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Charmaine Bey’s Role on ‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’ Will Be Reduced Next Season

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Neek Bey says Charmaine Bey will film fewer scenes moving forward.

Charmaine Bey is no stranger to controversial moments on “Black Ink Crew Chicago.” However, she’s not happy to deal with the adversity while being pregnant and mourning her father’s death. She’s on bad terms with Miss Kitty after they disagreed on how to run 2nd City Ink. And she’s lost multiple tattoo artists, including Draya Penzo and Prince. So she’s been receiving a lot of backlash from fans on social media. Her husband Neek Bey has been getting called out as well.

At this point, Charmaine is ready to make some changes. And she plans to take a step back from the show. According to Neek, she won’t be filming that many scenes next season. She’ll also be showing a lot less of her family life, too. He shared this while responding to an Instagram user who said things can’t be blamed on editing.

In response, Neek wrote, “No you missed the point. They’re showing her reactions but not showing why. That’s why ppl like you are seeing one side. The only way to respond is to not participate with the show as much which is what Char will be doing moving forward. Me and my kids will never appear on that show ever again. They could offer the world and we would not take it ??‍♂️  #MOVINGON.”

Neek Bey has something to say about the show’s editing.

He had some things to say about Draya and Kitty to another Instagram user.

“Kitty is/was never a real friend ?  only thing she cares about is black ink. When we film, she flys into Chicago and lives in an apartment VH1 pays for. When the show’s over, she flys out. She never worked at the shop literally ever. Like not one day this entire time she’s ever worked in that shop ?  ?  ?. ”

Neek added, “Same for Draya. She’s not a real artist in the shop, she only comes when it’s time to film and fly out when it’s not. Lives in an apartment paid by production. Char deserves an apology. Luckily, we don’t need it. We’ve moved on and we’re doing 100x better with or without them or VH1.”

He also said that in real life, Charmaine’s shop is “booming.” She has 10 artists who weren’t hired by producers and actually work at the shop. Plus, their BeyMoss business brought in $2 million in sales. And when it comes to Prince, he told a critic that Prince allegedly trashed 2nd City Ink on the day Charmaine buried her father.

“Prince got fired cause he refused to pay rent. VH1 didn’t show that. And he also got fired for bringing Draya into her shop and trashed the shop – on the day she was burying her father. They didn’t show that either. You don’t really know what’s really going on behind the scenes. How you feel is not valid. ??‍♂️ ”

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



  1. Gretta

    November 24, 2021 at 8:21 am

    Wait people think this show is real STILL? Even with all the obvious voiceovers and ridiculous storylines?! ?

  2. Michelle

    November 24, 2021 at 8:26 am

    It’s pretty obvious that this has become a scripted reality show. Charmaine’s storyline this season was Ryan’s storyline years ago. Kitty will be the next one to “open a tattoo shop” and be edited as an inexperienced boss who’s in way over her head. This show needs to be totally revamped or canceled.

  3. Valerie

    November 24, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I don’t know why these people remain on a show that makes them look horrible. Kitty stayed even after producers made her seem like a woman who sleeps around to progress professionally. Tati stayed after she was made to seem like a drug addict. Walt stayed after he was made out to be a thief and deadbeat father. Now Charmaine is some negligent business owner and demon while she’s grieving her parents. Dutchess was right about this show. People have to leave this show to thrive.

  4. Fashionista

    November 24, 2021 at 8:40 am

    This is why I’m not pressed to watch or bash any of these people. It’s been fake for years. Black Ink is nothing more than a bootleg soap opera at this point.

  5. anonymous

    November 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    @Gretta, yes they think this show is real. And I pity them.

  6. Natalie

    November 24, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Charmaine signed up for ALL of it so Neek needs to step back and really think on this.
    Charmaine has failed at being a boss. MRyan is acting like he’s helping her but I think he’s laughing at her. I know I have.
    Calling Prince a b*tch was straight disrespect and emasculating.
    She needs a real time out like FIRED!

  7. Queen

    November 24, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I honestly thought things would improve after Big Fish was fired but it’s the same mess unfortunately. There’s no need for a reality show if it’s not going to show everyone’s realities.

  8. The Truth

    November 24, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Charmaine should just leave the show then all these fake mad people who hate her now will be asking for her to return like they’ve done everyone else they thought they wanted fired (Dutchess, Sky, Lily, Kat, Van, etc). These fans are fickle and delayed. They will hate Kitty again next season because they only think how producers want them to. It’s crazy to think you signed up for a reality show and then your real life isn’t good enough to be your actual storyline so producers create a narrative that still doesn’t improve sinking ratings. Bravo is all we have left honestly. VH1 is spiraling.

  9. Pat

    November 24, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I want her to leave so someone else will be the villain next season. I can’t wait for it to be Kitty so her fans will be crying and throwing up about how awful producers are treating her again. Funny they didn’t say she signed up for it when the storyline was her sleeping her way to the top two seasons ago. It was all “protect black women” then though. Hypocrites.

  10. Miss Morgan

    November 24, 2021 at 8:58 am

    I am not outraged for Prince. Trashing your place of work, not paying booth rent, and not supporting your pregnant girlfriend is b*tch behavior scripted or not. Charmaine should move on from this show. Unlike others, she has other jobs and sources of income that VH1 isn’t supplying.

  11. Oprah’s Wig

    November 24, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I respect Charmaine because she was the only one who had the courage to call out Lily and the producers when she was going around calling her black cast mates the N word. But Charmaine needs to understand that she’s outgrown this show. She’s a wife and mother now. So participating in fake drama for a check isn’t what she should be doing anymore. Kat left and she’s flourishing. So is Dutchess. A radio job and a $2 million dollar business could flourish even more if she quit this tired show. No one is even watching Black Ink like that. Let the thirsty people on the show have it. It’s time for Charmaine to evolve.

  12. Anon

    November 24, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I think I’ve seen Kat, Don, Ryan, Kitty, Van, and Charmaine all make the same complaints Neek made here. Production has created a toxic work environment by not allowing these people to share their real stories. And if they aren’t in a good mental space, being dragged online for fake storylines they are forced to go along with can be damaging to their mental health. VH1 needs to do better. They have ruined this show.

  13. Mary Whales

    November 24, 2021 at 9:33 am

    I think this will be my last season watching both Black Inks, I’m tired of the way women are portrait on these shows. They’re either h-es or b-tches or both and being a black woman who is neither I’m just tired. I would rather watch something that’s entertaining rather than watching shows that don’t show women empowering each other and men standing up for them. Just waiting for the reunion which I already know is going to be a HOT MESS!!! I thought it would get better and the people who are on this would stand up for themselves, I see the men don’t go through this for long, why not the women too.

  14. Shannon

    November 24, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I refuse to tear down Charmaine knowing what she’s going through and I think it’s sick that the production company set up this storyline while she was grieving her parents. It also sucks that the other women on the show were told to go along with this to keep their jobs. This whole
    cast deserves better. The producers are the only people who need to be dragged right now.

  15. Me

    November 24, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Charmaine and Neek need to stop responding to the negative comments. They care too much about what strangers who believe a fake a-s show think. They should quit this show and focus on their family and businesses. This platform is meant to entertain by destroying the people on it. I’ll never forget how they did Sky. They exploited her trauma, used her for ratings, then dumped her. Not once did they pay for her and her sons to get the therapy they needed.

  16. anon anon anon

    November 24, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Does anyone remember the time Kitty went live and said that she never actually dated Ceaser and it was just a storyline? I know I can’t be the only person who remembers that? She should have left a long time ago because it’s s-xist as h-ll for producers to tell a woman to fake dating and sleeping with a man and then turn the storyline into her sleeping her way to a promotion. It’s really easy to think Charmaine is the problem when you don’t know the history behind the scenes.

  17. Moliscious624

    November 24, 2021 at 12:13 pm

    YES!! Take Charmaine from the show periodt!! Neek isn’t a real man I see. He’s doing too much talking to females in those comments on Insta. Where was that energy to Van, Phor,, and Don when that rumor was going on about your wife?? I see the real beyond the editing.. I’M glad we won’t have to see them anymore. Keep with the Sea Moss.

  18. True

    November 24, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    VH1 thinks very little of black people and quite a few of you do exactly what they expect y’all to – tear down a black couple because of editing. Black people need to get it together. Use your brains. Y’all are really out here dragging a pregnant black woman who just lost her parents over a fake storyline or two. I can’t stand y’all.

  19. Debra

    November 24, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    I’m sure it’s the corny a-s Kitty stans harassing Charmaine and her husband. They’re the only ones who have that kind of time on their hands. Weirdos.

  20. Whatever

    November 24, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    I question your IQ if you think Black Ink is real and dislike any of these people because of what they do on a scripted show. Some of y’all need therapy and common sense. And I wish Neek didn’t respond to idiots because they aren’t worth engaging. This show doesn’t even pull 1 million viewers anymore.

  21. ??‍♀️

    November 24, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    If we’re being honest, a lot of Americans are stupid. They believe everything they read and see. And if a producer wants them to see someone a certain way, they will go right along with it. Then you add in those who have low self esteem and live vicariously through a cast member because she’s pretty. That’s the Black Ink Crew fan base in a nutshell. Love & Hip Hop is the same way. These networks take advantage of how much people refuse to think for themselves and they make bank from it.

  22. Huh

    November 24, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Why isn’t this show about tattoos? Why is everything on here fake? Why are Kitty and Charmaine even there when they don’t tattoo or contribute anything of substance to the franchise? These shows went downhill when those who don’t even tattoo became the stars.

  23. Old School

    November 24, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Michelle you are spot on. Kitty is the next one who will open a tattoo shop that the producers actually pay for. When Charmaine won’t be there for everyone to fight with, Kitty will become the bad guy. Wash, rinse, and repeat. Fans are too busy taking sides to see how horrible and predictable this show is now.

  24. Ms. Jackson

    November 24, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Nah she doesn’t need to cut down her scenes, she needs to leave the show completely. They tried the f-ck out of her while her father was dying and she was pregnant. Ain’t no coming back from that. These producers don’t respect Charmaine or her family. So why stay on the show?

  25. Lauren

    November 24, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    I’ll continue to like Kitty and Charmaine and hope they can both receive better portrayals on this show. Black women get it the worst on this particular platform and are made villains way too often.

  26. Diva

    November 24, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    You definitely need to check yourself if you’re taking these shows so seriously that you’re going to someone IG’s page to drag them about scenes on a show. This is what I’ve talked about on here multiple times. Some people do way too much and it’s never that serious. Get a life and leave these people alone. How dare y’all pull the “he shouldn’t be arguing with women” card on Neek when these same women don’t care about dragging another woman while she’s pregnant. The audacity of doing this when y’all know that black women have the highest maternal mortality rate. This kind of stress can kill Charmaine and her baby. I hope Charmaine does leave because some of y’all really weren’t raised right and can’t handle watching TV without acting a fool in real life.

  27. WhatWhat

    November 24, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    The show may be fake but none of these people Charmaine got into it with are perfect and innocent. There’s blame to go around. People were just h-ll bent on dragging Charmaine and their commitment to bashing her while she’s pregnant and just lost her parents doesn’t go unnoticed for me. Just like it didn’t go unnoticed how Kitty was treated after her mom died. These producers and this fan base are toxic as h-ll.

  28. Elizabeth

    November 24, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Stay on a reality show long enough and eventually you’ll become the villain. Charmaine will be fine because she is tough enough to prosper with or without this show. I wish her the best during her pregnancy.

  29. Kokeda Griffin

    November 26, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Oh please Charmaine and Neek. Your mad disrespectful and you think people owe you something hey I was taught if you want respect you have to give it ? ? ? come on grow the hell up and own your bs.Grow from it and move on. Everyone is pointing ? ? ? ? blame and making excuses. It doesn’t give you the right to treat people wrong when your going through something.And I don’t care if that’s your friend that’s his girl and you should have mind your business. Just saying you wouldn’t like if someone got your relationship ???

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