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Michael Costello says Chrissy Teigen's online bullying left him depressed and suicidal.

Costello, 38, issued a statement accusing Teigen of spreading fake photos and racist rumors about him on social media in 2014.

The Fashion designer is best known for his appearance on the eighth season of Project Runway.

Costello's accusations came hours after Teigen apologized a second time for cyberbullying Courtney Stodden and others.

"I didn't want to do this, but I can not be happy until I speak my mind," he wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram.

"I need to heal and in order for me to do that I must reveal what I've been going through. I wanted to kill myself and I still am traumatized, depressed, and have thoughts of suicide."

He continued:

"When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander and that everything she thought I was is not who I am, she told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on."

Costello also shared screenshots of DMs he sent Teigen begging her to stop saying he called someone a racial slur.

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However, fashion designer Maxie James accused Costello of calling her a "Black ni**er b*tch" when they bumped into each other in a fabric store.

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James also admitted she nearly "whooped his a**" and almost went to jail.

"Whew one thing about that karma boy! it aaaaalways finds its way back around! even if it’s 7 years later! Michael Costello got the nerve to be playing victim of being bullied, but called his self bullying 7 years ago and called me a Black N****r B*** in a fabric store downtown. He had the wrong one tho cus I most certainly whooped his a** and almost went to jail too. Thank GOD for his mercy us I seriously LOST IT. I never experienced racism before. All I knew to do was FIGHT."

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A DeKalb County businessman has agreed to sell his gas station after a clerk was caught on camera yelling that he hates the Black community.

The incident happened in mid October at a Exxon gas station on Flat Shoals Road in east Atlanta.

A customer filmed the clerk yelling "I don't give a f*&k about the black neighborhood, okay?" The incident caught the attention of activist Joe Jones who organized a protest outside the station that lasted more than 60 days.

"We sent a clear message that we will no longer tolerate disrespect," Jones told CBS 46 News. The owner, Rahim Sivji apologized, but the protests continued because of alleged racist incidents at the same gas station in the past.

"It is, in fact, a privilege to get Black dollars," Jones said.

Sivji told CBS46 he made the decision to sell the store because he feared for his life.

"They tried to put me out of business," Sivji said in a phone call with CBS46. He added that he lost 70% of his revenue due to the protest.

"It got to the point over here where I'm just thinking either its -- I have to save my life or save my store. I said, okay... hell with my store, I want to say my life."

Sivji signed an agreement to sell the gas station with an option for Jones to buy it for $5 million.

Jones launched a GoFundMe page that raised over $2,000 of a $5 million goal.

He is pleased that the owner agreed to sell. "You know, this is a perfect opportunity to take this situation and try to promote, uh, a situation of Black ownership," Jones said.
 

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Waves of panic rippled through the business community after Yelp announced a new consumer alert tag that allows users to flag any business as racist.

What could go wrong?

Yelp announced Wednesday that it was taking a "stand against racism" by placing a warning tag on any business that receives multiple consumer comments accusing even one employee of a racist act.

"Today, we're announcing a new consumer alert to stand against racism," the company tweeted. "In the last few months, we've seen that there is a clear need to warn consumers about businesses associated with egregious, racially-charged actions to help people make more informed spending decisions."

The complaints can consist of "racist language or symbols" that bring attention to "racist conduct" committed by any single employee or multiple employees of a business.

The racism consumer alert tag is a white exclamation point on a red background.

Yelp will place the tag on any business accused of racism -- even if that business is owned by a minority who employs non-minorities.

The page will be locked and consumers will be unable to leave a comment - negative or positive - until Yelp concludes its "investigation" into the complaints.

Any business hit with a racism alert tag is sure to attract press attention. Yelp will facilitate the further destruction of that business by linking to any press article that covers the alleged racist act.

Twitter reacted to the announcement on Wednesday.

"I'm concerned about declaring a business racist from on-high...," tweeted one user. "What if a Yelp employee has a bias or grudge?"

Another user wrote, "Yelp. Another entity I will block and ban. Its a useless app anyways."

And a third user tweeted: "and here i was thinking your service couldn't get any worse."

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Joe Biden accused President Trump of being the first racist to be elected U.S. president. The Democratic nominee for president made the remark during a virtual townhall from his basement in Delaware on Wednesday.

The 77-year-old Democrat chastised Trump for repeatedly referring to the COVID-19 pandemic as the "China virus" or the "Wuhan virus".

Biden said, "the way he deals with people based on the color of their skin, their national origin, where they're from, is absolutely sickening."

Biden added, "No sitting president has ever done this. Never, never, never. No Republican president has done this. No Democratic president."

Ignoring the fact that past U.S. presidents have owned slaves, Biden said, "We've had racists, and they've existed, and they've tried to get elected president. But he's the first one that has."

President Trump responded to a reporter's question about Biden's statement during a press briefing on Wednesday. Trump said he'd "done more for black Americans than anybody with the possible exception of Abraham Lincoln. Nobody has even been close.”

Former U.S. presidents who've bought and sold African slaves include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson.

The former vice president made headlines earlier this year when he suggested Black people who don't vote Democrat "ain't Black".
 

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Nick Cannon was abruptly fired from ViacomCBS after meeting with top executives to discuss his anti-Semitic rant last week.

ViacomCBS is the parent company of Nickelodeon and the producers of his show Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out.

The "Masked Singer" host found himself in hot water after he stated white people are the "true savages" due to their lack of melanin in their skin.

The job termination ends his hosting duties on Wild 'N Out and The Masked Singer and takes a huge chunk out of his bank account.

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The outspoken comedian made the remarks during a recent episode of his YouTube show Cannon's Class, when he stated that white people are "a little less" than darker-skinned people.

He claimed white people were savages because they originated from hostile territories, far from the equator where they received less sun exposure.

"The people that don't have (melanin) are a little less," Cannon said, claiming, "When they were sent to the mountains of Caucasus... The sun then started to deteriorate them, so then they're acting out of fear, they're acting out of low self-esteem, they're acting out of a deficiency."

He added: "So, therefore, the only way that they can act is evil. They have to rob, steal, rape, kill in order to survive. So then, these people that didn't have what we have - and when I say we, I speak of the melanated people - they had to be savages... They're acting as animals so they're the ones that are actually closer to animals. They're the ones that are actually the true savages."

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Following the public backlash, ViacomCBS execs met with Cannon in private to discuss his future with the corporation.

Disappointed by his lack of remorse or an apology, ViacomCBS announced it had parted ways with Cannon on Tuesday, July 14.

"ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," the company said in a statement. "We have spoken with Nick Cannon about an episode of his podcast ‘Cannon's Class' on YouTube, which promoted hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

"While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him."

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Mariah Carey's ex-husband responded to the controversy in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

The father-of-three took "full responsibility" for the controversial remarks he made on his YouTube show.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I have no hate in my heart nor malice intentions. I do not condone hate speech nor the spread of hateful rhetoric. We are living in a time when it is more important than ever to promote unity and understanding," he wrote. "The Black and Jewish communities have both faced enormous hatred, oppression persecution and prejudice for thousands of years and in many ways have and will continue to work together to overcome these obstacles."

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"In today's conversation about anti-racism and social justice, I think we all - including myself - must continue educating one another and embrace uncomfortable conversations - it’s the only way we ALL get better."

He concluded: "Until then, I hold myself accountable for this moment and take full responsibility because My intentions are only to show that as a beautiful human species we have way more commonalities than differences, So let’s embrace those as well as each other. We All Family!"

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Gabrielle Union appeared to address her firing from America's Got Talent during a panel at the launch of her clothing line in New York on Monday.

Union, 47, was terminated as a celebrity judge on the NBC talent competition show in November.

During the panel discussion, Union suggested she was a "happy negro" who waited until she lost her $15 million gig before speaking out about racism and sexism on the set.

"Don't be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you're afraid," she said. "Don't allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate."

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Union didn't specifically call out NBC or her ex boss Simon Cowell, the creator of AGT. Both Union and her co-host Julianne Hough were fired.

Hough, 31, took the high road and thanked NBC for the opportunity. But Union didn't take her termination well. Union urged her fans not to be that negro who lets opportunity slip between her fingers.

"Do your best because corporations want global dollars," Union continued. "Do your best to hold the door open and hold people responsible."

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While Hough has a full schedule, Union has earned a reputation as being difficult to work with on sets.

Still, she regrets not speaking out until she was forced to depart from the show. She understands if others in her position are afraid to speak out.

"It's terrifying. There's a solid chance you'll lose your job," she said before adding coyly, "I speak from experience."

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden refuses to answer questions about an outdated racial term he used in a viral clip from a 2017 video.

The video clip shows Biden surrounded by Black women and children at a pool renaming ceremony in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden regaled the crowd with a colorful story about the time he worked as a lifeguard at a desegregated swimming pool back in the day.

"By the way, you know, I sit on the stand, and it get[s] hot. I got a lot, I got hairy legs that turn blonde in the sun, and the kids used to come up and reach in the pool and rub my leg down so it was straight and then watch the hair come back up again. They'd look at it. So I learned about roaches. I learned about kids jumping on my lap. And I love kids jumping on my lap."

 

The video clip didn't generate interest in the mainstream news media. But Black Twitter questioned what the 77-year-old Democratic candidate meant when he uttered the term "roaches" while surrounded by Black children.

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Many questioned the timing of the video clip, which resurfaced online after former President Barack Obama made it clear that Biden is not his choice for the Democratic nominee.

Biden doesn't bond with voters, Obama allegedly said during a meeting with presidential hopefuls in his D.C. office earlier this year.

Famed radio host and attorney Larry Elder wondered aloud in a rhetorical tweet, "And if @realDonaldTrump referred to blacks kid as "ROACHES"? [sic].

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Biden's history of insensitive racial remarks continues to plague his campaign, already hobbled by his son Hunter Biden's inconvenient comedy of errors.

During his early days in the U.S. Senate, Biden was strongly opposed to busing to desegregate schools. He warned busing would lead to a "racial jungle."

California Senator Kamala Harris, who dropped out of the 2020 presidential race last week, confronted Biden during a tense Democratic primary debate in June.

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"I do not believe you are a racist," she said, as she criticized his praise for staunch segregationists like Senators James Eastland and Herman Talmadge.

"But it was hurtful to hear you talk [about] the reputations of two United States Senators who built their reputations and career on segregation of race in this country."

"And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing. And you know, there was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. And that little girl was me."

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NBC has opened an investigation into racism and sexism allegations against America's Got Talent creator Simon Cowell, right.

The network tells Deadline.com they have a "deeper understanding of the facts" after meeting on Wednesday with Gabrielle Union, who was let go as a judge on the talent competition series.

Both NBC and Union called their 5-hour meeting "productive". Union, 47, asked for the meeting to hear her suggestions on improving the "toxic environment" on the set.

"The initial conversation was candid and productive," said the network. "While there will be a further investigation to get a deeper understanding of the facts, we are working with Gabrielle to come to a positive resolution."

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Deadline says NBC plans to investigate Union's allegations that Cowell is "acerbic and overlording" on the set.

"The next step in the process for NBC is to have an as yet undetermined independent investigator prioritize moving things forward," Deadline writes.

"The ball is in NBC's court to see if they can get Cowell to agree to make some changes to the way things are done on the show," an insider tells Deadline.

Another source told People magazine that Cowell "Rubbed a lot of people the wrong way" on AGT. And he is "rarely told no."

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Julianne Hough, right, is apparently avoiding former America's Got Talent judge Gabrielle Union after both women were let go from the show after hosting just one season.

According to Extra TV, Hough and her brother Derek were in NYC to attend the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday night.

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Hough, who performed at the festivities, told "Extra" she and Union "have yet to speak" about the controversy surrounding Union's remarks.

Union reportedly met with NBC to hear her complaints on Wednesday, and she took to social media to say the 5-hour meeting was "productive".

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It was reported that Union's contract was not renewed after she complained about a "toxic culture" inside the NBC show. The network told "Extra" that the show "has a long history of inclusivity and diversity." They added, "NBC and the producers take any issues on set seriously."

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A source told Variety.com that staffers with Simon Cowell's production company Syco pestered Union with notes about her ever-changing hair weave. The notes reportedly said her hair was "too black" for the show's audience.

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But Hough, 31, told Extra TV that she is too busy to deal with the AGT drama. "We have been busy here promoting this 'Holidays with the Houghs' special," she explained, adding: "We will connect, for sure."

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Hough, pictured here with season 14 guest judge Queen Latifah, previously said she was "grateful" for her opportunity to be a judge on the talent competition show. Hough has not spoken publicly about the drama behind-the-scenes since the story broke.

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Simon Cowell's production company has brought in the lawyers to speak with Gabrielle Union about the alleged racism and sexism on the set of America's Got Talent.

As you know, Union was let go as a judge after hosting just one season of AGT for a reported $15 million salary. But the 47-year-old Scorpio refused to go quietly without hurling accusations of racism and sexism on the set.

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Among her complaints were a joke made by by Jay Leno and notes passed to her by staffers complaining about her ever-changing hairstyles.

A source told Variety.com that staffers complained Union's hairweave was "too black" for the audience.

Cowell's production company Syco brought in lawyers for a scheduled meeting between Union, Syco NBC and producers Freemantle.

Variety.com reports that NBC plans to speak with Union to ask her about her concerns regarding the environment on the set.

A source confirmed to Page Six: "The companies are retaining outside counsel to assist us in learning more about the facts in this matter, starting with hearing from Gabrielle, which we expect to happen this week."

A source told Deadline.com that Union was anxious to meet with NBC to discuss how she can help them to improve the "toxic environment" on the set.

"Gabrielle believes there is a toxicity that has become normalized at 'Talent,'" an insider told Deadline on Monday.

"She wants to help fix that, because she loved a lot of her time on the show last season, even with the issues with Simon and what have you. But she could never go back, even if they did a [180] and asked her to for another season — no."

But sources say the "toxic" environment on the set improved as soon as Union left. They say her constant complaints to the network bosses is the main reason why she got the boot.