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July 19, 2013 10:51 AM
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  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:22 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:22 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:22 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:22 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:19 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

  • P.A. | April 2, 2014 3:18 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is just telling it is from her perspective. Hey, you have to give her props for that because in 2014 not many people will take on "the BIG O". Yet another reason Rae Dawn has been ostracized by the vast majority of the Black community is, and this is the straight-up truth, Rae happens to prefer Caucasian males. Preferring White men is risky in today's society because the one group who is politically correct to excoriate in any situation is the Caucasian male and because Rae Dawn chooses to have a Caucasian man's baby, well, that makes her fair game by the Black community. Hang in there, Rae Dawn. Love the one your with, baby !

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  • Orville | July 21, 2013 3:20 AMReply

    I remember a few years ago maybe two or three years ago Oprah had the cast of the color purple on for a reunion and Rae Dawn Chong was on the panel. Chong is a real phony she hugged, kissed, Oprah, gave her lots of praise. Now Rae is making these nasty comments about Oprah. Girl let it go LOL! 1985 was a very long time ago! Oprah is very powerful and very well connected, I think Rae Dawn Chong is making a fool out of herself she's a has been she had her moment in the spotlight but now it is over.

  • NO BRAINER | July 21, 2013 12:19 AMReply

    You morons really hate when people speak their minds. Well, I love her honesty. I may not agree with her but she is being real about how she feel and no one should try to reprimand her unless you're Oprah or close friends and family of Oprah.

  • Monique A Williams | July 20, 2013 9:29 AMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong hasn't been successful because she thought she was too cute to brown nose and that her dads name was enough. Her characterization of Oprah as the cheerleader, student body president, volunteer nurse brownnoser is someone successful, a striver. She threw in fat repeatedly to make it negative, and more interesting, but it's really jealousy at its finest. Nothing shocking st all.

  • Xi | July 19, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    She had to consider the possibility of her comments being compared to "you ain't nothin but a big ole heifer...." No? Did no one else hear that?

  • Good Lawd! | July 19, 2013 8:32 PMReply

    Rae Dawn Chong is a typical mean girl/bitter woman. She said nothing wonky. She explained that she was pissed at Oprah for having Arnold on her show and not her. She equated it to Oprah being jealous of her working on the movie Commando. So because she felt some kind of way about Oprah not inviting her onto the show, although she was backstage, she lets out her frustration and venom by demeaning Oprah's looks, skin tone, and weight. But because Oprah is the success she is, she insured she said flattering things about her accomplishments......although she feels Oprah sacrificed character to get where she is. blah, blah, blah.

    Typical run-of-the-mill black mean girl who takes a public opportunity cut up.

    Here is some history for you that has nothing to do with personal judging:

    Oprah was a popular local TV anchor in 1985 who loved the Alice Walker book, the Color Purple
    Rae Dawn was an actress and had filmed at least 10 things by 1985.
    Rae Dawn filmed Commando in April of 1985 (45 days) and it came out in October 1985,
    Both ladies filmed Color Purple during the summer of 1985 and came out December 1985.
    The Oprah Winfrey Show first aired September of 1986.........after Arnold and Oprah's good pal from B-more news station, Maria Shriver, got married.

    Now, look at these history facts, listen to Ms. Chong and make of it what you will.

  • CareyCarey | July 19, 2013 1:40 PMReply

    Okay sheep, y'all can stop following Tambay's lead.

    I am agreeing with EDWINA from Chicago. Nothing Rae Dawn Chong said was strange, unusual nor out of place. In fact, if she was smoking crack, as some have suggested, what does that say about all the rest ** looking around the room** who have voiced unkind words about Oprah (like the many on this site)? I guess this blog is a cover for a dope house and Tambay is the pusherman -huh? Bad machine, super mean, feelin' good for the man, Superfly he stands. Another junkie plan, pushin' dope for the man. A freddies on the corner now. If you wanna be a junkie, why. Remember freddie is dead

    So spare me, Ms. Chong's opinion was filled with balance. And, it should be noted that she was talking from a point of personal reference (her experience with Oprah) not some she-said-he-said. In other words, she wasn't relying on words from our resident gossip hound from Chicago, Sergio Mims. Nope, if one is really honest (and not swayed by Tampay's dope) it's highly likely Oprah would have been a field nigga. I mean, is that a surprise or something to feel ashamed of?

    And furthermore, truth be told, who hasn't run into the fat chick who tries very hard to be every-damn-bodies-freakin'-friend? You've seen those types, the best suck-ups in the world. But hey, as Rae said, it has served Oprah very well. I've said this many time, in spite of Oprah's alleged character flaws, she's arguably the greatest women to have ever walked this earth.

    So again, I agree with Edwina... "I think she's very straightforward... being honest... she gave Oprah big props... nothing I hadn't heard before... being from Chicago, talking about Oprah is an ongoing convo." YEP!

  • CC | July 19, 2013 6:56 PM

    Btw ALM & Nadia (giving the hand to Ms. Seriously), please listen to the last 25 seconds of the first clip and then tell me what you heard. Aside from her words of full respect and praise for Oprah, I felt her sincerity. Yes, she had a past beef with Oprah, but that didn't takeaway from her ability to champion Oprah's many accomplishments. Seriously, did y'all hear or ignore her remarks about Oprah being a miracle? Did you understand how that's so true in this racial society, which, in the past, has relegated black women to the lowest rung of the pecking order? Come on now, don't run from the truth, Rae Dawn Chong gave Oprah plenty props, albeit with a little flare.

  • seriously | July 19, 2013 5:52 PM

    you could also argue that god gave her her weight. i mean for a woman with everything, all the resources in the world, with inability to shed the pounds, it must be god given.

  • CareyCarey | July 19, 2013 5:43 PM

    Nadia & ALM, I was not playing around and it's not "I" who's not "getting it".

    whether or not her complimenst were genuine is not the issue. Did they have merit (any truth to them) or not, is the issue.

    So, I defer my rebuttal to Blah Blah's comment. Look at his point by point details because he captured my exact sentiments. Besides, what are you two defending or disagreeing with?

    What... she's sick in the head because she used a slave narrative that you find fault with (I was not similarly offended)? Come on now, that can't be the crux of you concern/problem, can it? And, are y'all implying that those who are now attacking her, are justified in doing so? Conversely, those who understand her and see nothing wrong with her "opinion" are what?

    Come on now, talk to me :-)

  • Nadia | July 19, 2013 5:17 PM

    Thank you ALM! I'm reading his comment and wondering if he's just messing around (we all know how Carey is), or if he's really just not getting it! SMH

  • ALM | July 19, 2013 4:48 PM

    Hey Carey, Carey :)

    The compliments weren't genuine. They were back handed. She said that it was a "miracle" that Oprah made it because of the way that Oprah looks. Weight is one thing, but God gave Oprah her skin tone. People who use slavery narratives, i.e. "I would have been in the house, and so and so would have been in the field" to put other people of color down are sick in the head.

  • browneyesblue | July 19, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    Wasn't she just on Oprah a few years ago for The Color Purple reunion? She was hugging O and smiling. Come on now. This is so ratchet. Whatever happened between them... it has been 25 years, let it go.

    As for the field negro comment, newsflash light skinned slaves were in the field and in the house. The same goes for darker skinned slaves. This idiot needs to learn her history.

    I guess she feels like since her ex C. Thomas Howell's career is rising now is her time. Nope. You are messing with Oprah.....fall back.

  • lost on the irony | July 19, 2013 1:13 PMReply

    looks like the fat dark skinned would have been a field negro beat the skinny light skinned house negro chick to one of the largest pieces of the world pie. perhaps she resents the fact that her social privilege of being skinny light skinned brings her no social value relative to oprah. oops. sux to be u. especially when you're oprah.

  • @JayTeeDee | July 19, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    Since Commando?!!!! Damn that's a long ass time to be holding a grudge. And with Oprah?!! RDC has really lost her mind

  • ScriptTease | July 19, 2013 12:55 PMReply

    After all these years, why now? Perhaps she was basking in knowing that Oprah's Network wasn't doing to well, and now that it's an Emmy Nominated network, she decides to open up about her bad history with Oprah... who knows.

  • urbanauteur | July 19, 2013 12:53 PMReply

    Ask Spike Lee...

  • say what? | July 19, 2013 12:47 PMReply

    Uh oh. Holy career suicide. Don't mess with Queen O. Any glimmer of a future acting career for Miss RDC was just extinguished by own venomous words toward the most powerful woman in entertainment.. As Bill Duke would say, "Ya know ya done f*cked up now, right."'

  • blah blah | July 19, 2013 12:44 PMReply

    As someone, who grew up looking towards Oprah as one of my sheroes, I'm not offended by what RDG said. It was harsh and she probably could have peppered her opinion better than what she did but I think we all know of the one girl/woman, who goes out of their way to make white folks - or any person of authority - feel comfortable in hopes of gaining favor. I don't know if Oprah is that personally (because I never met her) but I'm saying I get what RDG is describing.

  • CareyCarey | July 21, 2013 1:53 PM

    Mr. Seriously, you pose a great argument, however, conjectures are not facts. Consequently, I am not the one running from (denying) the facts in this case.

    So lets take a deeper look at what you're deliberately or inadvertently missing. Listen, Ms. Chong never referenced her own "color", she only told the truth in regard to the struggles of black women in America. Therefore, to conclude that she is jealous, bitter and ANGRY, makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. YOU (and others) only assumed that she is "jealous" of Oprah's success, but lets take a look at why that assumption has no validity.

    Did Ms. Chong say she'd like to change places with Oprah? NO! Did she say or imply that she believes her life and career is a "failure"? NO! Her detractors are the ones defining her life as "less-than Oprah's", not she. Granted, in the eye's of many Oprah has a life to die for, but how do you spell "HAPPINESS" AND "CONTENT"?

    Anyway, lets take a look at the emotions some are misquidely projecting upon Ms Chong. When someone recounts a period of their life (as Ms. Chong did in this clip) is it wise or right to surmise that they are still wearing and feeling the same emotions of said period? Absolutely not! Therefore, anyone with any sort of analytical ability would not suggest such. In other words, Ms. Chong is not presently jealous (there's NOTHING she said which speaks to that, and why should she be?). And, regardless of how some twist it, reshape it, rub it and conjecture-it around, nothing she said supports the opinion that she's presently bitter or angry.

    In short, what color am I? Am I bitter, angry and jealous of Oprah's accomplishments? I mean, isn't it true that Oprah is a bit of an anomaly? I mean, isn't it a fact that some would consider her a miracle? Is a dark-skinned, fat, thick-lipped black woman the conventional/traditional European vision of beauty? Yeah, I know, facts do not lie and Ms. Chong is not the villain.

    And, before I forget, regardless of what Monique A.W. (above) said -->"Rae Dawn Chong hasn't been successful because she thought she was too cute to brown nose" everyone doesn't view sucking-up and brown nosing as enviable qualities. Geeez.... Stepin Fetchit was a comedian and a do boy.

  • seriously | July 20, 2013 1:27 PM

    Mr. CareyCarey, I think you have some sort of confusion between a sequence of events, and content therein. I am glad you have the sequence of events down, but please open your ears and mind to the contents, the implications, the insinuations, and other implicit and explicit uttering by Ms. Chong. Deny it all you want, but Ms. Chong either deliberately or inadvertently communicates that she is jealous, bitter, ANGRY because someone like Oprah, dark skinned, fat, unconventionally attractive is more successful than she is. Her methods of communication not only invoke racism and white supremacy, but certainly is PISSED that they did not work in her favor, she who should be superior to Oprah on this scale. Anyone with any sort of analytical ability can pick that up. Unless you choose to sheepishly make excuses and erase the white supremacist presence. Good luck to you!

  • CareyCarey | July 19, 2013 6:29 PM

    Okay Mr. Seriously, I have to say it, most of your comment is pure poppycock. She wasn't pissed (how did you come to that conclusion?) she was asked a question that she immediately said was not true. Then she corrected the intervierer by giving details on her past relationship with Oprah, that's IT! So for you to surmise that she was pissed, and your whole spiel about white supremacy and she believing Oprah is inferior to her, is your imagination running amuck 'cause there's no facts in your mess.

  • seriously | July 19, 2013 5:48 PM

    lol, she seems to be PISSED that white supremacy let oprah through. That oprah succeded despite the fact that white supremacy should favor her instead. i personally don't care how long it's been. if that's how you feel, that's how you feel. but to put someone down because of their skin tone, and weight is just despicable. especially when you position them in relation to yourself and regard how much more successful YOU should have been instead of them because the defy the beauty standards. i think it's fair game to call out oprah's shuckin and jivin, and it's also fair to regard her mammy status, if you want to go there. she didn't do that. she basically tried to relate all the ways in which oprah is inferior to herself, and all of them are not just mean but immaterial in the end.

  • blah, blah | July 19, 2013 2:13 PM

    @Seriously and...? I'm not being a smart ass here but I am hearing something totally different from what it appears the majority think. And I need someone to seriously explain what I'm missing.
    And fact, what I hear is Chong using a badly crafted plantation analogy to acknowledge that:
    1. White Supremacy exist
    2. And that there is levels [hierarchies] to this -ish
    Oprah, largely, exist outside of all the "standards," which we equate with success and beauty. Therefore her climb to gain success through the dominate culture was much tougher than most other people, particularly black women, who in some way, form or fashion, had something natural (whether it be skin toned, weight, hair type, facial features, etc...), which appeal to the dominate culture.
    What I hear Chong doing is acknowledging that Oprah worked for everything and EARNED she got. And that she should be applauded for carving out a major position for herself in spite of being in an industry that is largely adverse to women, who look like her.
    But she also said that Oprah route to success involved a little (or lot) bootlicking up to the system.
    The thing is that I can certainly understand why folks would be upset that the comments are so-many years too late - and she really could have said all of that a better way - but I don't understand why folks (our folks) are taking offense to the Uncle Tom/House Nigra/Field Nigra analogy like we don't know that some folks be shucking and jiving? And especially since I have read similar sentiments expressed about Oprah many times before?

  • seriously | July 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    seriously, she called her a FIELD negro. which means, the critic would be the one more accepted by white folks, because of her skin tone and pleasing demeanor.

  • Mr. Marin | July 19, 2013 12:41 PMReply

    Isn't this the same Rae Dawn Chong that rather call herself a "NEW BREED" instead of acknowledging her Black descent? Now she's speaking for people in the struggle and calling out Oprah? 'The Color Purple' and 'Commando' was a LONNNNNG time ago. It's quiet for Ms. Chong speaking for us when she doesn't even want to be associated. As far her vocab to describe Oprah, it's uncalled for a very high school cafeteria-esque. There is a proper way she could've went about this.

  • rose | July 19, 2013 12:15 PMReply

    "Harpo who dis woman" after all these years now!!! This is perfect for publicity though, no one under 30 might not even recognize this lady so she tried it and now people are talking about her . Oprah will ignore her and people will look up Rae Dawn Chong on IMDB.

  • Ellen | July 19, 2013 12:10 PMReply

    Lol @ the comments about a woman of a "certain size" and calling Oprah the fat chick. That's typically what dried up skinny bitches who hate resort to when they are jealous about someone who has more going on in their thought-process than what they look like. She's saying that Oprah is successful and a "brown-noser" because she is fat. Jesus.

    So, Squeak, does that mean that you are unsuccessful and envious because you are skinny?

    Also, it leads one to wonder how the person she "respects" so much for all that she has done can still, in the same breath, be "all about Oprah." How does that work? How can you do a lot for others and "change the DNA of the world" and still be all about yourself? Squeak, sit yo ass down and find a rehab center, stat! There are so many things about Oprah that irritate me, but these interview clips from a black woman talking about another black woman with laughing white men instigating the situation sicken me.

  • ALM | July 19, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    In hope that TMZ has confirmed that this is her voice, because the floodgates are about to open. I am actually wondering if this is some type of ploy for publicity/attention, because no one under 25 knows who this woman is, and IMDB shows that the movie that she is referencing, "Commando", was made in 1985. I barely have heard of her myself.

    What’s sad is that she sounds so sincere. She says that Oprah’s life is a “miracle”.

    And who is this “we” in the struggle? Chong clearly makes the point that Oprah is a vile overweight unattractive woman. If Oprah is all of those things, then surely Chong wouldn’t want to be included in the same group with her.

    Drugs are bad kids.

    I’m just waiting on the response from Oprah. She, like Shonda Rhimes, is a master at classy shade. Oprah can cut this woman down without cursing, without using profanity, etc.

    And if a person is so "vile", I'm going to need you to give me better examples than this. something better than your treatment surrounding a movie that is almost 30 years old. You're also going to have a problem proving to the entire world that a woman who has probably given a quarter of a billion dollars to other people of ALL race between her own money and the Angel network is selfish.

    Everyone on this planet has someone that does not care for them. Maybe something in their personalities just clashed, but the shade she is throwing at Oprah is extra. Oprah can (and has in the past) lost weight. She should lose weight (only if she wants to) for health reasons only, not because society or Hollywood says that she should.

    And the darker shade comments......based on the conversations online, Chong may want to steer clear of the streets. People continue to say that darker skin is a negative thing/failure. A lot of people are not taking kindly to this type of talk.

  • M.eanB.usiness | July 19, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    What do mean what's wrong with her! Obviously she had a f'd up experience with Oprah. I don't understand why that means something has to be wrong with her. Apparently Oprah must be too good in your eyes to the the f'd up one, or is it that her status masks that so well, that it's being completely overlooked.

  • Edwina | July 19, 2013 11:18 AMReply

    Well...I think she's a very straightforward person and she's just being honest about her thoughts and experiences with and about Oprah. Painfully so. She gave Oprah big props for her achievements, said more than once that she respects her tremendously, nothing she said was just out-and-out vicious or meanspirited. It just wasn't very nice. And nothing I hadn't heard before while sitting around talking with my girlfriends. Being from Chicago, talking about Oprah is an ongoing convo.

  • oy vey | July 19, 2013 11:57 AM

    nothing MEAN spirited? she called her a field negro as if that's derogatory. invoking colorism and black people privilege, to somehow put oprah down because of her skin tone. she called her all kinds of names, and fixated on her size as an attempt to diminish her, and it wasn't mean spirited? what in your world constitutes MEAN? are you kidding? she's doing nothing but cutting to the bone. there's a lot to criticize oprah for, but what she's doing isn't critical. it's just mean. wake up.

  • donnadara | July 19, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    I think she was high or drunk. I love her, I hate her, she's vile, I respect her. Really incoherent.

  • DJ | July 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Clarence Thomas has been called worse.

  • ALM | July 19, 2013 11:38 AM

    Donndara: Yep. Didn't she contradict herself a record amount of times in such a short set of clips? LOL

  • mk | July 19, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    Sounds like a bad loser

  • ChgoSista | July 19, 2013 11:16 AMReply

    Peggy, 'The Color Purple' was...1985. Not saying Ms. Chong is not being truthful, but why N-O-W? Who gives a damn NOW?

  • Lauren | July 19, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    She must have been on crack or off her meds.... envy's a bitch.

  • ChgoSista | July 19, 2013 11:13 AMReply

    What in the MF? Whaaaaaaat? Huh? WHY? Was she smokin' some of that "Cheech & Chong" during this? One minute Oprah's "this and that," and then the other minute, you "respect her?" HEAD SCRATCHER, INDEED!!!!!

  • Peggy | July 19, 2013 11:13 AMReply

    She's funny. She's got an ax to grind. If Oprah treated her that way I don't blame her saying that. Who knows?

  • sosgemini | July 19, 2013 11:04 AMReply

    She done gone off the deep in. That's what's wrong with her. :smh:

  • sosgemini | July 19, 2013 11:04 AM

    Plus, she's obviously jealous. Sad, sad, sad....

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