Ryan Henry is dishing dirt
Ryan Henry claimed that he was leaving Black Ink Crew and pulled the curtain down on the way out. In a series of Instagram comments, the 9Mag head and reality TV star said that he didn’t own the shop that his show takes place in, that the production company behind the show pays for everything (including the salaries of his so-called employees), and that he was hitting the road.
“Throw the whole show away. I quit anyway,” he began his talk about the successful VH1 franchise.
Henry went on to say that he feels like he’s been ousted from the store he started to make room for the show about it.
“That space ain’t mine,” he said. “[The artists] don’t work for me. They all work for BigFish Entertainment. I’m just on a show with them ppl. That’s not 9Mag no more it’s the set and cast of Black Ink Crew: Chicago.”
However, Ryan quickly walked back his comments in the light of day. According to The Shade Room, Henry said that he was drunk when he wrote his rant.
It’s not the first time that Henry has felt disillusioned with the reality TV life and his shop. A recent celebration in Chicago that featured appearances by Chance The Rapper and former president Barack Obama made him question his life choices and the way he was presenting himself to the outside world.
Henry said that he owed himself and his city a better representation in an Instagram rant:
“I started 9mag with a goal of uplifting everyone around me selflessly. Watched it go to sh*t. I started a show with the intent to grow everyone I was around and stay united forever. That died. Took on a platform of BS to change views of my city to outsiders and do natives here justice, now it’s become coonery based on failure, lies and faults. Which I want no part of further underlying emasculating of myself and other black men LEADERS as weak, abusive, disrespectful, etc, outside of humanly mistakes.”
Henry added that he was purposefully trying to distance himself from negativity and be a positive force in his community so that he could share the stage with Chi-town boosters like Chance and Obama one day. He apologized to the city of Chicago in its entirety and made an effort to set off on the good foot.
“My actions, my foundations, my time and energy donated Where it should be. This picture let’s me know I’m not doing enough for my ppl to not have even known about it let alone invited to it if I was on my sh*t. And I’m not,” he wrote underneath a photo of the Obamas and Chance. “So here I come. Salute!”
What Do You Think?
Can a reality TV star commit to changing and growing as a person? And do the cameras want him to? It seems like we’re going to find out if Henry has his way and doesn’t implode the show.
What do you think? Is Black Ink Crew: Chicago long for this world? How long can it hold up with its face so clearly conflicted on the existence of the show? Check out his posts up top and let us know what you think in the comments. And, as always, don’t forget to SHARE this article.