Words by Qadirah Abdur-Rahman
When it comes to black activism, we know that T.I. does not play! Over the weekend, T.I protested Houston’s after their denial to seat African-American customers.
According to TMZ, the rapper led a protest against Houston’s chain restaurant in Buckhead for allegedly not seating Love & Hip Hop stars Debra Antney and Momma Dee because they were Black. Apparently, when the Hip-Hop manager Debra Antney and reality star Momma Dee tried to order a table for seven at the prestige Atlanta restaurant, they were told that they couldn’t get one. The group of seven even tried to split up their party to be seated separately, and were still not permitted to dine at the restaurant.
In an Instagram post that was deleted, the restaurant states that their policy to not seat six or more walk- ins is practiced fairly and equally. They also said that “Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone,” per 11 Alive.
T.I’s responded to 11 Alive and said, “We want to bring attention to the way that they’re conducting their business, and for anybody else who has discriminated against,” 11 Alive. “This is the kind of activity that we will not accept in our community, as a culture, and with us having buying power in this city.”
Due to the anticipation of protests, Houstons was closed on Sunday. “We will always choose the side of caution when it comes to protecting our valued staff and guests,” says Houston in the deleted Instagram post according to 11 Alive.
Antney who is the mother of Waka Flocka Flame, and previous manager for Nicki Minaj and Gucci Mane shares a twitter post that says, “Bye bye Houstons.”
Bye bye houstons pic.twitter.com/RiF0ngi2TW
— Debra Antney (@DAntney) October 7, 2017
Meanwhile, TI says bye Houstons….
— T.I. (@Tip) October 9, 2017