Johnny Eden Jr. with his three prom dates (Photo source: Instagram – Saudia Shuler @countrycookin1)

A Philadelphia mom went all out for her son’s prom recently. Saudia Shuler, 43,  is very proud of her son Johnny Eden Jr., a graduating high school senior with a 3.8 GPA and a standout player on his school’s basketball team. She wanted to give him a trip to the desert kingdom of Dubai, known for to be sought after travel destination for wealthy tourists but decided on another option. Instead of sending her son on the trip. She decided to bring a taste of Dubai to her North Philadelphia neighborhood.

Johnny Eden Jr. with camel (Photo source: Instagram – Saudia Shuler @countrycookin1)

Shuler spent an estimated $25K to ship in three tons of sand, a camel, caterers and commissioned a large mural that took over the block for her son’s prom send-off. The mom also rented a Lamborghini, Range Rover and Rolls-Royce for her son to take his three dates, all dressed in custom designer gowns, to his prom. Her son wore three different outfits for each of his dates.

(Photo source: Instagram – Saudia Shuler @countrycookin1)

The whole community turned out to enjoy the food, music, and festivities that Shuler planned for her son. According to Shuler, she survived cancer and a stroke and her son Johnny was by her side praying devoutly for her recovery.

Yall are really pissing me off now. Are Yall serious???? I told Yall before that I don't play about my son.

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Although she is not Muslim, her son is and she wanted to honor his love and his faith with the party. Her son stated to the media, “At first I was like, it was too much, I don’t really like a lot of attention but it’s worth it. … It was epic, man. I had my family out here. That’s all I really cared about is my family being out here. My mom did her thing, she was the real MVP.”

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  • SrAgri

    The first two prom dates don’t look like their outfits conform to the rules of Islam…

  • Chris J. Malone

    The mother of this guy is quite defensive on her “y’all instagram post” – nice parental nod to polygamy or infidelity. His hand firmly planted on one of the girl’s backside. The question is about the mothers who let their daughters engage in this charade… Message:. It’s ok to be the side-chick as long as the Price is Rigjht?

  • Jessyelena Williams

    PLEASE………………………….!

  • Diane LovemesomeHim Alexander

    It’s her money and she can spend it any way she wants to. I don’t care if you all approve or disapprove of how his dates are dressed. Most of you are hating because you couldn’t even compete. Black people especially, always have negative comments about someone’s elses, money, success etc. We are our own worst enemy.

    • britishrose

      he will will be in prison and have 6 baby moma by the time he is 30, i mean use your head lady , black males are in crisis in america , single black females are studied as the bases of why the prisons are full of their sons , many in prison was dotted over by mommie and end up raping or killing a female . or inpregnateing several and running off until child support llocked them up . she will not be there when he gotta pay child support she will bail on him , nad claim she raise him right and gave him everything so why would he get all those babys ? she will be indenial , and when he refuse to work and result to the trap house instead of college only then will you and the other ignorant females in america black females wake the hell up .
      people are concerned . those young woman, add to the drama, and downfall .

      maybe he could have been a football star , thats like a camel fitting through a needle chance .

      your not gonna pay his child support bills? he dont stand a chance . you cant shower a man like this he has to know what ever rich is he has to earn it , and him sitting by her bed side was what he was suppost to do ., she birth him and made sure he ate for years .

      so he owed her that regardless of money she has .

      get your act together stop trying to see good in pure evil this boy man is pathetic .

      and i bet you this aint the first time she show cased her money

      • SrAgri

        For once, I find us agreeing on this matter.

  • Kev Mac

    I don’t hear this much criticism when Jewish children have extravagant bah mitzvahs that are sometimes twice the amount this woman spent. It’s not what I would chose to do with my money but good for her that she can to do this for her son by working hard. Her son seems to be following her example by being a good student that earning a full scholarship to college form what I’ve read in other reports.

  • Cruddy

    25K? She could have bought him a house. It would last longer and grow in value.

  • Taurean J. Cloete

    All I wanna know is who is the girl in the white gown…damn!

  • Jason

    Hey as long as mom has the money for his college education – I am all for it.