This group has been active for 3 years, a lot of members, a lot of views, a lot of amazing art work of black women. There are so many great members, some you know not so great. We've been through thick and thin, and it's been a ride....BabyButta
I am one of the mods of the group, I've been holding the group down for a while now. I don't know if it has been a year yet but it was a interesting experience. The chocolate beauties group was amazing to me, I love that there was a group that had representation for black women. Now it's time for me to talk about the things behind the scenes with the group.
As you may or may not know. There was a contest, the chocolate beauties cheerleader contest. This contest has been in the works for some time, and right in the end of April 2014 we launched it. We got so many great entries, and so many responses to the contest. I worked hard to get everyone ready for the final count down. We found our winners, thought it was a hassle just to get the third place winners. After some voting, and the great backlash of it, we were able to settle things and get the winners together.
It took some time to get everyone their prizes, but the 2nd, and 3rd place winners were able to get their winnings. Except for out 1st place winner. She lives in a another country so it was hard to get her the winnings, but that wasn't the problem. The problem lied with our founder BIGBOY2480
I've been working with the 1st place winner trying to ensure her that she would get her prize, but the problem was I wasn't sure if she was going to get her money. I've been back and forth messaging the winner and BIGBOY2480
trying to tie the lines of communication.
There were problems with BIGBOY2480
's computer, so he wasn't able to do any of the messaging himself, so I kept at it and did it for him. Then his computer got fix'd and he said he would have her money for her that following friday, that following friday passed and he still didn't get it to her, time passed by between me messaging the winner and me trying to get answers from BIGBOY2480
This has been going on for four months. Four months of not being able to pay someone their winnings is embarrassing. Four months of telling someone they will get their money, and no proof or results of that. Four months of doing it all on my own pretty much.
Today was the last straw. I receive a message from the 1st place winner demanding answers to her prize, I didn't even know what to tell her exactly, because this month of august I tried to contact BIGBOY2480
on facebook and he has never responded to me. He has been active this whole month though...So I told her the truth, I told her I didn't know what to tell her anymore, I just couldn't sit her and keep her hopes up. She deserved the truth. Bigboy has been avoiding paying her on purpose now. There's a difference between not having the money, but still contacting people about progress on getting the money, and Ignoring people about the money and remaining active on social networks.
I told the 1st place winner this:
"It just hurts me to know that you put so much effort in your artwork, for it not to receive it's rightful winnings. For that I apologize, If I could I would give you something to part with, but I am not financially stable at the very moment. If you must leave the group I understand. For I am too parting my ways as well, because I cannot hold the weight of knowing that someone who I supported by helping out with his group, would stoop so low and dodge me when i'm trying to do what's right.
Thank you for participating in our contest, and sticking around when things were messy. I don't know if he ever thought that, that money would have probably helped in you in many ways, but I honestly doubt that he had.
my sincerest apologies BabyButta
"------Sent today---Not full message-----
Do you know how hard that is? I was damn near crying when I wrote this. I am deeply sorry that this happened like that. This whole experience was suppose to be fun, and exciting. We were suppose to have more contests but never again....
So this is why I'm leaving the group, and why the group will probably no longer be here...
a bad guy. No he's not, he's not a bad person at all. I just think he bit off a little more than he can chew and just sucks at taking care of business himself. This group isn't something you run alone though, you have people there supporting the group with you and doing the modding duties, however as the founder you have more control of what happens here, and as founder you have to make sure things fall in place, if somethings broken, fix it.
Things have been broken here for a while and I did the fixing on my own...Would I take charge and just be the founder. No. Not saying I wouldn't like to but I know what my financial situation is, I wouldn't be able to give you guys the contests and the prizes you wanted. All I can do is make the group pretty, set the rules, and manage things. That's what I know I can do for you guys.
It's sad to see it end this way, but all good things come to an end eventually....
I talked to Bigboy about all of this and he said he was going to make a message, and delete the group. Be on the look out for that....