‘Black Ink Crew Chicago’ deals with real issues in 2nd season

Cast of Black Ink Chicago - Photo Credit: Juan Anthony
Cast of “Black Ink Crew Chicago” (Photo credit: Juan Anthony)

The cast of VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Chicago” was on a high celebrating their second season. The Old Crow Smokehouse in the River North neighborhood of Chicago was packed with cast members and supporters alike ready to celebrate one of the most popular reality shows on the VH1 network. Fans lined up outside the venue to get a glimpse of their favorite cast member. Once everyone made their way inside, the party started. The red carpet was the center of attention for a while but once the show started, all eyes were glued to the many TV screens posted around the establishment.

The second season started off as a recap of the last season that ended with stories of infidelity, new loves, and new business ventures. Ryan, the owner of 9Mag, finds himself hiring new artists for the shop because Phor is focused on his rap career, Van is in boot camp, Kat has launched her burgeoning career as an artist into the possibility of starting her own shop, Don is having paternity issues, and Charmaine is being her usual energetic self.

Chicago rapper King Louie visited 9Mag after being shot in the head and surviving. He comes to get a tattoo from Kat who he considers his guardian angel because of the owl tattoo on his head that he says protected him during the violent encounter. When speaking with Ryan, he asks for Kat and that is when Ryan discovers that Kat has set up shop in an upstairs unit that is separate from 9Mag. This is a cause for some tension.

But there was no drama or tension on the night of the premiere as cast members lined the red carpet taking pictures and laughing with each other. It was a night of celebration and an opportunity to watch these highly successful millennials deal with real-life problems.

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