Shaun King-Gate? Did Black Lives Matter Activist Lie to Oprah?
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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As with any hotbed topic of the week, Twitter users have jumped on the latest side-eye worthy topic, making it a popular trending topic in major markets. Today, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King took centerstage, with reports that his claims of being biracial are false and that he is, indeed, born of white parents.

Adding more fuel to the fire are allegations that he falsely claimed to be black to get an Oprah Winfrey scholarship to attend Morehouse College.

According to The Daily Beast, public records reveal that King’s father, Jeffrey King, is white. King, who reportedly has said his mother is white and father is African American, tweeted that he “did not concoct a lie.” He added, “If you have known me from when I was in elementary school at Huntertown Elementary until now, you’ve known me as black or bi-racial.”




Twitter users have had mixed reactions, from support to shock to snarky disbelief:







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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.