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Megan Thee Stallion is partnering with Popeyes chicken to launch "Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce" and merchandise.

Megan's new Popeyes Hottie Sauce will be available in all Popeyes restaurants locations on October 19, according to Today.com.

Megan's new dipping sauce will top the Popeyes' spicy chicken sandwich that went viral 2 years ago.

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The Hottie Sauce is made with honey, cider vinegar and Aleppo pepper, according to Popeyes website. The Hottie Sauce features a "sweet, yet bold flavor with a hint of spice, inspired by Megan's sassy personality," says Popeyes.

The "WAP" rapper reportedly invested her own money in a Popeyes franchise restaurant in her native Houston.

Additionally, she plans to make a six-figure donation to Houston Random Acts of Kindness, an organization that promotes "empathy and compassion while encouraging selfless concern for the welfare of others in the Houston community."

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"I’m appreciative of Popeyes commitment to empowering Black women and look forward to opening Popeyes Restaurants," said Megan Thee Stallion in a statement.

"Teaming up with Popeyes is such a milestone in my journey and evolution as an entrepreneur. I've always been a fan of the Popeyes brand and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to join the brand and help create the new Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce for their line-up."

Megan's collaboration with Popeyes is the latest fast food brand campaign featuring rappers and pop culture stars.

Travis Scott and Saweetie have teamed up with McDonald's for promotional meals and clothing lines in the past year.

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Kandi Burruss thanked Whoopi Goldberg for stopping by her Old Lady Gang restaurant in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Kandi shared Instagram photos of her mom, Momma Joyce, and Aunt Nora posing with the 65-year-old actress, comedienne and TV co-host.

She captioned the image:

"Thank you @whoopigoldberg for coming by to @oldladygang! Being able to sit, eat, laugh, & talk with you, friends, & family made my whole day today!"

Whoopi walks with a cane due to sciatica and other medical conditions associated with age.

In March 2019, Goldberg revealed that she was diagnosed with pneumonia and sepsis, which caused her to take an extended leave of absence from ABC's The View.

The "Sister Act" star reportedly dined on fried green tomatoes, deep fried whipped deviled eggs and seared crabcakes.

Old Lady Gang restaurants has 2 locations in the Castleberry Hill and Camp Creek neighborhoods in southwest Atlanta.

Old Lady Gang is co-owned and operated by (L-R) Aunt Nora, Mama Sharon and Momma Joyce.
 

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Consumers are hit by grocery store sticker shock as food prices soar to record highs due to the pandemic.

A Reddit user posted the above photo of a pack of Angus ribeye steak with a sticker price of $55.59!

Consumer experts say the average family can expect to pay $200 more to put food on the table.

According to the Labor Department, wholesale prices jumped 8.3 percent from August of this year compared to August of 2020 -- the biggest gain in 10 years.

Shoppers who normally don't look at prices are shocked when their purchases are tallied at the checkout counter.

"We haven't seen anything yet," said SuperMarketGuru.Com editor and food industry analyst Phil Lembert.

"Prices are going to continue to go up for a good year and a half.

"The biggest increases we will see has to do with anything with animals. Whether it's eggs or milk or pork or beef."

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Another impending crisis is the bottleneck of cargo ships and container ships drifting off the California coast.

The ships can't offload their cargo because there aren't enough dock workers or truckers to transport the goods.

"We have a huge problem with a lack of truck drivers," Lembert said. "Refrigerated transport is up about 10.4 percent in cost.

According to reports, there are more than 1,000 cargo ships waiting off the coast of California.

Many container ships are in water so deep that they can't drop anchor. As a result, they are in danger of drifting into other ships.

"Retailers who are filling out their orders to fill their shelves are not getting what they order," Lembert said. "It's estimated to be anywhere between 50 and 70 percent of what they order."

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Keke Palmer is not backtracking from her negative review of Chef Marcus Samuelsson's food at the Met Gala on Monday.

Keke went viral when she shared a photo of her wilted salad as part of her 3-course meal at the Met Gala.

Marcus -- who helped select the 10 aspiring chefs to feed the hungry A-listers - told TMZ he was dismayed that Keke criticized the food he curated.

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When a fan retweeted Page Six's article about chef Marcus Samuelsson defending his food on Wednesday, the 28-year-old actress replied, "I just have different taste buds! I love this Chef, sorry to this man."

Keke first criticized the food on her Instagram Story after paying $30,000-$50,000 for her ticket.

She wrote: "The menu chile... This is why they don't show y'all the food... I'm just playinnnn."

Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour defended Marcus's meatless menu in a statement to Page Six on Tuesday.

"We are so thrilled and grateful to have worked with Marcus Samuelsson on the menu for this year's Met Gala. The plant-based menu featured recipes from 10 emerging New York-based chefs to celebrate the return of the city's restaurant industry, which was devastated by the pandemic."

Marcus is the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem.

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Keke Palmer sparked Internet memes when she posted a photo of her wilted salad as part of her 3-course meal at the $30,000-$50,000 per ticket Met Gala, held on Monday night in NYC.

The actress captioned the image: "This is why they don't show y'all the food. I'm just playing."

According to TMZ, Chef Marcus Samuelsson defended allegations that the food was unpalatable at the high society event.

Marcus -- who helped select the 10 aspiring chefs to feed the hungry A-listers - was dismayed that Keke criticized the food served at the $30K-$50K per ticket gala.

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Marcus -- the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, created the totally meatless menu at the gala. He tells TMZ, yes, Keke's picture is in fact a sample of the food served at the ultra exclusive event.

Marcus described the unrecognizable food on Keke's plate as barley topped with roasted maitake mushrooms, tomato salad with corn and zucchini slices.

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Marcus said -- despite Keke's criticism -- the 3-course vegan meal was delicious and the feedback he got from other guests has been incredible.

Marcus, in collaboration with Bon Appétit, hired and then challenged 10 aspiring NY chefs to create a "sustainable, plant-based menu" with all the bells and whistles - hence all the fruits and veggies.

However, Keke's pic, which consisted of the entree, had everyone talking about how unappetizing the food looked.

One person wrote, "This was clearly a 'eat before you get there' type of thing."

Another person wrote, "They feeding y'all like it's Fyre Festival."

In addition to a fresh salad, Keke dined on appetizers, including 6 hor d'oeuvres, a watermelon pumpkin salad, Spanish-style tomato toast rubbed with garlic and anchovy oil, followed by collard greens served on coconut buttermilk cornbread, black rice porcini arancini and smoked yuzu soy on a single panipuri cracker.

Dessert included an apple topped with chocolate mousse and apple confit with a calvados eau-de-vie glaze.

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Coco Austin is uniting moms everywhere who choose to continue breastfeeding their school-age children.

Coco still feeds her 5-year-old daughter, Chanel, nourishing breast milk. The socialite is proud that she can still express milk from her nipples whenever her daughter is hungry.

Coco, wife of rapper-turned-actor Ice-T, recently defended her decision to breastfeed Chanel. She dismissed claims she is doing "psychological harm" to Chanel by not weaning her off breast milk.

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"Chanel still likes my boob. It's a big bonding moment for a mother and your child," she told Us Weekly.

Coco is also proud to be a role model for women who are deemed "perverts" for continuing to breastfeed their adolescent children.

Extended breastfeeding advocate Kim Summer told the NY Post she still breastfeeds her 6-year-old daughter.

"My daughter Piper will be 7 years old in November and I breastfeed her twice a day or whenever she says she needs it," Summer, 40, told The Post.

She said her daughter even has a nickname for her breasts: "boo boo."

"At bedtime, she'll say, 'Can I have boo boo?' and I give it to her," the lactation specialist and birth doula added. "It's a special bonding time for us that's comforting, reciprocal and organic."

She added: "People tell me I should die, I'm gross and that Child Protective Services should take my baby away from me."

Jada Shapiro, a lactation expert, cited a study from the American Academy of Pediatrics that shows extended breastfeeding is healthy for older children.

"Research shows that children who are breastfed for a longer length of time are at a reduced risk for developing respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases, diabetes and some childhood cancers," said Shapiro.

"The World Health Organization also found that women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers," she added.

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Coco Austin is tired of people sharing their unsolicited breastfeeding opinions on her social media timelines.

Coco still feeds her 5-year-old daughter, Chanel, nourishing breast milk. The socialite is proud that she can still express milk from her nipples whenever her daughter is hungry.

Coco, wife of rapper-turned-actor Ice-T, sparked intense debates over nursing her daughter, who is old enough to attend kindergarten.

Many people claim Coco is doing "psychological harm" to Chanel by not weaning her off breast milk.

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Coco explained that Chanel is calm and emotionally stable on her steady diet of warm breast milk, which contains no hormones or antibiotics like store bought milk.

"Chanel still likes my boob. It's a big bonding moment for a mother and your child," she told Us Weekly.

"Why take that away from her? ... If she doesn't want it, all right, that's where you stop it. But I'm not just going to say no."

Coco added that her daughter's demand for breast milk makes her feel wanted and youthful.

Breast milk is nutritious and easily digestible. It is 95% water and contains fat, protein, carbohydrates and no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

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Ice-T defended his wife from critics in a 2018 interview with PEOPLE.

"Coco absolutely breastfeeds because she just wanted that mama connection with the baby," he said at the time. He added: "Chanel's drinking everything in the refrigerator right now."

READ ALSO: Coco Austin Still Breastfeeds Daughter Chanel Austin

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Coco says Chanel eats traditional food like "steak and hamburgers," but she sometimes chooses to wash it down with breast milk direct from the source.

Coco, 42, previously said she and Ice-T, 63, share their bed with Chanel and their dogs. But they do have nights when it's just her and her husband alone.

"We call it the family bed. We have Chanel and all four dogs."

Coco is confident that her daughter will grow up to be emotionally and psychologically stable as a result of not weaning her off the breast too early.

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According to the CDC, only 75% of babies are breastfed in America. And only 5.7% of children are still breastfeeding at 18 months.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding for 2 years or more.

The Who advises that continued breastfeeding (even beyond age 2) is fine as long as it is beneficial to both mother and child.

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Another one of Kandi Burruss' restaurants has failed a health inspection. Luckily for Kandi, fans still dine at her establishments after her poor history of failed health inspections.

Last month The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and her husband Todd Tucker's Blaze Steak House on Cascade Road received a second failing score and was forced to shut down.

RhymeswithSnitch reports that Kandi and Todd's Old Lady Gang soul food restaurant has received a second failing score.

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The Old Lady Gang Southern Cuisine restaurant, located at 177 Peters Street in Alanta's warehouse district, received a 78 (Grade C) score from the Fulton County Health Inspector on August 24, 2017. The restaurant scored a subsequent 100 on reinspection in 2017.

According to the Georgia Dept. of Health website, Old Lady Gang Southern Eatery scored a dismal 75 after a third inspection on July 14 found several violations at the establishment.

The health official noted that the manager was not taking steps to "prevent foodborne illness by having repeated risk factors and good retail practice violations."

Atlanta restaurants that fail health inspections are given one chance to clean up their act before they are forced to close down permanently.

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If you are a home buyer who prefers homes with gas stoves and gas water heaters, you may be out of luck.

Cities are pushing builders to exclude gas hookups in new homes and developments to protect the environment.

But chefs say gas stoves heat up quicker than electric stoves and they have greater control over the temperatures with gas flame. Additionally, gas heaters heat homes more efficiently and evenly than electric heat.

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Gas stoves are typically cheaper than electric stoves, and electric stoves and water heaters are useless when the power goes out.

Several cities, including Berkeley, Calif., Denver and New York City are banning natural-gas connections to new homes and businesses.

When Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to ban natural-gas two years ago, the California Restaurant Association sued.

A federal judge dismissed the challenge earlier this month; the restaurant group said it plans to appeal the decision.

Question: Do you prefer gas stoves or electric stoves?

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Kraft premiered a new ice cream flavor just in time for National Macaroni & Cheese Day (July 14). The brand teamed up with Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to develop the new creamy macaroni & cheese ice cream flavor.

"We know that there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than ice cream," said Kraft in a press release.

"That is why we wanted to combine two of the most iconic comfort foods to create an ice cream with the unforgettable flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese we all grew up with."

The limited-edition ice cream is available online on Van Leeuwen's website and in the brand's stores across the country while supplies last starting July 14 at 11 a.m.

The new sweet confection isn't cheap. A pint costs $12, but New Yorkers can taste the new flavor for free between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at an ice cream truck in Union Square.

By 12 noon Twitter users complained that the website kept crashing.

It sounds like the new macaroni & cheese flavor is a success.