Paula Deen’s son and fellow cooking show host Jamie Deen has re-ignited the racism accusations that have surrounded his family after last year’s “N-word scandal” with photos of him kissing an African-American employee who was previously reportedly “forced” to dress up like Aunt Jemima.
On Friday, Deen posted the photo on Twitter, writing “Don’t tell [my wife] Brooke. #jellyroll #sugar.”
The woman in the photo is Ineata “Jellyroll” Jones, an employee of the Deens who found herself at the center of last year’s scandal.
In 2013, The Columbus Dispatch reported that “Deen used Jones for restaurant theater. At 11 am, when the doors opened at Lady & Sons, she stood in front and rang an iron dinner bell.”
The paper also reported that “Deen wanted Jones to dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.”
“She didn’t want Lilly to learn about black history. She just wanted her to learn about the Confederacy,” Lilly’s dad said.
Court records suggest that Lilly’s actions were due in part to her new relationship with a man who is described as “a Confederate-flag-waving gun enthusiast.”
When authorities contacted the new boyfriend, he denied knowing where Megan was but informed federal agents that Megan was aware of the costs of her actions but thought is was worth it to ‘save’ her daughter.
“Lesters [the new boyfriend] informed detectives that Everett … knew she would have to live her life as a fugitive. However, in her mind, the time that she spent with her daughter ‘free’ of Baumann would be ‘worth it,’ regardless of how brief the time was,” the documents read.
Megan’s family, though, just wants her to bring Lilly back.
In February, 49-year-old Rickey Wagoner claimed that three black men assaulted him outside of his bus but two of their bullets were stopped by a Bible in his pocket, though he was shot in the leg and stabbed in the arm.
Wagoner also told police he pried the gun away from the “assailants” and shot at the men as they ran. He even went as far as to say that he thought it may have been a gang initiation.
In the 911 call, Wagoner says “I’ve been hit in the leg. My chest feels like I’ve been hit with a sledgehammer.”
He later told police that one of the suspects said to another that he must “shoot a polar bear…if you want to be all the way in the club.”
Of course, that was all a lie.
Police arrested 40 suspects as part of a massive 145-count indictment of 103 people in a range of crimes, including the murder of 18-year-old basketball star Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy, 19 shootings, gang assaults, beatings and conspiracy. Of the remaining suspects, 39 were already in custody, including Murphy’s brother, while the others remain at large.
In a press conference later Tuesday afternoon, NYPD Police Chief William J. Bratton and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the teens and men rounded up at the two housing projects are members of 3Staacs gang and their rivals, the Make It Happen Boys and Money Avenue. Residents said the suspects grew up together and are friends with affinities to their houses, and are not part of anything resembling a formal gang.
“The terror that the many thousands of people who live there must have felt over these last several years,” Bratton said explaining his presence at the early-morning raid during a press conference at 1 Police Plaza in downtown Manhattan Wednesday afternoon. “They’re not fighting over drug turf, it’s just mindless, senseless violence.”