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Miss Robbie and Tim at Sweetie Pie's on July 17, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.

OWN’s ‘Sweetie Pie’s’ Named in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

OWN's Sweetie Pie's Named In Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

*Sweetie Pies, the St. Louis restaurant, that’s also featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN, finds itself the subject of a lawsuit by a former employee.

According to a report, Veronica Tate filed discrimination suit against the business in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.

Tate, who worked for one week in October 2012 at the restaurant, claims in her lawsuit that she was subjected to constant sexual advances from “Ike,” who touched her, bumped into her and made sexually explicit comments to her.

Further, she says that when she brought the situation to the management’s attention, she was told, “That’s Ike. That’s how he is.”

After further complaints, Tate said she was told to leave the restaurant and go see the company’s business manager, Charles Bussey. She said Bussey offered her a job at another location but then never got back to her.

Well, Ms. Tate didn’t wait any longer for Sweetie Pies to do something about the situation. In February of 2013, Tate filed a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission. The federal suit was filed Tuesday, and Tate is asking for a jury trial.

You can get MORE of this story at STLtoday.



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Lil Kim Presents Baby Daughter Royal Reign to Loyal Subjects (Pics)

*Queen Bee has decreed that it’s time for you to see her little princess.

Yes, via whosay, raptress Lil Kim has shared snaps of 4-month-old Royal Reign.

“Look at my little princess face!” she captioned one photo, although some might question how the little, but adorable one is presented in the top pic.

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Royal Reign was born to Lil Kim and boyfriend, Mr. Papers, on June 9. And in case you’re wondering, she weighed 6lbs 5oz and measured 19.5 inches

In an September appearance on “106 & Park,” Lil Kim referred to the experience of being a mother as “the most expensive gift God has ever given me.” then she added: “And the most beautiful gift God has ever given me.”

Lil Kim Shares Photos Of Daughter Royal Reign




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Deborah Smith Simpkins: Pray for Prey!

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*Pray for prey!

Is this the new slogan of churches today?

When I heard about the story in Alabama of the pastor (Juan McFarland) with full-blown AIDS making a decision to share with the congregation (in the worst way), I knew I had to say something. There are so many things wrong with this ministry scenario and it brought my mind and heart back to my own situation with an untruthful pastor.

While I was praying for him, he was preying on me. I was ridiculed and abandoned by the church for writing my novel Ministers with White Collars & Black Secrets: The Truth Exposed. No one understood how I could tell the truth that men of the cloth are not perfect. Church folk felt, I should keep my mouth closed and go back into my hole of shame while he continued on his Godly mission with no consequences. This story is exactly why I wanted to talk about it!

I was blessed; my ending wasn’t so sad or scary in regard to the medical condition of the pastor. Have Gods’ people forgotten what is expected of us? Are we so caught up in our ways of doing things that His Word no longer resonates in our minds or hearts?

Church people, we have to do better. We have to take a stand and make decisions at some point in life that wrong is wrong. We have to start speaking out about what we see in our churches in an effort to make change. If we continue to allow the wrongdoing, it only manifests into bigger problems. We are in spiritual warfare! Every church has issues, we are not naïve enough to believe they don’t but the issues should not be destroying the very foundation upon which it is built. The place we once could go for refuge is no longer a safe haven. Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the church building from any other building. God is not pleased with this. We have to start holding one another accountable for our actions in and out of the church. It seems that when these sex scandals hit, the woman is the only one rebuked and scorned for her participation. Wrong is wrong even if it is the pastor. We have to stop protecting these leaders and make them accountable for their actions. How can change come about when no one is demanding it?

I have been involved in a scandal; I understand the pain from all sides. But from my experience, I also know there is change and redemption as options but not until we understand there is a problem. In my situation, the church simply wanted me to go away, not fix the problem or deal with the pastor involved and hold him accountable, just shun me. There is a lot to learn from these incidents. The most important lesson is ALL people involved are accountable for their actions, their participation and their redemption! As a church, we have to stop blaming the weak and protecting the strong. It’s never an easy situation to deal with but we must do better dealing with it.

This pastor and all those that kept quiet knowing the situation are wrong. We may not like it, some won’t say it, but it’s the truth. Our men and women of the cloth must do better. Let’s stop sweeping our dirt under the rug and protecting leaders that need help. There is no change without first admitting the need for change. Church is becoming like politics, where we expect very little honesty or integrity from our appointed leader. Now where in the Bible is this mindset supported. I can tell you NOWHERE! We better get back to God’s word and stop leading from our own understanding.

This is why it is so important to have a relationship with God for you. Hurt and broken people make great targets. Get to know God and His word for yourself. No one is perfect, but as Christians we should strive to be more Christ like each day. While this church and many like it need our prayer, they also need to take action. Don’t sit back and just allow the devil to take over. This is a call of action for Ministry to get back to God’s business. God’s people should be able to pray without feeling as prey!

About Deborah Smith Simpkins:

Deborah is a powerful motivational speaker, minister and entrepreneurial book publisher. Her life and spiritual walk is testament to the way God’s providence allows for pain, setbacks and challenging obstacles – but always with a rebirth and a sequel in mind. A preacher’s kid (PK) who grew up immersed in The Word, she has seen her share of church politics. Her best selling novel Ministers with White Collars & Blacks Secrets: The Truth Exposed is a testament of not only what she witnessed in the church, but also what she experienced for herself. For more information please visit
Twitter: @simpkinsdeborah

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Elise Neal is Crazy Sexy on TV One’s ‘The Fright Night Files’ – TONIGHT!

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*TV One is going to treat you this Halloween to “The Fright Night Files” – something originally ghoulish.

“The Fright Night Files” is a trio of short horror films that TV One founder Cathy Hughes said is designed to “thrill, shock and amaze our viewers.”

This marks the first scripted production for Hughes and the cable network’s first-ever horror themed scripted film.

One of the scary stories is Pillow Talk Channel 187 starring Elise Neal, who plays a character nothing like the sweet wife and mother she portrayed on the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys.”

Neal is a late night radio DJ named Coffee Black who gives a new meaning to crazy, sexy, cool.  She gets mysterious calls from past lovers including one named Isaiah played by “Ray” star Bokeem Woodbine.

“I think that my fans are gonna be shocked with the level that my character, Coffee Black, goes through in this short,” the “Scream 2” star said.

While Neal didn’t give a lot away about her story with murder in the title – 187 the California police code for homicide – she gave insight into Coffee saying, “She’s very popular. She’s got a lot of fans. But, Coffee has a past that’s not so pretty. It kind of shows as things get going. You see that Coffee’s not too stable.”

The Memphis, Tennessee native will also be seen in an entirely different kind of role – portraying the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight – in the much anticipated flick “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.”

“Really what I’m doing in this movie is all about her, Gladys Knight, letting a young Aaliyah know what it’s like and what it means to be a great performer and giving her the ropes. I know all about that.”

In the Lifetime cable channel biopic airing November 15 – Neal shows off a talent she’s honed for a long time.

“What people don’t know about me (is) I didn’t want to act. That’s what’s so funny to me. I didn’t want to be an actress. From the time I was six from the time I got my scholarship down in Memphis, Tennessee where I’m from – all I wanted to do was be on Broadway.”

Neal made it to the Great White Way when she appeared in a musical with acclaimed choreographer and actor Maurice Hines.

“I have been singing and dancing for years before I thought I would even have a career as an actor,” Neal proudly proclaimed.

She is also excited about being a diva with a capital D – among the ensemble of TV One’s entertainment reality show, “Hollywood Divas” – realizing there are people who question why she chose such a titillating project.

“I know and I understand that people like they’re (saying) oh my God what’s happening and this and that with Elise and everyone doing reality and why did she do it. But the bottom line is I’m a producer. I want people to know that I really am good at it. I wanted people to know more about me as the woman not necessarily just the characters that I play – because I’m gonna keep it real.”

Well, Neal is a woman who’s got a man but she wouldn’t give up many details only saying with a laugh, “There is somebody that I date. Everything is fine – never alone. It’s all good and I’m gonna keep it that way.”

When asked to share something people may be surprised to know about her, the always stylishly coiffed and dressed Screen Actors Guild award nominee replied, “A lot of people are shocked when they know that I bowl really well. I can throw down. I get strikes mostly, only.”

“The Fright Night Files” premiering on TV One on Saturday, October 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time will also feature other stars, including award winning actress Lynn Whitfield as Madame Mabry, a Jamaican voodoo expert and model Karrueche Tran making her film debut.

Hear Tené Croom’s exclusive interview with Elise Neal

Reach Tené at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @TcTene.

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Darren Wilson Claims Mike Brown Attacked Him in Police Car


The New York Times is reporting that the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has given his story to investigators.

The officer, Darren Wilson, says that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.

Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.

The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.

This is the first public account of Officer Wilson’s testimony to investigators, but it does not explain why, after he emerged from his vehicle, he fired at Mr. Brown multiple times. It contradicts some witness accounts, and it will not calm those who have been demanding to know why an unarmed man was shot a total of six times. Mr. Brown’s death continues to fuel anger and sometimes-violent protests.

Meanwhile, Michael Brown’s family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, claims it doesn’t matter what Wilson says. The case needs to court to court. Period.

“What the police say is not to be taken as gospel,” Crump told the Times, adding that Officer Wilson should be indicted by the grand jury and his case sent to trial. “He can say what he wants to say in front of a jury. They can listen to all the evidence and the people can have it transparent so they know that the system works for everybody.”

Get the FULL story at NY Times.

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Watch the Trailer for Chris Rock’s New Comedy ‘Top Five’

Chris Rock's Hilarious New Comedy Top Five

*We’ve reported on it previously, but now the trailer for the highly anticipated Chris Rock comedy “Top Five” has been released.

Check it out:

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “Top Five” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.

Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

“Top Five” opens in theaters on December 5, 2014 (limited release) and December 12, 2014 (wide release).


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