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Why Charles Wade of Black Lives Matter’s pimping charge is heartbreaking

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Photo Credit: Charles Wade mugshot and

Charles Curtis Wade has gained notoriety, not so much because he’s worked for the sister of the baddest babe in hip-hop and RnB (and #Lemonade poster girl), as Solange Knowles’ stylist and was voted number 40 on the Root’s 100 for 2015 list. But more so because he’s one of the founding fathers of the highly-targeted and often-touted Black Lives Matter movement. This leader of the new movement has gotten his leash tangled up in some -ish involving a teenaged girl. Brother, brother.

When this writer saw those provocative and pornographic pics on, a popular online destination for pimps, prostitutes and johns, my heart raced. It’s undeniable this Caucasian teen was selling more than Girl Scout cookies.

I ABHOR child sex trafficking, exploitation and pimping. Her pimp deserves to be buried alive underneath the jail, without fail.

On Wednesday, May 18, the 33-year old activist took to social media, Twitter, to share his side of the story.

Wade says he was approached to help the “20-year-old” who “kicked” a drug habit and needed shelter and was awaiting a package from her grandmother. He says that he placed her in a hotel using reward points. Sound legit.

While he was at a store, Wade says that the girl was arrested and accused of prostitution. He was subsequently “arrested as I was walking to a store on about a half dozen charges related to her activities and arrest.” He was bonded out of jail.

“Hindsight is 20/20 and in my desire to help her as she was displaced, I did not protect myself.”  He added, “I am confident that I will be cleared of the charges I am currently facing.”

Bottomline is the BLM movement and Operation Help or Hush, an organization he also co-founded, have taken an unnecessary punch in their community service and activism gut. There is a sensitivity in the world regarding trafficking. The minute one is accused, suspicion is raised. On the other hand, it’s foul to falsely accuse someone of trafficking just as much as it is to falsely accuse one of rape. You can’t erase the collateral damage. Perception becomes reality for many in the court of public opinion. We must not be cavalier about the facts.

Wade was arrested on April 25, 2016 in Maryland and now faces seven counts, including felonies, relating to human trafficking and prostitution.

Charles Wade’s next hearing date is scheduled in the District Court of Prince Georges County, Maryland for June 3, which will hopefully be a day of redemption and reckoning so he can dedicate 100 percent back to the business of taking social media activism to the streets for social good.

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  1. Guest on May 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Knowing how much the police hate the BLM movement I’m going to have to hear more details before I’m inclined to believe he was actually pimping. Sounds like a set up.

    • katchief on May 21, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Let’s walk through this set up theory. There’s no dispute on the prostitution or that he provided the hotel room. So the “set up” was this girl sought him out believing he’d set her up in a room where she could prostitute herself then turn him in for trafficking a minor. Sounds plausible.

  2. D. Hein on May 22, 2016 at 12:02 am

    So, what about his prior arrests in January in Miami for 3rd degree grand theft and for making false statements in Texas in August 2014? I suppose he’s a victim there too. They’ve always got a story.

  3. Progressive Republican on May 22, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Rather reminiscent of the ACORN Screw Job.

  4. Michael James Harris on May 22, 2016 at 4:50 am

    These are the only comments?

    I’m kind of surprised that no one has gone after the author. You are obviously a Kool-Aid drinker on multiple levels. This guy deserves zero tolerance at this point. How can you consider yourself a journalist, or do you not, with this kind of pandering and ill-informed information? Obviously you have some intelligence to have used the English language to form these thoughts into sentences. Do you also understand that you have a decision to make as to whether you use this intelligence to ACTUALLY further YOUR standing in life (money, jobs, opportunities)? You can either write informative, important, mind blowing reports on the state of affairs/how you see the world; or you can write the same thing a million other people can express through newer mediums leaving yourself in the dust.
    You have a decision to make on an existential level which actually is no concern of any of ours. I’m not paying your salary and as much as your boss wants you to think other people are… they aren’t. You’re in this for yourself and you must decide what is actually progressive for your SELF or what’s going to leave you stuck in the moment that you posted one ill-informed, not Beyonce and JZ popular, post.
    Like I said, other than in this moment, I won’t give two shits about who your are or what you do.
    I just hope that I can reach one human being who is conscious enough to manipulate words so that they can express a view point. I hope you ACTUALLY make it about yourSelf and not what you think will sell.

  5. Skeptical_of_Everything on May 22, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I find his version of events highly implausible. He just randomly met a teenager and decided to rent her a hotel room to stay in? Apparently this community activist doesn’t know of any shelters?

    • Juliette Iacovino on May 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      It’s how he and his partner operate operation help or hush, their nonprofit. He has done this countless times for other people in need. He was connected with her through other people. It’s extremely plausible. In fact, it’s almost certainly what happened.

  6. Jason on June 1, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Leaders of various “Black” centered movements have always been subject to being setup and even murdered by the government. Why do some of you act as if you just arrived on this planet? Is there anything that the media can tell Black folks that they won’t swallow down like goldfish?