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Paula Deen’s Lady & Sons Ad Criticized for Using ‘Mammy Figure’

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*A new ad for Lady & Sons, the restaurant Paula Deen owns in Savannah, features a “mammy figure” ringing a dinner bell – recalling the stereotypical, plus-sized, maternal caretaker that rose in popularity during and after slavery…alerting the family that dinner was ready.

According to, the ad is meant to promote the restaurant’s new hours of operation. However, a group on Facebook sees the ad’s racist undertones as an extension of Deen’s previous racial drama.

“Paula Deen longs for the antebellum south when blacks, especially black women were non-threatening servants,” reads a post on the Facebook page ForBlackWomenOnly (see below).

According to a Deen spokesperson, the image depicted in the ad is not new, but has been used on the restaurant’s website for “five years.” The restaurant further explains, “the lady featured in the picture has worked at the restaurant for over 17 years and is like family to the Deens.”

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George Clinton on Legal Battles: ‘I Got a Lawyer Habit Now’ (Watch)

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*George Clinton was a guest on “Tavis Smiley” Wednesday night to plug his new book, “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir.”

Among the topics addressed was the legal battles surrounding the rights to his music, a fight that has given him a sense of purpose.

“I’m 73 years old, I wouldn’t have nothing else to do anyway,” he said. “I got rid of my habits, so hey, really got nothing to do…I got a lawyer habit now.”

Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You A Memoir

“At 73, you ain’t got much to do but go fishing and get fat for real,” he told Smiley later. “You know, but I’m still on the road, I have fun on being the road, but this gave me something I could be passionate about.”

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Clinton is also dropping a new CD, “First You Got 2 Shake the Gate.”

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‘Different World’ Cast Reunites on ‘Oprah: Where Are They Now?’ (Clips)

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*The next episode of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” will feature the cast of NBC’s hit series “A Different World,”the first-ever depiction of student life at a fictional, historically black college.

More than two decades after the series went off the air following six seasons, the actors from the “Cosby Show” spinoff (sans Lisa Bonet and Jada Pinkett Smith) reminisce about how they were cast and how overnight fame changed their lives.

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The episode – also featuring Paul Stanley of Kiss and Finola Hughes of “General Hospital – airs Sunday, October 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Watch a sneak peek below, followed by two excerpts from the interview:

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Court Supports EMI in Lawsuit Over Duke Ellington’s Royalties

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*New York’s highest court is backing EMI in a lawsuit filed against the music publisher by Duke Ellington’s heirs.

Descendants of the late pianist, bandleader and composer have been seeking half the royalties from foreign sales of his music, according to Billboard. Their original 2010 suit alleges breach of the 1961 standard songwriter royalty contract. Ellington signed the deal with Mills Music, predecessor of EMI, now part of global Sony/ATV Music.

The contract calls for an even split of net revenue.

EMI deducts 50 percent commissions to foreign sub-publishers, which it now owns, before splitting the rest with the heirs.

The heirs challenged that practice, but the Court of Appeals says the publisher is allowed to keep doing it.

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Justice Dept. Upset With New Leaks in Michael Brown Case

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*The Justice Department has criticized what it calls a series of of “selective leaks” from the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., claiming authorities are trying to sway public opinion, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The leaks from the official inquiry into the shooting appear to support the account of the incident given by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, that he and Brown struggled, and that he opened fire when Brown allegedly reached for his gun.

An unnamed Justice Department spokeswoman called the leaks “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case,” the Times reported.

An unidentified Justice Department official also told The Huffington Post’s Ryan J. Reilly that Attorney General Eric Holder is “exasperated” by the apparent “selective leaks,” in the case.

The leak of sensitive details about the official investigation have come from unnamed sources, and all seem to corroborate Wilson’s account of what happened, that Brown attacked him in his car.

As previously reported, unnamed government officials told The New York Times that Brown’s blood was found on Wilson and on the interior of the police car, suggesting that at least some of the shots fired at Brown were at close range.

An official autopsy report obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed that Brown was shot in the hand at close range. The Post-Dispatch’s report also cited experts not affiliated with the case who posited the findings suggest there was an altercation in the police car and that Brown was going for the officer’s gun.

On Wednesday, unnamed sources told The Washington Post that seven or eight black witnesses have given testimony before a grand jury deciding whether to indict Wilson that was “consistent” with the officer’s account. The witnesses have not gone public with their accounts for fear of their safety.

Other witnesses who have gone public about what they saw claim Brown was attempting to surrender when Wilson fired the fatal shots.

The release of the autopsy details was met with criticism by Ferguson officials and protesters; they say they’re concerned that leaks from what is supposed to be a secret grand jury investigation indicate justice may be in jeopardy.

Some protesters said they believe the leaks are intended to ready the public for the possibility that the grand jury will decide not to indict Wilson.

That decision is expected in November.

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Tour Guide’s Racist Rant Through Chinatown Goes Viral (Watch)

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*For her last day on the job, a San Francisco tour guide decided to go out on her own racist and expletive-filled terms. And thanks to a German tourist who filmed the whole thing, we all get to watch.

The video, posted on YouTube Tuesday, shows the unnamed guide, drink in hand, providing her own commentary on everything she hates about Chinatown…while rolling through Chinatown.

“F**k Chinatown,” the woman, who said she is originally from Los Angeles, shouted through the loudspeaker. “F**k your little herb gardens. F**k your little seafood f**king markets and your turtles and your frogs. F**k your f**king ginseng. F**k your little hair salons where no one in there knows how to speak English!”

It’s not clear what tour company she worked for, but according to the post, it was her last day on the job.

Reaction from the tourists ranged from stunned silence, to a few applause, to utter confusion.

City officials didn’t take too kindly to the rant.

“At first we saw it and thought it was a joke,” David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors told CBS. “We’re all incredibly saddened and disappointed that in 2014 someone would utter these stereotypical and racist comments.”

Watch below: