FIRST THE ESSENCE FESTIVAL NOW CLAIMS OF POOR TREATMENT FROM THE CITY OF HOUSTON AT THE DUE AWARDS?

GOODEN: HPD CALLED !



The New York based organizer of the DUE Awards says she is upset at the treatment she received in Houston this weekend. She chose the city as the location for the second annual DUE awards show that recognizes underground video producers around the country. The ceremony, which was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, was abruptly shut down Saturday night 2 hours before it was scheduled. F. Gooden, the organizer, says management at the facility complained after Houston recording artist Brooke Valentine went into an area to change for her performance. When Valentine, who had just arrived in town by plane, was told she couldn’t have a private area to change and refused to move – HPD was called out by the convention center management for the singer said Gooden. When HPD arrived according to organizers, a rep for the GRB told Gooden she didn’t have enough security. However, Gooden tells The Insite she had 6 private security officers as stated in the contractual agreement. But Gooden now says GRB officials switched up the rules saying not only did she need more security but they had to be off duty HPD officers working the event. Gooden says she is remaining in Houston for another week to try and get an explanation and her deposit back from the GRB. She tells The Insite after the event was over workers at the center even refused to validate her parking. The New York resident says she will leave Houston with a bad taste in her mouth about the city. She also says she dropped $12,000 to rent out the hall at the GRB on an event she says was shut down two hours early. Is this good for the city of Houston? This comes on the heels of Essence Fest organizers also complaining about the poor treatment they received by the Convention and Visitors Bureau. What’s your take on this?

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 30, 2006 12:19 pm 

    Sounds like a second rate awards ceremony put on by a total hack organizer.

  2. Anonymous July 30, 2006 12:57 pm 

    Isiah, I saw you creeping around and and I knew you would play fast and loose with the facts. Here was what really happened:

    *Gooden sold about 3 tickets to the event. The rest were given away.

    *Because she had no money, she could not afford to pay the off- duty police officers who were scheduled to work.

    *The contract stated, as do all GRB contracts, that she needed HPD off duty officers. 4 in this case.

    *She did not even pay “artists” who came from as far away as LA and when the crews complained they were not being fed, she orderd two large pizzas for them.

    *When HPD became aware that there was no extra job officers and they sensed that emotions were getting high, they offered to staff the event with on-duty officers in order to avoid a riotous situation in the venue.

    *Since her “artists” were angry they were recieving shabby treatment and not receiving pay, they refused to take the stage.

    *Right after gooden was told that HPD would staff the event with on duty officers, she got up on stage and blamed HPD for closing the event.

    *Gooden even dropped the race card on the GRB events manager. Inexplicable since the GRB events manager is black too.

    You should know better, Isiah. Such “reporting” is beneath you.

  3. Anonymous July 31, 2006 9:12 am 

    Again, another second rate promoter with no money and alot of excuses.

    I was there and the GRB never shut down the show. Infact, the HPD stated to the promoter they wanted to see the show continue, because they did not want angry attendees to cause a disruption. The HPD was only called out to the venue after management staff was threatened and treated with disrespect. The proper security was not on hand as promised by the promoter and the tee-shirt security did not feel they had enough staff to support the event. They too felt uncomfortable with the overall scene.

    It was Ms. Gooden who canceled her event and blamed it on the HPD.

    Just like a promoter to blame others for there mismanagement.
    And the race card, please, all the management staff I saw was a black as the crowd…the race card, I don’t think so…

  4. Anonymous August 2, 2006 11:51 am 

    Was it the GRB’s, HPD, or Houston’s fault that none of the artist on the flyer showed up. Weren’t Ron Artest and Jim Jones “supposed” to host the event?
    Why come all the way from Houston to New York to host this “annual” show? The promoter took her shot and failed, now go home, regroup, and try again.

  5. Anonymous August 5, 2006 11:13 am 

    The last three anonymous posts were all put up by the same blogger, and for Isiahs’ “fast & loose” reporting– What did you want him to do? Report, or FACT FIND! He was reporting “fast and loose”, like most stations and reporters do. Now you see how the other side feels! Also, I believe it was racial, just like I believe your posts were racial…. highlighted by the quotations you put around the word “artist”. Maybe only county music qualifies as art. Who knows, maybe I’ll just ask you anonymous….

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