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Originally posted 06/26/2013 08:45AM
Saying she "committed a sin" with her racial remark and did something she deeply regrets, Paula Deen broke down in tears on national television Wednesday, making her delayed appearance on Today after she pulled out at the last minute from a scheduled interview on the NBC show last Friday.
In the course of her 13-minute interview, Deen, repeatedly stating she believes "everyone created on God's earth is created equal … that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life," said, "I've had wonderful support from Rev. [Jesse] Jackson, and I tell ya what: If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you are out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at me that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you … I is what I is, and I'm not changing."
Originally posted 08/30/2012 10:30AM
Michael Jackson's children Prince, Paris and Blanket made a pilgrimage to their father's hometown of Gary, Ind., on Wednesday – joining an emotional vigil at his childhood home – to mark what would have been the King of Pop's 54th birthday.
As a throng of fans gathered near 2300 Jackson St., Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, reflected on the legacy of their father, who died three summers ago at the age of 50.
"We're here in Gary, and it's a new experience for us. People are real nice here," Prince told a local reporter. "It's amazing how much he was respected and loved."
Originally posted 02/13/2012 08:30AM
At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney Houston wowed parishioners with her voice as a young girl, Pastor Joe A. Carter remembered the superstar in his Sunday sermon.
"Our hearts are broken," Carter told the crowd. "How saddened we are at the death of one of the greatest voices of the modern age."
"I'll never forget her right here standing at the New Hope Church, hearing her sing, 'He Would Not Come Down,' " recalled Carter, "hearing her sing the praises of Jesus Christ."
Originally posted 12/09/2010 10:30AM
Aretha Franklin, who has been suffering from a previously unknown illness, is "doing better than doctors expected" and should be released from the hospital this weekend, a cousin says.
Brenda Corbett tells the Detroit Free Press that "[Franklin] has a long life in front of her and will be back in concert, on stage, late spring or early summer."
The statements come a day after another relative told Fox 2 Detroit that Franklin has cancer. And though the type of cancer has not been confirmed, The National Enquirer reports that the Queen of Soul has incurable and inoperable pancreatic cancer, and that doctors made the diagnosis after she broke her ribs in a fall over the summer.
In November, the icon's publicist announced that she had canceled all her performances through May 2011.
Originally posted 12/04/2010 01:00PM
Days after she underwent surgery, Aretha Franklin got a special visitor: Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Jackson told The Detroit News that the singer is "recovering" and in high spirits. He did not say what Franklin, 68, is ailing from.
"She's doing very well. She's very prayerful. She's a woman full of deep religious faith," he added.
Originally posted 06/28/2009 06:30PM
In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE on Sunday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has spent time with the Jackson family since the sudden death of Michael on Thursday, shed light on how the grieving survivors are faring, as well as on serious questions that have arisen regarding the circumstances of their beloved son and brother's death.
Originally posted 09/26/2002 11:25AM
A hit is a hit, and rapper Ice Cube's movie, "Barbershop," is definitely one of them. For the past two weeks, the ensemble comedy has been No. 1 at the box office, generating about $40 million in ticket sales.
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