T.I. is protesting Houston's restaurant for allegedly not serving African-American customers. As TMZ shares, the rapper and TV star led a group of demonstrators against the restaurant chain's location in Buckhead for its treatment of Love & Hip Hop cast members on Saturday.
The protest stems from an incident between hip-hop manager Deb Antney and Momma Dee, who both appear on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. Apparently the two tried to get a table at the upscale Atlanta neighborhood for seven people but couldn't get one. They say they tried to split up their group but were still not permitted to be seated.
“We want to bring attention to the way that they're conducting their business, and for anybody else who has discriminated against,” T.I., an Atlanta native and resident, said to 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."
Antney, who is the mother of Waka Flocka Flame, has been involved in the careers of her son, Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj. "Bye bye Houston's," she shared on Twitter from the protest.
T.I. took to Twitter to share his #BoycottHoustons and #HoustonsWeHaveAProblem hashtags. He took a photo of the restaurant, which was closed on Sunday. "Naw fan u got #shutdown," he said.
Houston's restaurant has said that it does not seat groups of six or more walk-ins. In an Instagram post, which has since been taken down per 11 Alive, the restaurant asserts that the group was treated fairly per its policy. It added that the restaurant was closing down on Sunday in "the anticipation of protests and threats made against the restaurant and staff members. We will always choose the side of caution when it comes to protecting our valued staff and guests."
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