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Ciara was spotted in West Hollywood struggling to climb into the passenger seat of her triple matte black whip.  It was said she was trying to avoid the papzz. She calls it her baby.

Two Men Allege Discrimination in “The Bachelor” TV Casting

Posted April 19, 2012 1:30 PM By Deirdre B Pride

Two black men are taking “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” to court with a lawsuit that claims the reality shows are blocking contestants of color from starring roles.  The men feel that they were not seriously considered as contenders because they were black.  Ya think?  This has been obvious since half past the show started.

Christopher Johnson, left, and Nathaniel Claybrooks answer questions at a news conference on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. Both men applied to be contestants on "The Bachelor." ( AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville against the shows, claiming they are engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination that intentionally excludes people of color. The Nashville men said at a casting call in August that they were given scant consideration compared to white men seeking a leading role for “The Bachelor.”

We’ve seen the pattern with these shows for years, so it’s really no surprise, but something definitely needs to be done.  Sure, they include minorities as the choices, but they are NEVER considered serious contenders to win the single guy or gal.  Even as a viewer we know the minorities they add as choices are used just to pacify the audience.  Yeah, we’ve seen you for a long time Buddy!  I have never been able to take the shows seriously because of their obvious shenanigans.  It’s not like the only two black applicant’s backgrounds weren’t impressive enough.

Nathaniel is a 39-year-old college graduate and electric company meter reader who owns several small businesses.  He also played linebacker for Middle Tennessee State then for the Arena Football League and Nashville’s semi-professional team, the Nashville Storm, from 2001 to 2011.  He’s not bad on the eye’s either.  He thinks attitudes will change once the show gets a black man in the lead role. He says, “I  equate it to black quarterbacking in the NFL.  When you give them an opportunity, they always come through.”  It may also boost their very sloppy ratings too Nate, but they don’t hear us though.

Christopher is a 26-year-old teacher who was just hired to coach high school football.  He is also trying to get into the NFL.  He is also easy on the eyes.  Regarding the lawsuit he says, “I only wanted a fair shot at the part. Looking back at how I was treated at the casting call last year, it was clear that that wasn’t possible. I never even had a chance.”

The lawsuit claims that the shows and the entertainment companies are violating a provision of the 1866 Civil Rights Act that bars businesses from refusing to contract with others because of their race and a California law that prohibits racial discrimination.

The two men are asking the federal court to order the companies to consider people of color as finalists for the leading role in the TV shows. They are also asking that the suit be certified class-action so others could join the litigation.

Their attorneys said it is the first racial discrimination lawsuit filed against a reality show. It does not ask for a specific dollar amount of damages, but it does propose to make major changes in how people are seen on TV.

Both shows have come under fire in recent years for not having enough diversity and now it’s being brought to the forefront and it needs to be dealt with.  I’m really interested in seeing how this whole thing plays out.   Are you?

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McDonald’s Worker Caught Spitting in Customer’s Drinks

Posted April 19, 2012 11:19 AM By Deirdre B Pride

*Don’t read this while eating.  This is just gross.*

A Mickey D’s worker was busted after  a clump of phlegm was found floating in a customer’s sweet tea.  The customers had complained that their tea wasn’t sweet enough, so they brought it back, but when they got home it still wasn’t sweet enough.  So they opened the lid to add more sugar and found woogies.

I’m already freaked out by several things when it comes to eating at a restaurant and this just solidifies it.  I avoid sending improperly cooked food back for fear that it may get stomped or spit on before it get’s back to my plate.  I also order a cup for tea, so I can clean my utensils in hot water before I throw down.

You do not mess with folks food; you just don’t.  I say off with that fool’s head d*mn it.  Do you have a sanitation ritual you go through when dining out?

A McDonald’s employee is facing felony charges after caught spiting in two customers’ cups of iced tea after the drinks were returned for not being sweet enough.

Authorities in South Carolina say 19-year-old Marvin Washington Jr. was arrested Wednesday and charged with malicious tampering with food.

‘They go home, pop the lids off their sweet tea to put some sugar in it and low and behold, to much of their surprise, a very large chunk of bodily fluid and phlegm in the top of their drink,’ a health worker told WSPA.

Greenville County investigators say surveillance video caught Washington leaning over the cups before he filled them Saturday at the Simpsonville restaurant for a mother and her daughter.

The owner of the McDonald’s says he follows stringent food safety procedures and asked people not to reach conclusions until all the facts come out.

Washington was released on a $5,000 bond but faces felony charges which could be up to 20 years in prison.  ‘If something is deliberately done to your food product it becomes a health issue,’ the health worker said.  It wasn’t immediately clear Wednesday if Washington had a lawyer.

Good luck finding one that won gag at the sight of his filthy azz.

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Legal Whispers: Jermaine Hopkins (Lean on Me) Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

Posted April 19, 2012 10:27 AM By Deirdre B Pride

The chubby star of Lean On Me was sentenced to 30 days in jail for his massive weed bust.   That 30 days time served, yup he free after he’s done with his 3 years probation.  Hopefully, this wont be a reoccurring role…… corny pun intended.

Jermaine Hopkins

Lean on Me” star Jermaine Hopkins won’t have to wait several years to take his family to Disney World again — because the actor was only sentenced to 30 days in jail … after allegedly trying to buy 200 POUNDS of weed from an undercover cop.

Jermaine was sentenced to time served Tuesday — after spending 30 days in jail following his initial arrest — so he walked home free the same day. He was also sentenced to 3 years probation.

Jermaine struck a plea deal with prosecutors to reduce his sentence — pleading guilty to marijuana possession for sale. A charge of illegal control of enterprise (organized crime) was dropped. Jermaine had previously faced up to five years in prison.

Jermaine tells us, “I am so glad to put this legal battle behind me so that I can begin moving forward with re-establishing my acting career.”

As we previously reported, Jermaine was arrested in an Arizona sting operation last December — after allegedly buying 200 pounds of pot from an undercover cop. Officials claim they found an additional 100 pounds of weed in Jermaine’s car.

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The majority of the Basketball Wives cast are refusing to tape the reunion show because of the lawsuit  Jennifer Williams filed. I’m sure we all know whose doing the threatening.  I’m no attorney, but isn’t there a law against witness intimidation, threatening a witness, tampering with evidence and extortion?  I’m just saying.  I really believe these girls are mad that Jen has broken off in to popular circles and they just want some of it too.  Envy is so about their lives.

Several “Basketball Wives” are adamantly refusing to tape the big upcoming reunion show next month, TMZ has learned — and it’s all because of the face-slap lawsuit Jennifer Lawrence filed against Nia Crooks.

As we reported, Jennifer is suing Nia for assault and battery over a January 21st incident at a race track in Florida — when Nia slapped Williams in the side of the head after a nuclear argument (below). Jennifer says she was injured badly during the attack.

But according to sources at VH1, the cast mates are convinced Jennifer’s lawsuit was filed out of spite and desperation to dredge up drama around her character — in the vain hope of securing a spot on the show next season. Our sources also think Jennifer’s claim of emotional distress is BS because she never missed a day of shooting.

We’re told several prominent cast members have vowed to shun her completely … refusing to even speak to Jennifer — and are threatening not to attend the reunion show early next month if she attends.

And there’s this — the contract signed by the “Wives” cast mates specifically states …. “Participant expressly assumes the risk of any physical or emotional injuries participant may suffer as a result of participant’s participation in the project.””

Source TMZ

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Babygate: In the first clip the argument about the Africa trip and black babies is revived. Peter and Marlo are in the House as well. BTW, Bravo is officially done with Sheree; they snatched down her blog from their site.

Marlo and Kim compare their vajay jay holes. Marlo accuses Kim of buying her ring with Big Poppa’s engagement ring. She says Kroy couldn’t afford the ring.

Kim gets called out during viewer’s Q&A about taking KJ to the gun range and she is clearly frazzled, but manages to explain it away.

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