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Charmaine Gives An Update After Departing ‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’

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“Black Ink Crew Chicago” became too much for Charmaine.

Charmaine didn’t think she’d have to walk away from “Black Ink Crew Chicago.” However, she felt like she didn’t have a choice due to the latest season. On the show, Charmaine clashed with Miss Kitty over 2nd City Ink. She would later tell her social media followers that Kitty never actually worked at her shop. And Kitty’s involvement was just for television. But what was the last straw for her was when Draya accused her of colorism.

At a tattoo convention, Draya and Charmaine clashed. As things began to amp up, Charmaine told Draya that she didn’t want to argue in front of the people who attended the convention. And if Draya wanted to be loud and ghetto, she would not continue the conversation.

In a green screen interview, Draya got emotional and said what Charmaine said to her was colorist. And she believed black women need to be protected.

For Charmaine, she was shocked to see Draya’s interview. After she talked to the producers about her concerns about the narrative, she realized that things could actually get worse if she remained on the show. So she decided it was time to leave. And even conversations about producers being willing to pay her more didn’t convince her to stick around.

Since leaving the show, Charmaine has been focused on her radio job. Plus, she and Neek have a successful business (Bey Moss) that has already made over a million dollars in revenue. Charmaine has also cleared out 2nd City Ink of all television personalities and she’s been happy with the artists representing her brand.

Interestingly enough, Charmaine recently took to Twitter to confirm that she’s in a better place mentally and emotionally since walking away.

She tweeted, “I’m back and I’m better now that I’m not a part of the ???? show. My mental health is so much better. Wouldn’t trade this feeling for the world or a bag.”

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



  1. Kellz

    May 4, 2022 at 4:32 pm

    ???? She started most of her own drama…. I don’t watch the show anymore and haven’t for awhile but she was always in the middle or the cause of a lot of the drama surrounding her. Her husband is Corny and Enables her. I was never a fan of hers….

    • Son_Of_Dad

      September 13, 2022 at 10:18 pm

      Agreed. She was screwing Don, always had her behind in the air and even accused Lily of racism, which was pure BS. They used that whole nonsense for a plotline. I like Charmaine (for the show), but at this point she serves no purpose and her leaving was for the best.

  2. Porsha

    May 4, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    These reality shows are only supposed to be temporary hustles until you can have something much better. I’m happy Charmaine could afford to leave. It’s sad that these people have to be messy in order for fans to be entertained. Then those same fans hate them for just doing their jobs. Reality television isn’t worth it anymore.

  3. Troy

    May 4, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Oh please. She was a drama magnet & never took ownership of her actions. She can kick rocks.

  4. octlibra

    May 5, 2022 at 10:24 am

    I never really liked Charmaine. I felt that she was an immature attention whore. Coming to work with her boobs out, as* out, messing with co-workers, etc.
    Neek gets on my nerves too. Not knowing anything, he simply inserts himself trying to speak for Charmaine. I kinda get it but this sh-t was waaay before him.
    I’m happy they’re doing well. Those kids grew her up.

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