By Jonathon Van Maren
Candace Owens exploded onto the conservative media scene in 2017, and many of us were unsure of what to think of her. Known primarily for her pro-Trump commentary and lauded by fringe figures such as Milo Yiannopoulos and Mike Cernovich, Owens was first an anti-Trump progressive — until, according to her account of what happened, she was doxxed by progressives over her comments on the Gamergate scandal. Later in 2017, she launched Red Pill Black, an initiative to promote black conservatism in America. Two months after that, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA announced that Owens had been hired as a director for urban engagement.
The following year, Owens registered as a Republican, and her punditry was lauded by Kanye West and President Donald Trump. Her commentary as a conservative was as incendiary as her previous progressive profile, and rolling controversies and campus conflicts elevated Owens as one of Trumpland’s rising stars. Since then, she began Blexit, a movement for black and Latino Americans leaving the Democratic Party; launched The Candace Owens Show on PragerU’s YouTube channel; and wrote a memoir scheduled for release in September. In 2019, she married George Farmer, a young British conservative and the son of a member of the House of Lords. These days, she constantly makes the news as a strident critic of the Black Lives Matter Movement.