James Wright and Patti Labelle Bring #BlackExcellence to the Cooking Channel

james-wright-chanel-and-patti-labelle-e1449514770797The Patti Labelle sweet potato pie aka “Patti Pie” phenomenon has taken over the holiday season. Her pies were sold out nationwide within days of their debut at least in part because of a viral video from James Wright Chanel. But when that partnership turned into an appearance on her Cooking Channel show “Patti’s Place”, the world wasn’t ready for the amount of pure unfiltered blackness that was about to take place.

Filming the episode at Patti’s son’s house in Philadelphia, Chanel and LaBelle spent the entire episode singing over food like pastrami pot pies, peach and apple cobbler, and her signature sweet potato pie. The best part was Chanel’s repeated “Patti!” calls and their clear friendship on-screen.

Frankly, I haven’t seen this much raw blackness on mainstream television in, well, ever.

Watch the full episode below:


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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.

1 Response

  1. Shawna says:

    Pure genius! I love them together. James has some spirited vocals and personality for days. So glad Ms. Patti is embracing this new found window of opportunity and success with a whole different generation. He reminded me of all hers that I’ve loved over the years.