeles to meet the chef. “I started getting teary-eyed and I just told her we got her back and I said, ‘I’m sorry you’re going through this.’ And she was crying,” said Boucher, who wore a T-shirt with Deen’s face imprinted on the front.
Deen’s career and public reputation went into a tailspin in June after her deposition in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee was released. In the video, Deen admitted using the “N word” in the past. On Saturday, Houston residents, Kelly Eldridge, Stephanie Young and their friends, brought Deen face cut-outs and wore sashes with messages of support such as “Love and Best Dishes” and “Hey ya’ll.” Attendees paid between $75 and $400 for Deen event tickets.
A teary-eyed Deen shared her feelings about the controversy with the crowd. “I’m sure you know, unless you’re living under a rock, the last few months have been difficult. It was an opportunity to learn. I learned a lot about myself and my business. I just want to thank y’all from bottom of my heart.” Deen is scheduled for a second Houston appearance on Sunday and two additional shows in Dallas on September 21 and 22.
A racial fiasco at Red Lobster has become a battle of “he say/she say.” As previously reported, Toni Jenkins, a black waitress at a Red Lobster in Nashville, said that she served a white couple who were rude to her.
They eventually told Jenkins to put all of their food in a to-go box. When Jenkins returned to get the receipt, she found the words, “none n–r” scribbled on the paper. She posted the receipt on Facebook and the post was shared thousands of times. Jenkins was also suspended by Red Lobster for posting the picture on Facebook.
Now the attorney for the white customer who allegedly wrote the ‘N-word’ is speaking out. Richard Dugger claims that his client, Devin Barnes, didn’t the racial slur. Barnes admits to writing “none” and his signature, however.
Barnes said that he and his wife has received threats and Dugger hopes to hire a handwriting specialist to uncover who actually wrote the racial slur.
Jenkins stands by her claim that Barnes wrote the slur. Red Lobster has investigated the incident and Jenkins will return to work this week.
The black St. Peter’s Prep student who purportedly received racist text messages warning him to drop out of the Jersey City high school’s student government election sent the texts to himself, a school official confirmed last week.
“The entire Saint Peter’s Prep community is relieved that this extremely distressing incident has found closure, and we commend the various law enforcement officials for their diligent work on this case over the past months,” said school spokesman James Horan, who confirmed the result of the probe after its disclosure by a police source.
The 16-year-old was running for president for the Student Council in May when he supposedly received four hateful text messages. He brought them to the attention of school officials who called in his father and police. “We have NEVER and will NEVER have an (n-word) to lead our school,” was one of the messages supposedly sent to the 16-year-old student, who at the time, was a resident in Jersey City.
The message went on to call President Obama by his middle name Hussein and used a racial slur in referring to Obama, a police report said. “We will never make that mistake again. Drop out right now . . .” it continued, a police report said. A second message read “Whites! Your a waste on this earth, a waste at this school, and most importantly a Waste for this campaign.” That message called the student government candidate a “slave” and used a racial slur, a report said.
The third message texted to — and as it turns out from — the student, contained a warning to drop out of the race and the fourth read, in part, “COMEONE your black!!! lol your a joke for even trying to run,” according to a police report. The 16-year-old eventually lost the race for student council president but was elected vice president. A source said he no longer attends the school. Police were not immediately able to determine who sent the text messages because they were sent using a phone app called TEXTME.
In an interview with The Jersey Journal at the time the texts were sent, the boy’s father said his son was “extremely nervous and feels threatened” and did not want to be interviewed. “He is the type of boy who does not want any kind of trouble,” the father said. “It’s so sad. He doesn’t want the image of the school to be tainted.”
“It is a predominantly white school and there may be a few sections of the school who are fearful of a new face trying to get in office,” the father said at the time.
SMH at him and SMH at all the typos in those self-sent texts.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper is catching a lot of heat over a comment he recently made at a Kenny Chesney concert where he yelled out the “N-Word” in the midst of a conversation and was caught on camera doing so. Riley Cooper has since apologized for using the racial slur and is taking some time away from the team to undergo counseling.
While his teammates appear to be split on how they feel about the wide receiver’s comment, Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders is giving his two cents about the situation as he had a few things to say about the Riley Cooper controversy. The former NFL star took to his Twitter account and spoke on the backlash Riley Cooper has been receiving over his use of the “N-Word” and he feels people are being too judgmental of Riley as they probably use the word themselves.
Do you think Riley’s comments have been blown out of proportion? Hit the flip to see what other encouraging words Deion had for the racist baller….
Lil Wayne is throwing shots at Philadelphia Eagles' wide receiver Riley Cooper for racial slurs he made. "Riley Cooper kan suk my ...." Weezy tweeted this week.
Cooper was caught on tape during a Kenny Chesney concert saying, "I will jump that fence and fight every n----r here!" Allegedly, Cooper was reacting to a black security guard who would not allow him backstage.
Since the scandal, Cooper was excused from NFL activities and fined, reports NFL.com. He is seeking counseling too. "Right now, I think it's important for me to take some time to reflect on this situation," Cooper said in a statement released by the team. "The organization and my teammates have been extremely supportive, but I also realize that there are people who will have a tough time forgiving me for what I've done. The best thing for me, and for the team, is to step away for a period of time. "
"That's no excuse for what I said. I don't use that term," Cooper said afterwards per ESPN. "I was raised better than that. I have a great mom and dad, and they're disgusted with my actions."
Lil Wayne has been rather vocal when it comes to sports. The rapper has a blog on ESPN and has appeared on the channel several times as a talking head.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made a big statement in the aftermath of the Riley Cooper N-word controversy. On Aug 1., Goodell announced that the NFL would not be issuing any punishment regarding Cooper’s use of the racial epithet while at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Goodell revealed that he couldn’t hand out an additional fine or suspension because the Philadelphia Eagles had already fined Cooper a measly $37,000 and forced him to take sensitivity classes. Because of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, NFL officials aren’t allowed to punish players twice.
However, Cooper’s situation is unique. The Eagles called Goodell and gave him information on the incident after they punished Cooper. In turn, the team attempted to handcuff Goodell by not allowing him to be the first person to decide on a proper punishment. As a result, Goodell should have overruled the Eagles and issued a stiffer penalty.
By not suspending Cooper, Goodell sent a disturbing message to black NFL players and black fans who spend their hard-earned money to support their favorite teams. The underlying message is that a white player can use a racial slur and only receive a slap on the wrist. It shows that the NFL will tolerate such actions without severe repercussions.
At this point, all black NFL players and fans should feel disrespected by Goodell’s lack of action.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick empathized when wide receiver Riley Cooper apologized to him during a 15-minute conversation Wednesday night, and then to teammates, for using a racial slur after a confrontation with an African-American security guard during a Kenny Chesney concert in June.
“What if your son or daughter made a mistake of this factor? How would you want people to perceive it? I’ve been there before,” said Vick, who made the most of his second chance with the Eagles after serving a 21-month sentence for his role in a dog-fighting ring.
“Him being my brother, knowing him for so long, it’s hard to defend him saying that. At the same, time, it happened. We talked about it man to man, one on one. We just know that we have to some way move on. It’s a very delicate situation. But we all understand. Somehow we all have to find a way to get past it. That’s maturity in itself.”
In a video that has gone viral after being published Wednesday on CrossingBroad.com, Cooper said, “I will jump that fence and fight every (N-word) here, bro.”
Uh oh! Hit the flip to peep more from Vick’s bout that life little brother and other Black folks who are not forgiving Riley Cooper’s racist comments…
Riley Cooper of the Philadelphia Eagles has become famous for the wrong reason. Instead of achieving notoriety for his play on the football field, Cooper is now a household name for using a racial slur. Cooper used the “N-word” while at a Kenny Chesney concert.
Cooper was caught on video by a cell phone camera after he became upset with a black security guard. He later apologized for using the slur and was fined by the Eagles organization. Cooper also caught flack on Twitter.
Michael Vick’s brother, Marcus, also gave his opinion on Cooper and offered a bounty.
“Hey I’m putting a bounty on Riley’s head. K to the first Free Safety or Strong Safety that lights his a– up! Wake him up please,” Marcus Vick tweeted.
He also tweeted, “Hahaha! Peace of s–. Who want to play on a team with guys like that? Riley Cooper you’re a f— boy!!! Racist peace of s–.”
Michael Vick responded by saying, “Marcus doesn’t need to show a level of ignorance himself.”
Marcus deleted his tweets and later said his Twitter page was hacked.
Georgia celebrity chef Paula Deen could try tap dancing her way back into good graces with an appearance on “Dancing With The Stars,” some media outlets are suggesting.
Deen, who has a loyal following in Georgia and across the country, has lost multiple sponsorships since she admitted past use of a racial slur.
ABC, which airs “Dancing With The Stars,” has refused to confirm reports that Deen could make an appearance on the show.
“We don’t comment on casting until we officially announce,” an ABC official told The Huffington Post. The show has showcased other polarizing figures, including Kate Gosselin and Bistol Palin.
After her “Today” interview with Matt Lauer didn’t help quiet the controversy, the disgraced former Food Network star hired Judy Smith, the woman who inspired “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope.
This isn’t the first time Deen has been rumored to be asked to join the “Dancing With The Stars” cast.
Before Season 14 kicked off in early 2012, ABC reportedly asked Deen, who had just announced that she had Type 2 diabetes, to put on her dancing shoes.
“Producers love Paula’s likability and think it would guarantee she’d be around for a couple weeks, regardless,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com at the time.
In 2010, Deen, said she had been asked to be on the show, but turned them down.
“Fat girls don’t look good sweating. I’ve got catfish arms … And I’ve got — is that a muffin top right there?” Deen was quoted as saying at the time.
No, fat girls look even fatter sweating. We can’t see ABC doin’ anything as stupid as hiring this broad