July 4, 2013 |
"It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that is pretty important. " - Martin Luther King Jr. In the half-century or so since John Lewis had his head bashed in on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, the Deep South has undergone a stunning social, cultural, and political transformation. Just ask Paula Deen. Her black patrons, if she has any left, are free to go inside her Savannah restaurant, request a table, and pay for the privilege of her heart-attack specials.
July 3, 2013
SO KING Samir Shabazz clearly and freely states that "black people should create militias to exterminate whites, skin them alive, pour acid on them, sic pit bulls on them, bust their heads with rocks and raid nurseries to kill everything white in sight," and said he "would love nothing more than to come home with a cracker's head in his book bag. " He preaches his hate-filled racist rhetoric on Philly street corners with not a hint of backlash....
June 28, 2013
THE PAULA DEEN empire has crumbled like corn bread. First, the Food Network dropped the "Queen of Southern Cuisine" amid revelations that she'd used racially insensitive language. Then, Smithfield Foods, which sold hams with her name and image, cut Deen loose. That was followed by Caesars Entertainment, which has not one, but four Paula Deen Buffet restaurants. Finally, the biggie happened: Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, cut ties. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar , a Wal-Mart spokesman.
June 27, 2013 |
Here's what some area chefs had to say about the Food Network's decision not to renew Paula Deen's contract after her admission that she had used racial slurs in the past. Kevin Sbraga, chef owner of Sbraga restaurant: "I totally support Paula Deen. I think it's unfortunate the situation she was put in. . . . I think that stuff goes on more often than people know or think. People are coming down on her really hard ... I think [Food Network] took the appropriate measure - it's smart for them to protect their brand.
June 27, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Paula Deen lost another chunk of her empire on Wednesday. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced it had ended its relationship with the Southern celebrity cook, part of the continuing fallout in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark., has been carrying a variety of products from grocery items to health and wellness products under Deen's moniker since 2011. "We will not place new orders beyond those already committed," said Dave Tovar, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
June 27, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 25, 2013: Craig LaBan: Good afternoon! I've been down the Shore the last two weeks checking out what's new (not as much as usual this year) and circling back to old favorites to see what's left post-Sandy (more than expected). I'll have plenty to tell you on that subject the next two weekends, beginning Sunday. One tasty tidbit from my Shore visit: these vivid purple macarons filled with creamy chocolate ganache from the Painted Pie in Stone Harbor . . . the perfect midday sweet.
June 26, 2013
UH-OH, the star of "Big Daddy's House" could lose his black card. Aaron McCargo Jr ., who won Season 4 of "Food Network Star," has extended a gloved oven mitt toward embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen. She's been sizzling like a chicken drumstick in hot grease ever since court documents revealed that she admitted to using the n-word and being racially insensitive in the past. The Food Network dropped her on Friday and, yesterday, Smithfield, the Virginia-based pork company that sells a ham with her name and face on it, also dumped the butter-loving Southern chef.
June 25, 2013 |
Turns out zombies and Superman are no match for monsters. Disney's Monsters University is the weekend box-office winner, according to studio estimates released Sunday. The animated family film, which reunites stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman and their characters from the 2001 hit Monsters, Inc. , debuted in first place with $82 million, beating out swarming zombies in World War Z and Superman in Man of Steel . Brad Pitt 's zombie romp, World War Z , overcame negative advance publicity to open in second place with $66 million.
June 25, 2013 |
Kanye West is the Alpha and the Omega of life. At least, where disciple Kim Kardashian is concerned. Days after welcoming their baby girl, Kanye lets his Ego loose on W mag, claiming he's the reason Kim is a fashion icon. "She just needed to be given some platforms of information to work from," West says. Without an inner life of her own, Kim dresses up for him. "For her to take that risk," he says, "it just shows you how much she loves me. " Kanye, who says his life goal is "to make Kanye West as dope as possible," says he appears on Keeping Up with the Kardashians not for more PR but for love.
June 24, 2013 |
SAVANNAH, Ga. - 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 restaurant. "I think the Food Network jumped the gun. " A day after announcing that it is dropping Deen from its roster of celebrity cooks, the cable network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans.