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‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’ Star Charmaine Responds When a Viewer Tells Her to Fire Miss Kitty

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Charmaine struggled with her tattoo shop.

Black Ink Crew Chicago” star Charmaine was hurt after Ryan fired her from 9Mag. He made the choice to let Charmaine go after Van struggled to run the original shop. And he had been clashing with Charmaine plenty while they did work together. So the tension had already been there.

After being pushed out of 9Mag, Charmaine decided to start her own tattoo shop. So she opened 2nd City Ink. It hasn’t been smooth sailing either. She immediately had drama with her tattoo artists. In fact, two of them nearly came to blows after one of them caught feelings for one of Charmaine’s female artists.

The situation led to Charmaine having problems with the landlord of the building. And this is one of the reasons why Charmaine claims she wasn’t able to secure proper registration for the shop.

Charmaine hired Kitty to help with 2nd City Ink.

However, Charmaine was able to work things out. And Miss Kitty has been her right-hand woman. Although Charmaine’s business partner Jessica decided to leave once Kitty began to manage the shop. Charmaine was still grateful to have Kitty around.

On the midseason premiere, Charmaine did begin to have some concerns though. Kitty showed up late to the shop and Charmaine also didn’t like that the shop wasn’t clean.

So some fans of the show don’t understand why Kitty still has a job. They have made this clear on social media, too. On Instagram recently, one of the viewers told Charmaine that she should fire Kitty. And Charmaine responded.

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Amanda is a TV junkie with a passion for all things reality television. She's from Decatur, GA.



  1. Arkansas Girl

    July 13, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    I like Ms. Kitty too. Don’t fire her Mrs. Charmaine. Stay loyal. It will all work out.

    • Keke

      July 13, 2020 at 10:56 pm

      I agree also Jess did leave

    • Cheyenneheads

      July 13, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      I’m with you. DONT FIRE Ms Kitty

      • Angela Larie Rainey

        July 14, 2020 at 7:52 am

        I love Mrs. kitty she was over there with them Ratches women. All though I love Donne but Ratchet.

        • Gail Richardson

          July 14, 2020 at 10:09 am

          Miss kitty needs an attitude adjustment also Mrs Charmaine you need to le them know what their title is on the job so Miss kitty can stop saying she’s the Boss Mrs. Charmaine your the Boss ijs. But I love Mrs. CHARMAINE CONGRATULATIONS BLESSINGS to you and family ♥️

          • Stephanie Williams

            July 14, 2020 at 4:50 pm

            Buisness is business. As the owner Charmaine needs to clearly define staff roles and responsibilities. In the real world Charmaine would have informed Kitty that Jess was returning and why. This is “reality TV ” so production and editing has to make it dramatic. All three of these ladies are fierce in their own right so Kudos to them. They will make it work for the bag.

          • Greta Williams

            July 15, 2020 at 5:33 pm

            I agree with kitty have to learn how to talk to people if she want to run something she need her own spot. And she always calling other women ugly well kitty you are ugly on the inside.

          • Tanya Davis

            July 20, 2020 at 5:31 am

            First off I love the show because see our black brothers and sisters running their own business shows power! Second, I love Miss Kitty on the way she carries herself, but the only thing that I don’t like is when she is bringing the same ole drama when it come to Mr. Ryan. Ms. Kitty it looks like she is fighting with Mr. Cesar all over again and that should stop. Don’t carry old history especially when you are trying to start over in a new town. As for Ms Charmaine firing Ms. Kitty, don’t do it because when Ms. Charmaine needed Ms. Kitty, she was there to hold her and the tattoo shop down. The only thing that I didn’t like is the way how Ms. Charmaine introduce Ms. Kitty to Ms. Jessica because Ms. Jessica and Ms Charmaine both open the tattoo shop as partners and these two ladies could’ve sat down as businesswoman and discuss on how to incorporate more people into in the shop and show that women especially black women can run the world!!

        • Saundra Wilson

          July 14, 2020 at 7:27 pm

          One thing I like about Kitty is she’s loyal to those whom are loyal to her!! Even though she can’t seem to get a break from haters, she does have a strong work ethic. Charmaine needs to communicate more effectively with ALL employees to become one team. With that said, everyone would KNOW which lane to stay in. Much success!

          • Greta

            July 15, 2020 at 5:35 pm

            She is fake if she were so loyal why sleep with two homies

        • Dianna

          July 15, 2020 at 8:11 am

          I like kitty but her attitude is bad,she doesn’t talk to the people of the shop right.She acts as if she is above everyone.

      • Julia Barnes

        July 14, 2020 at 11:51 pm

        Isn’t Charmaine the owner of 2nd City Ink? So why do Jessica think she have any say in who Charmaine hires? She actually quit because Charmaine hired Kitty. That’s the same thing Van did with Ryan’s shop 9 Mag. Van act as though he had rights to Ryan’s shop. He even went as far as starting a fist fight with Ryan. I think these owners need to put their employees in check from the get go and let them know whose in charge and what their duties are.

      • Veronica Powledge

        July 15, 2020 at 1:35 am

        I Miss kitty too!! Please don’t fire her because of what other people have to say about her. She might be slacking up on some on her responsibilities. But you to to talk to her and see what’s going on with her. Tell her she needs ti do her job that’s what you hired for to help you out! Don’t get mad just tell her what’s on your mind!! Now that other chick now she your partner now she alright just be hating! They can work together. Lol ???

        • Monica

          July 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm

          All of this could have been avoided in the first place if Charmaine as a business owner sat both ladies down and effectively had defined their roles. Both ladies bring something to the table boundaries need to be set and straight communication needs to be employed. Charmaine should know better coming from a shop where there was no clear communication. Kitty has to stop thinking she’s a partner and tone down the attitude.

    • Mrs. Hopkins

      July 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm

      Mrs.Charmaine dont fire Kitty. Dont listen to the haters, they don’t like her cause she is confident and beautiful. Anything she wears looks good on her, she doesn’t have to dress up to look good. I think Jessica hates on Kitty because she was trying to be all over Ryan and he didn’t pay her attention. Ryan payed Kitty attention and that’s where Jessica is jealous at. You need to have a meeting about all of this. Kitty is beautiful. I love you Kitty.

    • Stephanie Decay

      July 15, 2020 at 5:08 pm

      Don’t fire Ms. Kitty Charmaine She seem like she’s the one for the shop

    • Evelyn

      July 16, 2020 at 2:43 am

      Kitty was there after most of her crew her wanna be partner knowing Charmaine was going thru left I couldnt understand why jess was so mad if u know ur talented and u know what u bring why not join in with another boss b-tch abd make the shop pop but nope kitty did what she didntdont fire her

    • Grayeyes23

      July 19, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Kitty and Jessica should put there different aside and do there best for the shop.They good for the shop also have a wonderful team to work with.

    • Jean08

      July 20, 2020 at 12:48 pm

      What the f-ck love have to do with it! Business is Business and bullsh-t is bullsh-t!

  2. Vickie

    July 13, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Kitty hasn’t done anything to be fired. Why do people hate her so much?

    • Arkansas Girl

      July 13, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      Exactly Ms. Vickie! I can’t figure it out. She seems to be a nice person, a hard worker. I guess grownups just like to hate. Glad I’m still a kid.

      • Countey Girl

        July 14, 2020 at 6:37 pm

        I like Kitty and wish her and Jess could get along The 3 of them together would be awesome I don’t understand why people keep coming for Kitty maybe they see something in her they don’t see in themselves

    • Laura

      July 13, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Because she’s beautiful and confident.

    • Millie C

      July 13, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      People whose hating on Mrs Kitty is deff jealous they wish they could be her they also wish they were in her shoes!! Please, Mrs Kitty is smart, beautiful, classy, and elegant and all the other h-es are jealous, Mrs Kitty is good at her job, she stays out of trouble, and don’t like to gossip and drama,RS Kitty is a glass of wine compared to a glass of liquor, Mrs Kitty you keep your head up and stomp on these haters by keep doing you, I’ve watched you on Black Once Crew and they were hating on you to besides everyone there can’t hold a candle to you or your true friendship your not fake and people hating on you on that!!!

      • Barbara B Abnet

        July 14, 2020 at 4:52 am

        I agree with you totally Miss Kitty is a beautiful person inside and out.

    • Vickie 2

      July 14, 2020 at 10:37 am

      I love Kitty too but the way she acts toward Jessica is Disrespectful as young women coming together would be Awesome? Kitty you Truly need to get it right with Jessica Welcomme back Jess?? Draya I loved your story GBU you all??

    • Vickie 2

      July 14, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      People don’t hate Kitty she just came off Disrespectful to Jessica as women the should come together and make that moneyyyy$$$ Charmaine was wrong for how she handle Kitty coming to the shop that she made a partner with Jess Charmaine was messy & she turned around and did the same thing to Kitty with Jessica returning…. Charmaine make it right you have a Great group of people I like them all??

    • Britt7220

      July 15, 2020 at 5:55 am

      Cause that’s the nature of most people.

  3. Margaret M Parker

    July 13, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    Don’t listen to these haters Charmaine. One time late does not make an employee a bad person. Kitty will be loyal to you and she is great to have around. I think people do not know how to deal with people who come direct and honest and who is not afraid to defend themselves. I believe Kitty will be more of a benefit than you think. If Jessica can get her nose out of her butt she would realize how much of a benefit Kitty will be to her as well. I thought that Jessica was also supposed to be an artist and if that is the case she will not be able to stop a tattoo to deal with a shop problem. My opinion.

    • Shaniqua Pollard

      July 14, 2020 at 5:11 pm

      Fact is was does kitty do ill wait one kitty doesn’t know how to guide an artist due to her lack of experience she was brand ambassador not a manager for cease and things got personal between them charmaine could benefit from jess more ways than one hell kit and char both were promoters not artist be clear without staff to tat who tf coming to see them for a tattoo no d-mn body

    • MX-HHR

      July 14, 2020 at 7:58 pm


  4. Natalie

    July 13, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    The main ones talking are straight hating on Ms Kitty because of Ryan when he refused to take ownership saying they were in a relationship. I think folks missed that part. I would’ve never responded to them because they’re only going by what they see on tv. As far as hiring Ms Kitty, yes I do agree that Charmaine should’ve had a meeting with Jessica first since they’re business partners if anyone is mad then be mad at Charmaine.

    • Ursula Frazier

      July 13, 2020 at 9:34 pm

      I think Charmaine should’ve talked to Jessica first! Other then that I don’t see a reason Kitty should be fired.

    • Margaret M Parker

      July 14, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      First Jessica is a partner at will. She is not contributing to the ownership and before Kitty got there, Jessica should have been making sure that all things legal that pertained to shop were done. They were not. I agree that if Jess was pissed it should have been at Charmaine. Kitty had every right standing up for herself. She was doing what Charmaine requested. You do not need to be a tattoo artist to run a tattoo shop. You need be a boss. Jessical appears to have an inferiority complex where she should not because Kitty is not there to tattoo. Kitty was not disrespectful to Jess as Vickie says. Being a Brand Manager is PR. If your PR is not up to par, your business can fail. Back up off Kitty

  5. Tiffani Young

    July 13, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    Carry On. So far I don’t see a reason to get rid of her regardless of Ryan. Constantly fighting with Jess may be another issue.

  6. Arkansas Girl

    July 13, 2020 at 8:43 pm

    Margaret Parker, your response was so good! I enjoyed reading it.

    • Vanessa

      July 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Don’t fire Kitty.. thats my girl

    • Margaret M Parker

      July 14, 2020 at 5:48 pm

      Thank you Arkansas Girl. Be safe — Be Blessed.

  7. Latrice

    July 13, 2020 at 10:19 pm

    Ms Kitty don’t need to be fired. She is a loyal friend and she’s about bringing the shop to another level. She’s REAL and she’s sticks up for herself. Now Jess is jealous but she need to think about the SHOP.

  8. Tcurt Bish

    July 13, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    I dont understand why ppl r hatin on Kitty.. She do her job, was late once, missed a few phone calls who da h-ll dont..Yall mad bcuz she didnt put up with Ceaser disrespectful a-s n left NY. Now yall mad bcuz she didnt tell yall who she was givin her kitty 2 n want her 2 get fired..Grow da f-ck up n getva life..

  9. lynnette carson

    July 14, 2020 at 12:13 am

    The way Charmai e brought ms kitty in was backwards. She should be brand ambassador if charmaine is putting love before business. She is setting herself up for failure and it won’t last in the long run. Give Jess her job back. If she can’t bring herself to fire her keep her as the brand ambassador.

  10. Lillian

    July 14, 2020 at 1:10 am

    I am not a fan of Ms Kitty. She carry herself like she is better than everyone else, she has no loyalty. I really dont know what she brought to Black Ink New York. What people fail to understand is that Charmainev is not an artist or licensed and neither is Ms Kitty. You cant have unlicensed bartenders running a bar without an overseer. This is no difference. No hater here.

    • Abby

      July 14, 2020 at 11:41 am

      How does she carry herself like she’s better than anyone else? Because she’s confident and have standards? I’ve never heard her say that so you’re just talking just to talk. The problem is you guys are so used to seeing insecure females with low self esteem that when you finally see a beautiful confident woman, ya’ll dont know how to take it call it a bad attitude smh. And there are plenty of people who started businesses and started great careers without experience or a college degree so what’s the difference? You have to learn from somewhere. Kitty is assertive amdbtgat will get you much further in life than just being passive like ya’ll want her to be

      • Margaret M Parker

        July 14, 2020 at 5:56 pm

        Amen to that. LeBron James hired “His Boys” as he called them who had no experience or education that that field to be his Brand Ambassadors and Agent, Look how rich they all are. Kitty did not do a bad job with
        Cease even before they had a relationship. Kitty is in fact, a smart, good looking and proud woman.

  11. Tonya Lott

    July 14, 2020 at 3:43 am

    What is Ms Kitty Job? Everybody is not hating..I dont like Kitty..I like Jess everybody people perference is different…no reason to hate…you can be smart and pretty but your attitude can make you look so ugly..

    • Abby

      July 14, 2020 at 11:07 am

      And what’s wrong with her attitude? So she’s not allowed to be confident and set standards for herself? She dont get in unnecessary fights, she dont talk sh-t about anybody, she’s not mean to anyone, she’s not stuck up etc… so what’s wrong with her attitude? And yes women usually are hating cause most of them have low self esteem so when they see a beautiful confident woman they feel threatened so they start saying mean thing to make themselves feel better

  12. Ctelle

    July 14, 2020 at 5:34 am

    In just looking at these replies you can tell non business owners anyone coming into a business needs to bring value she is the brand ambassador not raising the brand. You dont keep people on the payroll just because you are friends.

    • Gloria Mills

      July 14, 2020 at 11:01 am

      I dont agree with people.wants kitty fired thats a plot from the New York haters she is a hood fit for the business and she said anything charmaine wants she will be there u both loss ur mother’s and with time u noth will be sisters fo not let no 1 tell u what to do it is all about jealousy coming from a woman in business god fobit something happens to jess and she has to go to England look beyond an experience business woman who can give u and advice

  13. Truthin2020

    July 14, 2020 at 10:51 am

    If anybody should go it should be Star. How are you going to walk into work nonchalant & late but then start begging for your job? Cancel her quick! Charmaine needs to facilitate an intervention between Kitty & Jess. She’s the BOSS!

  14. Abby

    July 14, 2020 at 11:26 am

    Um there’s nothing wrong with hiring a friend as long as they work hard. And sometimes you need loyal people around who you can trust not to leave you when things get hard. Look how quick jess was to leave charmaine. If kitty wasn’t around that shop would’ve been in chaos. Besides the one time she was late, she’s actually been doing a great job. When jess was there they were just partying and fighting as always. I haven’t seen one fight since kitty’s been. Ya’ll dont like kitty so ya’ll will say anything to discredit her smh

  15. Dianne Bond

    July 14, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Charmaine d-mn these haters! They are so jealous of Ms. Kitty! Ms. Kitty is a loyal friend to you and you know this. Loyalty is the ultimate testimony to a TRUE FRIEND. I think Ms. Kitty was late that day because she was gievimg over Bryan. D-mn Bryan too! He is an A-S! Jess needs to go back to where she came from as she is not a good fit at all! Thanks for being loyal to Kitty Charmaine!

  16. Jay B

    July 14, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Let’s be REAL… Jess been hating on Kitty since she got there and it was cause chrmaine didn’t tell her Kitty was coming to work for them which I kinda get it HOWEVER she should of took that out on Chrmaine instead of Kitty. Then to really think Kitty was just gonna let them bully her cause they didnt like the moves Chrmaine made was where they messed up. Kitty always been known for her sassy yet elegant attitude we also know she dont take no sh-t !! They should of known better & Jess should have kept her a-s in London. Not to mention Chr felt like she didnt really need to talk to Jess because Jess isnt on no paperwork fr as far as the shop goes, that’s all chr work. Maybe she should of been focused on that lease instead of getting drunk and being dippy . We see enough of that in NY over at 113th .

  17. Bre bre

    July 14, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    I think Miss Kitty should be fired she’s bougie ghetto

  18. Bizzy B

    July 14, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Charmaine will regret this. Kitty sleeping with Don as revenge for Ryan dissin her & she wants Charmaine #1 spot. Smile in her face & sleep with Neek next. U see……WATCH!!

  19. Monique Rockeymore

    July 16, 2020 at 1:31 am

    Talk to Kitty and find out whats going on with her people are so quick to judge you two have alot in common both of yall lost yall mothers and still havent really got a chance to properly grieve then you got the haters who claimed to be your friends starting unnecessary bs over business that dont pay them so yes that can knock you off your game and put you in another head space find out whats going on with her let her know shes off her game then see if she needs help or time to get herself together but also let her know what you expect of her cause im sure shes not consciously falling off a little sit down will give you a clear understanding and make her aware of her actions.

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