Black Ink Crew Chicago’s Ryan Henry: I represent myself like a coon on reality TV.

Black Ink Crew Chicago's Ryan Henry: I represent myself like a coon on reality TV.

Ryan Henry

Ryan Henry: I represent myself like a coon on reality TV.

Reality star Ryan Henry is having a change of heart about his behavior not only on reality TV, but also his lack of contributions to his hometown of Chicago. Ryan stars on VH1’s reality show, Black Ink Crew: Chicago. This week, he posted a lengthy message on social media, admitting that he acts like a coon on TV and is disappointed with himself. His comments were triggered by a recent event that took place with Chance the Rapper and the Obama’s. Posting a photo from the event, Ryan writes:

Yesterday… Please don’t confuse what I feel personally with what you feel as a whole. I owe my city more. For that I apologize. My goals to interact with the youth, the homeless, the less fortunate, and the aspiring artists, I owe them/you all more.

He continued,


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I started 9mag with a goal of uplifting everyone around me selflessly. Watched it go to shit. 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. Purposed doings with intent. So I apologize. And I will do better. My actions, my foundations, my time and energy donated Where it should be. This pictute 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 shit. And I’m not. So here I come. Salute!

Black Ink Crew Chicago's Ryan Henry: I represent myself like a coon on reality TV.

Does that mean Ryan’s quitting the show? 

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Authored by: Kellie Williams