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Paula Deen Fired From Food Network, Issues Apology For Racist Comments (Video)

No one is exempt from public ridicule when it comes to racism, including Paula Deen. The celebrity food expert found herself in hot water this week when she was accused of using the N-word and racial slurs by a former employee. Though the surprising news ignited Twitter hashtags like #PaulaBestDishes and a “Paula Deen Bingo Game,” the Food Network considered it no laughing matter. “Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” says a press release issued by the network. The chef/ author issued not one, but two video apologies for her actions. In the first posted (and then deleted) statement, Paula begs for the forgiveness of her supporters. “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I’ve made.” In the second, she does her best version of an apology, trying to convince the viewer that although she said those hurtful things, it isn’t a reflection of who she is. “I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. I’ve spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me … But it’s what’s in the heart. And my family and I try to live by that. And I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong. Yes, I’ve worked hard and I’ve made mistakes. But that is no excuse. And I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt. And I hope that you forgive me. Because this comes from the deepest part of my heart. And I will continue to work. And continue to do good things for good people. Thank you for listening.” Photo Credit: Getty

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A$AP Rocky Says Beef With Travis Scott Is "Old" And "Played Out"

Harlem's A$AP Rocky hit the stage at the Rolling Loud festival this weekend. Between his set, the uptown-bred decided to unload a freestyle for his fans.

"Another victory be flawless like the skin on me, damn/Please don't compare him and me, you offendin' me," Rocky rapped. Many fans assumed that this was a line aimed at Travis Scott.

"This ain't a diss and we ain't enemies," Rockky continued. "They concerned with making hits, I'm more concerned with breaking history/The loudest n***a in the room the weakest/I guess them quiet dudes need better speakers."

Fans claim during ASAP Rocky’s set he dissed Travis Scott 👀 Do y’all agree or are they reaching? pic.twitter.com/L8CrTdjfIX

— The D.H. (@thedailyhood) October 16, 2019

Apparently fans didn't believe Flacko. He took to Twitter to further addressed the situation.

THAT ME N TRAVIS BEEF SHIT SO PLAYED OUT , LET IT GO

— LORD FLACKO JODYE II (@asvpxrocky) October 16, 2019

Over the years, A$AP Rocky has not been too happy about being compared to Travis Scott, however there has never been bad blood between the two rappers. Last year during an interview with Peter Rosenberg, Flacko praised the G.O.O.D Music artist.

"There's times when I feel like I pioneered a lot of shit, but don't get acknowledgement from certain people or artists. I think a lot of people see it too," Rocky said.

"I think Travis Scott... he makes cool music,"  he continued. "He just had a baby, I'm happy for that."

In other A$AP Rocky news, the "Purple Swag" MC opened up about his addiction to sex during an interview with Angie Martinez for her Untold Stories of Hip-Hop series on Wetv.

"I've been a sex addict for some time," he said. "I can't be embarrassed about it. I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don't do nothing that I'm not proud of speaking on."

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Ludacris To Assist Entrepreneurship In Entertainment Program At Georgia State University

Ludacris is celebrating his homecoming at Georgia State University in a memorable way. The school's former student now mega-star announced a program that'll set students down a path of entrepreneurship in the entertainment field. The university's Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII) will receive the Atlanta native as an artist-in-resident this fall semester.

"Georgia State is one of the most innovative and diverse universities in the country," he said in a statement, per Georgia State University News Hub. "I couldn't imagine a better place to work with students than CMII." The program was founded in 2014 as a gateway for students to utilize their degrees to enhance Atlanta's music and film sectors and beyond.

In the late '90s, Ludacris pursued a degree in music management. Now, he'll be able to share tips and lectures on successful entrepreneurship and work in tandem with professors.

“Chris is an incredibly talented artist and has so much industry knowledge to share,” Brennen Dicker, CMII executive director, said. “We are excited to see how our students, and really the entire institute, will benefit from this great new partnership.”

Hey @ludacris, time to update your PantherCard! We’re excited to welcome Chris Bridges back to campus this fall as an artist-in-residence in @cmii_gsu. That’s #TheStateWay! https://t.co/mrMNXETPAE pic.twitter.com/ODj5tnuTz5

— Georgia State University (@GeorgiaStateU) October 15, 2019

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Jada Pinkett Smith In Talks To Reprise 'Matrix' Role

Earlier this year, it was announced that The Matrix would return for a fourth storyline. Although a release date has yet to be announced, box office names like Keanu Reeves, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Carrie-Anne Moss, and now Jada Pinkett Smith have been attached to the franchise's upcoming installment.

According to Deadline, Pinkett Smith may step into her previous role of Niobe from the films The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Her agent is allegedly in negotiations with the movie's producers so it's not set in stone as of yet, but fans of the franchise hope to witness Pinkett Smith's appearance on screen. The Matrix premiered in 1999, depicting a sci-fi story of a battle between humans and machines.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pinkett Smith said her husband and fellow actor, Will Smith, auditioned for the lead role of Neo (played by Reeves). “I knew it would be revolutionary,” she said. He ultimately passed on the character, stating "I probably would have messed The Matrix up. I would have ruined it, so I did y’all a favor.”

The mother-of-two auditioned for Trinity but the role ended up going to Moss. However, the movie's visionaries Lana and Lilly Wachowski wrote Niobe with Pinkett Smith in mind. “I thought Carrie-Anne was the perfect Trinity, and there was no way I could do what she did,” she said. “And that’s the only time in my career I’ve said that about losing a role.”

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