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.
Uncle Snoop Get Your Apology to Ari Lennox Ready
Apparently, everyone’s favorite uncle likes apologizing. Fresh off of his apology tour for his controversial comments towards broadcast journalists Gayle King, Snoop Dogg decided to comment on Ari Lennox’s Instagram live to instruct her to “grow your own hair.”
Yesterday, the Dreamville songbird took to Instagram Live in true Ari fashion to document her trying on a new lace front wig. Not known for wearing wigs, she struggled with figuring out how much lace to cut and securing the hair as she entertained her followers with hilarious gestures and commentary.
Eventually, a snippet of the video ended up on The Shade Room for everyone’s viewing pleasure.
Moments later, Snoop was unnecessarily commenting under the video.
In no time, women were coming to Ari’s defense, reminding the legendary rapper that his wife and daughter are no strangers to wigs.
You’d think men would know to leave their opinions to themselves when it comes to women’s hair, especially black women, but clearly, Uncle Snoop forgot to read that particular memo.
Once Ari caught wind of Snoop’s comments, she delivered a lovely little shade tree, posting a photo of Snoop wearing a blonde wig with the caption, “Uncle I just…I just thought we had an understanding….”
Following the backlash that he’s currently receiving, I can already envision the apology that’s sure to follow. Perhaps someone should remind Uncle Snoop that the best apology is changed behavior…
DJ D-Nice Has Spun His Way Into the Living Rooms of Thousands
Every day, legendary DJ D-Nice (a.k.a. Derrick Jones) spends countless hours helping thousands of global citizens forget about the coronavirus pandemic and financial woes with his “Homeschool” parties.
Initially jumping on Instagram Live to cure his boredom while “self-isolating,” D-Nice had an audience of a few hundred, mostly friends. As word began to spread, it grew to a few thousand. By Sunday, over 160,000 people joined his live for a virtual party that included the heavyweights such as Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Jada Pinkett-Smith, 9th Wonder, Jimmy Fallon, and Vice President Joe Biden.
During a CBS This Morning interview, D-Nice shared, “I literally just played what feels good. I wanted people to feel good. I wanted their experience to be lifted through music, just one song at a time.” And he’s done just that. While on live, his comment section is a constant stream of cheers, shout outs, and music-lovers asking, “Where the drinks at?” It feels like the best VIP section you’ll ever experience but from your living room.
“No matter what your problems are, you can put on a good tune and it just takes you away and I was trying to do that,” he explained. “It wasn’t just the music, it was the whole experience and everyone escaping what’s going on today just for a few hours.”
While some of his neighbors have complained about the noise, D-Nice is committed to keeping the party going as the universal language of music is playing a vital role in keeping us all connected.
We have DJ D-Nice to thank for that!
Jay Electronica & Joe Budden Used Their Twitter Fingers to Exchange Insults
It took 10 years for Jay Electronica to release his highly-anticipated album, A Written Testimony. While some are singing his praises, others are incredibly disappointed. One such person is former rapper turned media personality, Joe Budden.
Budden used his platform, The Joe Budden Podcast episode Dry Snitching to express his disappointment. Budden proclaimed, “You’ve been missing for ten years- which is cool, ’cause you’ve been living life. But that confidence that I thought you might’ve been living life with is suppressed…that lens that I’m looking through paints the story of a different MC. And that MC is one that would get smacked around by Hov on every song.”
In response, Electronica took to Twitter and posted a video clip of DaBaby saying “fuck it,” directing the tweet at Rory, one of the co-hosts on Budden’s podcast.
Shortly after, Budden responded referring to Jay-Z’s performance on A Written Testimony, where he appears on eight of ten tracks. “I never got absolutely mopped around on my own project either… @ me, not Rory.”
Here’s how the rest of that conversation went:
The tirade ended with Electronica demanding credit for “lighting up” the podcast episode.
Electronica released A Written Testimony on Friday, March 13th. It’s his first solo album after more than ten years of delays with features by Jay-Z, The-Dream and Travis Scott, with additional production by The Alchemist, No ID, Swizz Beatz and Hit-Boy.
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