Lynette Hardaway, of Diamond and Silk, Dies at 51

The sisters drew intense criticism as their prominence rose.

Bree Newsome, an artist and activist, described the sisters in 2018 as “a modern-day minstrel present” geared toward “white conservatives who wish to imagine Trump can’t be racist or they themselves can’t be racist as a result of there are these two Black ladies named Diamond and Silk who’re continuously rooting for Trump.”

The sisters roundly rejected such assaults.

“Whereas a few of our supporters could also be stunned to see two American (Black) ladies voicing their opinions about these points, it’s not a racial or cultural factor,” they wrote on their web site. “It’s about doing the best factor in relation to ‘We the American Folks!’ We’re simply two Black chicks, who’s down with politics. We aren’t robotic speaking heads; we’re truth-tellers!”

Ms. Hardaway was born on Nov. 25, 1971 and grew up in Detroit, the second oldest of six kids (Ms. Richardson was the oldest), in line with their e book, “Rebellion: Who the Hell Mentioned You Can’t Ditch and Swap? The Awakening of Diamond and Silk.” Their father labored in a bread manufacturing unit after they had been younger and their mom was a homemaker who later turned a pastor in North Carolina.

An entire record of Ms. Hardaway’s survivors was not instantly out there.

In 2018, Republicans summoned the sisters to testify earlier than the Home Judiciary Committee after they acquired a word from Fb that mentioned the corporate had deemed their web page to be “unsafe to the group.” The sisters mentioned the word, together with a decline in visitors to their web page, was proof that Fb had an anticonservative bias.

“Fb censored us for six months,” Ms. Hardaway mentioned on the listening to, throughout which she regularly sparred with Democratic members of Congress and located help amongst Republican members.

Fb mentioned the sisters’ web page had been flagged on account of a communication downside, not partisan bias. Any dip in visitors, the corporate mentioned, was brought on by new insurance policies that confirmed customers extra posts from pals and fewer from public pages.

In April 2020, The Each day Beast reported that Fox Information, which had paid Diamond and Silk to supply weekly movies for Fox Nation, had minimize ties with the sisters after they promoted conspiracy theories and misinformation in regards to the coronavirus.