Celebrities Who Have Been Racially Profiled

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  • David Banner
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Tyler Perry
  • MC Hammer
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Nas
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • Kelly Price
  • Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • T.J. Holmes
  • Nick Cannon

Oprah Winfrey

Like luxury fashion brand Hermès, whose flagship Paris store she was denied entry to in 2004, Swizz boutique Troix Pommes is no longer one of Oprah's favorite things. A store clerk at the posh boutique refused to show the billionaire a $38,000 purse, saying it was too expensive for her. Oprah discussed the incident during an interview promoting Lee Daniels' The Butler as an incident of racial profiling. "She didn't know I had an [American Express] Black card," Winfrey said of the clerk, deducing that the assumption had to do with the fact that she's a Black woman. Not only did the clerk embarrass herself and her employer, she probably missed out on the commission of a lifetime.

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