Tag: Paula Deen

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Business

Celebrity-store partnership runs risks

In this Nov. 11, 2007, file photo, recording artist Jay-Z performs at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. (AP Photo/Gary He, File) by Anne D’InnocenzioAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When big-name celebrities pair up with big businesses, customers often believe the adage: You are the company you keep. Rap artist Jay-Z is learning that firsthand. He has complained this week that he’s been unfairly “demonized” because he hasn’t backed out of his collaboration with Barneys New York after the luxury retailer was accused of racially profiling two Black customers.

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National

Paula Deen dropped by Wal-Mart after ‘Today’ tears

This undated image released by Smithfield Foods shows celebrity chef Paula Deen wearing a Smithfield apron as she stands in front of various Smithfield meat products. (AP Photo/Smithfield Foods via PRNewsFoto) by David Bauder NEW YORK (AP) – Paula Deen was dropped by Wal-Mart and her name was stripped from four buffet restaurants on Wednesday, hours after she went on television and tearfully defended herself amid the mounting fallout over her admission of using a racial slur. The story has become both a day-by-day struggle by a successful businesswoman to keep her career afloat and an object lesson on the level of tolerance and forgiveness in society for being caught making an insensitive remark.

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Opinion

Bill Maher defends Paula Deen and says she’s no worse than a rapper

BILL MAHER (AP Photo) by Dr. Boyce Watkins (YourBlackWorld.com)–Comedian Bill Maher is the liberal that people love and hate at the same time. He has an opinion on nearly everything and has enough money that he doesn’t have to care what you think. Recently, Maher spoke about the racial controversy involving cooking queen Paula Deen. Unless you’ve been on vacation to Mars, you probably heard that Deen lost her show on the Food Network after admitting to the use of racial slurs in the past. Deen is a White woman born in Georgia in the 1940s, so we have to admit that her admitting that she’s used the n-word falls under the “no duh” category. Nearly everyone in Georgia, at that time, referred to Black people as n*ggers, we just have to accept that. But Maher went a step further, not only stating that Deen should possibly be given a pass for being a woman from the south born before the civil rights movement, but even asked if rap records should be banned because hip-hop artists also use the n-word.

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Opinion

Soul-Patrol: Paula Deen, Culture Banditry, Sonny Corleone…A teachable moment?

BOB DAVIS No doubt you all have seen the furor that has erupted over Paula Deen and her recent testimony in a lawsuit that has been published all over the Internet? My initial reaction when hearing about is was something along the lines of; “Well, it doesn’t exactly surprise me, she’s no different than a whole lot of people in the United States…” Then I thought about the different ways that Lil Wayne and Emmett Till might react to Paula Deen and her commentary? Then I saw Black American CBS News commentator Nancy Giles on TV making the following statement: “…and on top of everything else she STOLE all of OUR recipes anyhow” That’s when the light bulb went off over my head.

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People

Paula Deen fans vent their outrage at Food Network

This 2006 file photo originally released by the Food Network shows celebrity chef Paula Dean. Paula Deen’s fans are serving up deep-fried outrage to the Food Network for its decision to dump the Southern comfort food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. (AP Photo/ Food Network, file) by Russ Bynum SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Watching Paula Deen’s cooking show was a weekend ritual for Marilynne Wilson, who says she’s furious at the Food Network for dumping the comfort-food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. “I was shocked. I thought she’d get a fair trial,” Wilson, a nurse from Jacksonville, Fla., said Saturday after stopping to buy souvenirs at the gift shop Deen owns next to her Savannah restaurant. “I think the Food Network jumped the gun.”