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?