Omarosa clashes with NABJ Convention attendees in the Big Easy

White House aide Omarosa Manigault speaks during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans Louisiana

White House aide Omarosa Manigault speaks during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans Louisiana

One of those panels got heated, Friday, thanks to a late-addition and controversial personality, White House Aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman. Gordon also asked for her opinion on policies enacted at the Department of Justice by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that would roll back federal oversight of local police departments, and about any conversations she has had with the president regarding issues of concern to the black community.

Ms. Manigault-Newman is the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. "It's heavy drama. Even the moderator is refusing", an unnamed source told Page Six.

Cobb told Page Six that Omarosa's inclusion wasn't the sole reason for quitting the panel, branding the event "very disorganized".

Manigault-Newman got out of her seat and paced the stage at one point, engaging in repeated back-and-forths with other panelists.

Manigault said that Trump's comments were not acceptable, but when pressed further about their discussions, she said that she would not "disclose confidential conversations with the president of the United States".

She began by telling the story of the loss of her father and brother to violence in Youngstown, Ohio, a story that she said has allowed her to understand the pain of families who have lost children or loved ones to gun violence. We grown-ass men. And when you see this type of thing, you have to stand up and let them know, like I understand perfectly that there's just some black people that's just not black.

Panel moderator Edward Gordon White House aide Omarosa Manigault Cheryl Dorsey and Arthur Reed react during a panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans Louisiana
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On Friday, Cobb retweeted a message replying to Gordon's statement that read, "It's not an interview if you can't ask her real questions".

Before giving the microphone to Glover, Gordon called the panel a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns".

Omarosa and Gordon repeatedly spoke over each other during the panel as he tried to ask questions.

During the 2016 presidential campaign season, Trump was invited to speak at NABJ's conference in Washington, D.C. He declined then as well.

"Google 'Omarosa and Eric Garner, '" she said. Du Bois plenary. Soon, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, who was scheduled to serve as moderator, and one panelist, the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb, had pulled out of the event. The strength and resilience of these two women, who received a standing ovation from the room, was palpable. Valerie Castile, Philando Castile's mother, and Sandra Sterling, Alton Sterling's aunt came on stage and graciously shared their stories and pain with the audience.

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