One of the worst parts about running a website is deciding when to post a rumor and when not to post a rumor. For silly things, like who is sleeping around for a lease on a Bentley to drive on a reality show, a blind item does the trick. But some rumors are serious.
The Internet is knows for starting rumors that someone has died. When Prince died, I got a lot of flack for putting the information up before TMZ, because no one wanted to believe it. I continue to be a huge Prince fan, and unfortunately I had seen sufficient information to know it was true. I rushed to put it up, not to be first to share the terrible news, but because I personally needed someone to grieve with. I was devastated.
On Monday, one of my favorite RHOA sources, who I trust told me that Antwon Jackon, Wendy Williams hair stylist and “wigologist” had passed away. I believe I was told he died on Sunday morning. I investigated the source of the rumor and found it not to be one I would find credible enough to report a death. As more and more sites posted about the death, I continued to hold out hope that it was an Internet hoax, because there was no legitimate news outlet reporting the news.
I fell asleep again yesterday around 6 pm and woke up to the news being confirmed by Wendy Williams on her Instagram.
It is with a heavy heart that I share with all of you the death of Antwon Jackson, my wigologist. He was an Emmy winning stylist and so much more. He was my friend. He had the biggest heart and was a pleasure to work with. I will forever be thankful for your friendship and love, Antwon. Thank you for the laughter you brought into my life and your sweet smile that always brightened my day. May you rest in peace.
My heart goes out to Wendy. She has been through a lot lately. The black media dragged her over a comment that she made on her program toward the end of last season regarding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). I felt like her comments were taken out of context. Basically what she said was, she is not sure how she would feel if the shoe was on the other foot. That is, if she were a race other than black. The current state of racial tension in America was extremely high because the Dallas police shooting had just occurred following unjustified and illegal murders of multiple black men at the hands of white police officers. This caused her comment to receive a lot of scrutiny and rain of hatred came down on Wendy. She was accused of not knowing why HBCUs exist. She was accused of not understanding the decades of fighting for segregated educational systems. She was accused of not being “black enough” due to her middle class upbringing and access to quality education. She was accused of denouncing the NAACP. She was traumatized. She allowed her biggest critic Roland Martin to come on her show and “educate” her about her comments. She lost a huge ad campaign with a major automobile manufacturer.
At the end of the season a large number of her staff was fired without any warning. It’s been an extremely difficult couple of months for her. Wendy is the most successful black, female, daytime TV host since Oprah and she continues to have to fight to stay on the air at all, let alone stay on top.
And Antwon was her closest sidekick and supporter on the show. He often filmed the aftershow with her and was on her show often. You could tell they had a very close relationship. You could also tell he was an all around kind person. The show will suffer without him.
Antwon leaves behind his beloved fiancé, Dontay Savoy, who appears on LA Hair and is also a hair stylist. The two had recently spent a week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during their break from filming. Antwon also had a son, DeAntwon Jackson who is 25. Antwon was 44.