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careful of what you say.”

Now that she knows better, she wants to do everything she can to help the next generation. When Steve invited her to participate in his mentoring program for young Black men, she leapt at the chance.

“Paula and her team has agreed to take as many boys as I want to fly down to Savannah and teach them culinary skills,” Harvey says on the show. “That, to me, is how you get something from something. There has to be a good behind everything.”

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Given that there are plenty of Black chefs that Steve could easily have tapped for this opportunity—Carla Hall, The Neelys and G. Garvin immediately spring to mind— many people are questioning why he chose Paula. One need look no further than all of the coverage this story has gotten.

As charitable as it is of Steve to offer Paula a chance for redemption, having Paula mentor Black boys was a carefully calculated move to promote “The Steve Harvey Show” and Steve’s mentoring camp. Meanwhile she gets to make another attempt at repairing her image. It’s a win-win for both of them. But given Paula entered scandal in the first place for saying she envisioned a wedding serviced by a staff of  “n-words” serving the crowd in “beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie” the visual of her teaching young Black man to cook is disturbing.



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