On Monday’s episode of TV-host Wendy Williams’ talk show, she told her audience that her and Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Nene Leakes and Marlo Hampton were followed by security while shopping at luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman.
The host of her eponymous “The Wendy Williams Show” told audience members and viewers that she went to the store after getting an invite from Nene and Marlo. The trio shopped the entire store and followed up the spree with lunch on the upstairs floor. They all bought something, with a sales rep handling each of them every step of the way.
Despite the sales rep, Williams claimed that security followed them throughout the store. “Can I tell you something about security? They treated us like the hood that they treat us,” said Williams as she used the back of her hand to indicate the experience was due to the color of her skin. Williams went on to explain, “You can earn what you want, you can do what you want, but when you are what you are, you better not be surprised at how people treat you.”
During Nene’s recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, the RHOA star said, “I was there, but I didn’t see it like how she saw it. I didn’t see it like how Marlo saw it. I did see security and just thought they were there.” She went on to hint that she didn’t feel as though they were followed even though she said Marlo felt that way.
After Nene’s comments, Williams again used her talk show to clear up what she meant when she brought this whole shopping experience to light. “One of them says, ‘you realize we were followed the whole time.” That’s the part I left out of my story. A lot of you said, ‘well Wendy if you were followed why did you buy anything?’ I didn’t know anything about that. There’s some people that have their eyes on that kind of stuff. When you’re born brown it’s just a natural thing. I’m smart enough to understand when I was treated graciously. That’s the story. I didn’t feel any of that, I didn’t see any following.”
The “one of them” Williams was referring to was Marlo Hampton – a claim that falls in place with what Nene said on her radio appearance. Williams and Nene have a very public friendship, and sometimes a (rumored) public feud. With their relationship, it is certainly possible the TV host coordinated her revised account with Nene to continue riding the press and publicity of her claim, while leaving themselves an out to throw Marlo under the bus if this entire claim blows up in their faces.
For Bergdorf Goodman’s part, the store released a statement prior to Williams’ clarification on the incident. It read: “Bergdorf Goodman and its parent company Neiman Marcus Group are committed to ensuring that all shoppers, guests, and employees are treated with respect and dignity in a safe and secure shopping environment. Our policies strictly prohibit profiling of any kind, and any claims will be thoroughly investigated.”
In an interview with Essence, Marlo said that she thought “maybe this is a new security that they’re offering to where they’re like, ‘hey they need security, they’re so fabulous. But in all actuality it’s really sad if he really was watching us or racially profiling us, because me having my little nephews, it’s sad with them having dreadlocks and their natural hair and I just feel that — and not just retail stores, the police, just in this world, we need people to really be better trained in diversity because my money is not black, it’s not brown, it’s not white–it’s green like theirs.”
Regardless of how each saw the shopping spree unfold, it is obvious that at least one of them felt victim to “shopping while Black” – an experience not unknown to most Black people. Given the rash of “___ while Black” incidents, we hope Wendy Williams didn’t use this encounter as a publicity stunt.
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Share News of the Loss of Their Unborn Child
Early Thursday morning Chrissy Teigen and John Legend let the world know of the loss of their unborn child. In a heartfelt and heartbreaking post to social media, Teigen described her and husband John Legend’s “deep pain you only hear about.” She went on to talk about how the couple does not typically name their children “until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before (they) leave the hospital,” but somehow they fell on the name “Jack.”
The heartbreaking news comes just days after first being admitted to the hospital for what she described as heavy bleeding. However, two days ago, she assured fans that both her and baby were healthy and doing well. Teigen, no stranger to social media, continued to engage her following, giving brief updates along the way, when shortly after midnight she shared photos of her and John in the hospital cradling their newborn in the immediate aftermath.
While her husband has remained largely unproblematic and scandal-free, Teigen has been the frequent target of scathing criticism – much of which is completely valid. From her ridiculing Black hair, to her seemingly mocking intimate partner violence when she referenced Megan Thee Stallion and Tory Lanez’s incident, Chrissy Teigen has been the focus of such harsh vitriol that she has threatened to quit social media altogether on multiple occasions. Sharing such personal news with the world may come as a surprise to many.
Overwhelmingly, however, the internet’s response has been positive and embracing. Celebrities and non-celebs alike have offered words of support to the couple as they go through this difficult time. See both the model’s post and the heartwarming responses to it below.
Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43
Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.
The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen.
As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences.
The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.
A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.
It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.
He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.
The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
When White Privilege Isn’t Enough to Get Into USC: Lori Loughlin Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison
Actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison today for her role in the college admissions scandal. If you haven’t followed the 10-month-long saga, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer, plead not guilty to a bribery charge in a college admission scam back in 2019… Because white privilege just isn’t what it used to be.
The two later plead guilty to paying William Rick Singer, the mastermind, $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters a spot at the University of South Carolina.
Loughlin’s sentence came several hours after her husband’s five-month sentence. According to the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, Giannulli’s five-month sentence also came with a whopping fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.
“[Giannulli] engaged more frequently with Singer, directed the bribe payments to USC and Singer, and personally confronted his daughter’s high school counselor to prevent the scheme from being discovered, brazenly lying about his daughter’s athletic abilities,” US Attorney Andrew Lelling of Massachusetts said in the memo released on Tuesday. “Loughlin took a less active role, but was nonetheless fully complicit, eagerly enlisting Singer for a second time for her younger daughter, and coaching her daughter not to ‘say too much’ to her high school’s legitimate college counselor, lest he caught on to their [fradulent activity].