Friday, July 26, 2013

The Woman Behind Paula Deen

For 22 years, Dora Charles was the queen of the Deen kitchens. She helped open the Lady & Sons, the restaurant here that made Ms. Deen’s career. She developed recipes, trained other cooks and made sure everything down to the collard greens tasted right.
“If it’s a Southern dish,” Ms. Deen once said, “you better not put it out unless it passes this woman’s tongue.” 

The money was not great. Mrs. Charles spent years making less than $10 an hour, even after Ms. Deen became a Food Network star. And there were tough moments. She said Ms. Deen used racial slurs.

Paula Deen used people like Dora Charles to work for almost nothing, help make her rich and used racial slurs to keep them "in their place".

Isn't that the definition of slavery?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

James Gandolfini Dead at 51

This is a hard one for me. I knew Jim Gandolfini. He worked for me as a bouncer at the RUsty Screw Tavern in Rutgers University in the early 80s. I was there from 1976-1987. He always said he wanted to be an actor. We all called him "Buck". I never knew why. At least he got to realize his dream.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90

Jean Stapleton Dies at 90
Jean Stapleton, the versatile actress who will forever be remembered for her long-running role as the dim-witted but deep-hearted Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family, died Friday at her home in New York City, her family confirms.

Stapleton, who was 90, passed away of natural causes.

Having already established a career during the 1950s and early '60s for playing nosy neighbor roles in such Broadway smashes as Damn Yankees, Funny Girl and Bells Are Ringing, in which she played the owner of the titular answering service, Stapleton entered the TV pantheon with her high-pitched comic voice (which was a gross exaggeration of her own), perfect timing (especially when Edith would be slow to catch on to something) and unrelenting love for her husband Archie Bunker (even while overlooking his bigotry, which she never shared).

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