Commentary: When was the last time you pulled a Paula Deen and said the N-word?

Updated: Saturday, August 13, 2016 @ 2:05 AM
Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 5:13 PM
By: Amelia Robinson - Staff Writer

In a recently released statement butter queen Paula Deen admits she used the “N” word and says she is sorry.

“I want to learn and grow from this,” the beloved celebrity chef and controversal diabetic said, noting that her use of the word was unexceptionable.

“I beg for your forgiveness,” she said in the short statement. Here is a video of her apology.

The now former 66-year-old Food Network host and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers are being sued by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.

Read: Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

Jackson alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment filled with racial slurs. She wants $1.2 million.

According to a disposition, Jackson in one incident asked Dean about waiter uniforms for a wedding and Deen said the following:

“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n—-s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around.” Paula Deen laughed and said “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

How’s that for a little south out of her mouth?

Deen remembered that conversation differently, saying the following when asked about the incident:

"I don’t recall that. I recall - I do recall, once again, in my bathroom at that house, and why we would have been in the bathroom, I was probably filming and changing clothes, that’s the only reason why we would have been in that bathroom, they must have run out during my lunch break or something from filming, and I remember us talking about the meal. And I remember telling them about a restaurant that my husband and I had recently visited. And I’m wanting to think it was in Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere, and it was so impressive. The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid somebody would misinterpret."

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Not taking up for Paula Deen here or saying there shouldn’t be backlash, but she isn’t the only person in the world to use the N word. We all know what word I am talking about.

I am not sure if Deen is sorry. I am not sure if Deen would have apologized if she were not called on the carpet and, I am not saying she should get a pass.

The thing is that a lot of people - particularly some of those of a certain age - throw the N word and other derogatory words around like they are basketballs used in that one amusement park game.

The use of the N- word shows these folks are insensitive and ignorant for sure. They really, really, really should know better by now.

Its been a very, very, very long time since the N word and simular words used to oppress other human beings has been acceptable.

Read: Alaska lawmaker apologizes for slur

That said, being ignorant doesn’t necessarily make you a racist. Ignorance also doesn’t make you immune to criticism.

Be honest, when was the last time you said the N, F, B, C or any other ‘letter’ word?

How often do you make fun of someone because they are different than you - black, white, brown, gay, straight, female, male, etc.

What do you think? Let us know below.

Toni Braxton hospitalized again, cancels concert

Updated: Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 9:54 AM
Published: Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 9:37 AM
By: Jennifer Brett - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

            Toni Braxton hospitalized again, cancels concert
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Signer Toni Braxton peforms at Artist Spotlight: Toni Braxton With Andra Day - 2016 Grammy Park In Brooklyn at Kings Theatre on May 8, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images) (Brad Barket)

Toni Braxton was hospitalized Saturday due to complications from lupus. The hospitalization caused the singer to cancel a concert in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Toni Braxton was hospitalized this afternoon in Cleveland due to complications with her Lupus," an official statement on the singer's Twitter account read. "Lupus needs to be constantly monitored and this minor setback should not affect the rest of her tour."


Braxton's Twitter account noted that tickets for the canceled show would be honored at a rescheduled concert date to be announced later.

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Saturday marked Braxton's second hospital visit in less than three weeks due to lupus complications.

Earlier this month, the Grammy Award-winner was taken to a Los Angeles hospital for treatment.

"Toni is resting at home and she is fine," an Oct. 4 statement from her representatives said. "She was in an L.A. hospital for a few days being treated for her lupus. She has been released and starts rehearsals for her upcoming tour this week. She was not in serious condition, though lupus is a serious disease and must be monitored at all times."

Braxton, 49, revealed that she has lupus in 2011. The chronic autoimmune disease causes inflammation in internal organs, joints and skin. 

Braxton is currently traveling for her "The Hits Tour," which began Oct. 8 in Oakland, California, and ends Nov. 13 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Bette Midler to pay tribute to 'Hocus Pocus' at Halloween benefit party

Updated: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 9:31 AM
Published: Friday, October 14, 2016 @ 6:37 AM
By: Natalie Dreier - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Bette Midler to pay tribute to 'Hocus Pocus' at Halloween benefit party
Actress Bette Midler attends 2015 Hulaween Party Celebrating New York Restoration Project's 20th Anniversary at The Waldorf Astoria on October 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Bette Midler gets into the spirit of benefit parties every year, but she has a different spell up her sleeve for this year's Halloween.

According to the singer/actress's Facebook page, she will dress up as the seasonal favorite Winifred Sanderson from the movie "Hocus Pocus."

I'm coming as Winnie in HOCUS POCUS to Hulaween, our Halloween Party for the benefit of New York Restoration Project,...

Posted by Bette Midler on Thursday, October 13, 2016

Midler has hosted "Hulaween" for 21 years to help raise money for the New York Restoration Project, a push to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers by planting and maintaining trees, community gardens and public parks, bringing more green spaces into the city.

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Hulaween will be held Oct. 28 at NYC's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, which will be transformed into the Haunted Hotel. Kathy Griffin will serve as host and Darlene Love will be the the musical entertainment.

Tickets are still available, with the top tier coming in at $70,000 for the coven table in the VIP area. The most economical tickets are $650 for the balcony. Dinner is included.

Midler has previously worn her "Hocus Pocus" costume and has performed "I Put a Spell On You" during her tours

Take a look at the film version of the song

The movie wasn't a hit when it was released in 1993, grossing only $39 million in the U.S., according to IMDB, but has grown into a cult favorite over the years. 

It spawned a show at Walt Disney Word, where the Sanderson sisters come back to put a spell over the Magic Kingdom.

Paris Jackson’s boyfriend has officially covered up the tattoo her family called 'racist'

Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 8:23 AM
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 8:00 AM
By: Nicole Moschella

            Paris Jackson’s boyfriend has officially covered up the tattoo her family called 'racist'
Michael Snoddy and Paris Jackson attend the 'Red, White and Bootsy' 4th Of July Event at Nobu Malibu on July 4, 2016 in Malibu, California. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

Michael Snoddy is no longer walking around with a Confederate flag tattooed on his arm.

The boyfriend of Paris Jackson has officially covered up the tattoo, and his tattoo artist shared the new ink on Instagram.

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“Cover up on my buddy@michaelsnoddy love ya brother,” Justin Lewis, a tattoo artist with Timeless Tattoo in Hollywood, wrote.

Cover up on my buddy @michaelsnoddy love ya brother.

A photo posted by Justin's Dermagraphink Tattoo (@dermagraphink) on

In April, the Jackson family was reportedly concerned with Snoddy’s influence on Paris and hated his “racist” tattoo. Snoddy was quick to defend himself telling TMZ at the time, “I wouldn’t be dating a black girl if I were a racist.”

Jackson took to her own Instagram to defend her boyfriend’s decision to cover the tattoo.

“It was his idea to cover it up,” she wrote. “I could care less about the tattoo.”

Jackson went on to write that the original tattoo was in honor of one of his favorite bands and has absolutely nothing to do with race.

“He didn’t like the racism that was affiliated with it, the same way Nazis are affiliated with the Sanskirt Svastika,” she wrote. “No matter what is on his body, I will always love him.”

Ryan Lochte proposes to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid

Updated: Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 2:13 PM
Published: Monday, October 10, 2016 @ 12:52 PM
By: Brianna Chambers - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Ryan Lochte proposes to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid
FILE - In this May 12, 2016, file photo, Ryan Lochte listens to a question from the media in Charlotte, N.C. Lochte announced his engagement to former Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid on Instagram, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File) (Chuck Burton)

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte is getting married.

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The 32-year-old swimmer posted a picture on Instagram of him and his fiancee kissing atop a mountain in California after the proposal on Sunday.

"Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA," Lochte wrote.


Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on

Lochte's future wife, Kayla Rae Reid, also posted a photo of the moment.

Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU.

A photo posted by KAYLA RAE REID (@kaylaraereid) on

"Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with you," Reid, 25, wrote.

According to ABC News, Lochte and Reid have been dating since January. They met at Bootsy Bellows, a nightclub in Hollywood, California, where the two crossed paths in the VIP section, USA Today reported. Lochte said he messaged Reid on Instagram after the two briefly met at the club.

"My family says, 'Don't you think it's a little too soon?' I'm like, 'Can you put a time on love? Can you?'" Lochte told USA Today. "When I realized this was 'the one' was when she stuck behind me through (the Rio scandal)."

Lochte, who said that he had an active Tinder account and no girlfriend in August, revealed that the pair had moved in together in September. 

"From the very first time I met her, everything has like clicked,'' he said. "That's why I know I can propose to her because everything that's happened and she's been keeping me so positive. She doesn't care about my fame. She doesn't care about anything. All she cares about is me being happy."

In the wake of Lochte's Rio controversy, Reid, who served as Playboy's Playmate of the Month in July 2015, said that she "will always support him no matter what."

She is beautiful inside and out

A photo posted by Ryanlochte (@ryanlochte) on