Who is Candace Owens?
Candace Owens is an American conservative political activist and commentator. She is best recognised for her pro-Trump commentary and critical stance on the Democratic Party and the international activist movement ‘Black Lives Matter (BLM) that originated in the African-American community and campaigns against systemic racism and violence on black people. She promotes black conservatism and founded a website and YouTube channel ‘Red Pill Black’ for promoting the political and social movement in the US. She served as CEO of ‘Degree180’ and launched an anti-cyber bullying website called SocialAutopsy.com, which was however not created finally. She has served the American conservative non-profit organization Turning Point USA for some time between 2017 and 2019. She was inducted in the organisation as director of urban engagement and later served as its Communications Director. She launched the Blexit movement to convince African Americans to leave the Democratic Party and register as Republicans. She appeared on different fringe conspiracy websites, like InfoWars, however disassociated herself from such far-right conspiracy websites after gaining mainstream success. She hosts the Candace Owens Hour program on the American non-profit organization PragerU’s YouTube channel.
Childhood & Early Life
Candace Owens was born on April 29, 1989, in Stamford, Connecticut, US. There is not much information available on family background, parents and early life of Candace except that she was brought up by her grandparents in Stamford, Connecticut following divorce of her parents. She is of African-American ethnicity.
She studied at Stamford High School and completed her graduation from there. While she was attending high school, in 2007, threatening racist phone calls were made to her. Such calls were traced to a car boarded by the then Mayor Dannel Malloy’s 14-year-old son. Her family then dragged the Stamford Board of Education to federal court accusing that rights of Candace were not protected by the city, resulting in a $37,500 settlement.
Candace enrolled at University of Rhode Island to undergo an undergraduate degree in journalism, however dropped out after her junior year.
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Initial career of the diva saw her working with Vogue magazine for some time. Starting from 2012, she worked in a private equity firm as an administrative assistant.
She served as CEO of the now defunct marketing agency called ‘Degree180’ in 2015. Its website had a blog that often featured anti-conservative and anti-Trump content. It included a column penned down by Candace that year criticizing the conservative Republicans.
In 2016, she launched an anti-cyber bullying website called SocialAutopsy.com that would expose Internet bullies by tracing their digital footprint. She sought crowd funding for the website through Kickstarter. However such initiative of Candace soon became controversial garnering criticism that she was doxing Internet users and breaching their privacy. The website was condemned by both progressives and conservatives who were involved in the Gamergate controversy. In a turn of events Candace finally gained support of conservatives involved in the Gamergate controversy and eventually became a conservative. The website was not created finally with Kickstarter suspending its funding.
Prior to 2015, Candace mentioned that she was not interested in politics. Although initially she identified herself as liberal, she started elucidating herself as a conservative Trump supporter in 2017. Eventually she was recognised in the conservative circles for her commentary favouring Donald Trump as also for censuring liberal rhetoric on subjects like identity politics, systemic inequality and structural racism. She is also known for her criticism of BLM.
In 2017, she started uploading videos on YouTube that were politically themed. She then founded a website and YouTube channel ‘Red Pill Black’ in pursuit of promoting black conservatism in the US.
Her appointment as director of urban engagement of Turning Point USA was announced by founder of the organization, Charlie Kirk, at the MAGA Rally and Expo in Rockford, Illinois on November 21, 2017. Such induction of Candace in the organisation happened after Turning Point faced allegations of racism. Candace later declared her departure from the organisation as Communications Director in May 2019.
Meanwhile a tweet of Kanye West made in April 2018 where he mentioned that he loves the way Candace thinks attracted derision from some fans of West. The following month President Donald Trump made a statement saying that Candace who represents an ever increasing group of very smart 'thinkers' is making a big impact on politics in the US.
She got into a conflict with American showbiz personality Sarah Silverman when the latter scorned her over her comment made in May 2018 that she linked to the Twitter handles of Silverman, Kathy Griffin and Chelsea Handler. Candace said that "something bio-chemically happens" to those ladies who do not marry or have children and that these three women were "evidentiary support" of this theory.
She featured as guest host on Fox News in 2018. Following her mainstream success, Candace who earlier featured on fringe conspiracy websites, like InfoWars, disassociated herself from such far-right conspiracy websites. She however refrained from censuring InfoWars or its hosts.
The Blexit movement, a campaign to convince African Americans to abandon the Democratic Party and register as Republicans was launched by Candace in October 2018. She recalled that the word Blexit, a linguistic blend of the words ‘black’ and ‘exit’, formed almost by accident. The term Blexit mimics the word Brexit used to describe withdrawal of UK from the European Union.
Blexit made headlines after Candace said that Kanye West helped her design the logo of the campaign. She said that West saw her original design of the logo and later redesigned it with vibrant colours inspired by his Uganda trip. However Candace’s claim of West designing merchandise for the movement was denied by the latter who also said that he never wanted any association with Blexit and have been used to spread messages that he don't believe in.
Candace is the host of the Candace Owens Hour program that feature on YouTube channel of PragerU. The non-profit organisation develops videos on different economic, political and philosophical subjects from a conservative or right-wing point of view.
Family & Personal Life
Candace got married to George Farmer on September 1, 2019. He is the son of British businessman and life peer in the House of Lords, who served as treasurer of the Conservative Party.
She was influenced by the works of Thomas Sowell, Ben Carson, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Ann Coulter.