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Ineitha Lynette Hardaway, or Diamond, and Herneitha Rochelle Hardaway Richardson, or Silk, are political commentators and vloggers. The sister duo were shot to fame for being ardent supporters of Trump during his 2016 campaign. Their Vlogs gathered millions of followers across several social media platforms, making them the favorites of the ex-president.
Their combined net worth as of 2023 is estimated to be about $5 million. Read on to discover their networth, all the gist about their controversial career, and the death of Diamond.
Diamond and Silk Wiki & Biography
Lynette (Diamond) and Rochelle (Silk) were born almost a year apart in the early ’70s in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Rochelle was born on January 17, 1971, while her sister Lynette was born on November 25, 1971. At the time of Diamond’s passing on January 8, 2023, the sisters were aged 51 (Diamond) and 52 (Silk), respectively.
The duo went viral by aggressively rallying support for Donald Trump in 2016. Prior to their dogged support for Donald Trump in 2016, the sisters’ YouTube channel was a television criticism vlog. In their videos, Lynette (Diamond) does most of the talking while Silk reaffirms everything she says. But shortly after the sisters posted videos supporting Donald Trump, their following increased, and they stuck with it.
Like many Black voters in North Carolina, Diamond and Silk were Democrats. However, the sisters switched parties and declared their unflinching support for Donald Trump’s presidency. Since their rise to fame, they’ve gone on to work on famous platforms like Fox News and Newsmax.
|Full Name/Real Name||Ineithia Lynette Hardaway (Diamond)
Herneitha Rochelle Hardaway Richardson (Silk)
|Nick Name/Stage Name||Diamond and Silk|
|Birth Place||Fayetteville, North Carolina|
|Birthday||Diamond: November 25, 1971 – January 8, 2023
Silk: January 17, 1971
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Age||Diamond: 51 Years Old
Silk: 52 Years Old
|Profession||Vlogging, Political Commentary|
|Social Media Accounts
Diamond And Silk Networth
The combined net worth of the two sisters are roughly estimated at $5 million dollars. An amount amassed through monetizing their social media accounts which has a combined following of over 5 million.
Despite the backlash the duo received from black folks after supporting Trump’s presidential bid, business was booming. Their social media following went up the roof — the sisters currently have 345k Youtube subscribers, 1.2 million Instagram followers, 2.3 million Facebook followers, and 2 million Twitter followers.
They trademarked “Diamond and Silk” and began selling items on their online store, like a $10 bumper sticker, a $35 branded wine glass, and a $40 Diamond and Silk T-Shirt. Their appearances on numerous shows and book sales also greatly improved their revenue. They were regulars on Fox shows and even got their own show on Fox Nation, the network’s online streaming service, in 2018.
The duo also received payment from Trump’s presidential campaign, although they denied being paid to support the ex-president, claiming it was payment for their flight tickets.
Diamond And Silk’s Personal Life
Although Diamond and Silk were super vocal about their political opinions, they kept their private lives under wraps. It is unknown whether Lynette had married or had kids before her death. However, Rochelle (Silk) is confirmed to be married as she took on the surname of an unknown Richardson, and she mentioned that she and her husband performed CPR on Diamond when she collapsed before her death.
Lynette and Rochelle were born to Televangelist pastors Freeman and Betty Willis Hardaway in North Carolina. Affiliated with the Jericho Deliverance Temple, the couple sold various “cures” and products through their ministry while raising the two vloggers along with 3 other children.
Lynette and Rochelle Hardaway were around the same height and weight before Lynette died. Curvy Size 16s are 5.5ft tall, give or take, with glowing dark skin to march their vivacious and likable personalities.
Lynette was a few inches taller than her elder sister and was always seen spotting a long, curly black weave and stylish animal skin-framed glasses. Likewise, Rochelle “Silk” spots a short black weave with vivid gold swatches on top, also with stylish cat-eyed frames.
Although the sisters are not identical, they do resemble each other closely, which has caused some people to mistake them for twins. However, it has been confirmed that they are not. Rochelle is, in fact, almost 10 months older than Lynette.
In a speech the sisters gave at a Liberty University Convocation in 2018, Lynette shared how the Diamond and Silk ‘journey’ began with her watching Donald Trump declare his ambition to run for President on TV. She immediately called her sister, Rochelle, and soon afterward, they began to make videos to counter the rampant Anti-Trump narratives that were being pushed at the time.
Although the two women grew up as Democrats, they switched to Conservatives. They soon launched a campaign called “Ditch and Switch Now,” posting short-form content on social media platforms to convince many people to switch along with them.
Ultimately, Diamond and Silk began to gain momentum, building a followership of over 5 million across all social media platforms. It wasn’t long before they caught the notice of Trump, and they finally met him physically in 2015 during one of his campaign rallies, where they performed one of their routines to the rousing applause of the large audience in attendance.
A video of Ex-President Trump meeting Diamond and Silk for the first time during one of his campaign rallies:
All through Trump’s Campaign, the sisters were solidly behind the ex-president showing up at several rallies to entertain the audience with their routines, including the “Ditch and Switch Now.” They even went on an anti-Megyn Kelly rant after Kelly asked Trump during a debate to respond to some comments he’s made about women in the past.
The loquacious sisters soon became regulars on Fox Shows like “The Ingraham Angle,” “Fox & Friends,” “Hannity,” “Watter’s World”, and “Fox News Sunday.” In 2018, the sisters bagged their own show on Fox Nation, the network’s online streaming service.
The Conservative political commentators were well-known for criticizing the Ku Klux Klan and the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The sisters also wrote and published a book, “Uprising: Who the Hell Said You Can’t Ditch and Switch? – The Awakening of Diamond and Silk,” which made it to Number 17 on Publishers Weekly Hardcover Frontlist Non-Fiction Bestsellers.
However, the duo soon encountered some glitches during the Coronavirus pandemic due to their dissenting views about the virus. They opined that the virus death numbers were being inflated to make Donald Trump look bad. They also tweeted:
“The only way we can become immune to the environment, we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!”
This made Fox News cut ties with the sisters. The same tweet led to their Twitter account getting locked, and they also claimed that Facebook was censoring their accounts for being unsafe for the community. Although Facebook denied the allegations, the sisters stood their ground, even testifying against Mark Zuckerberg before Congress in 2020. They then took up with the far-right News channel Newsmax.
Details Of Ineitha Lynette Hardaway (Diamond) Passing
Earlier in November of 2022, a tweet was made asking their supporters to pray for Hardaway, although they didn’t give a reason as to why. While Lynette returned to their show the following months and even filmed an episode, the news that Lynetter ‘Diamond’ Hardaway had died was announced on the duo’s official Twitter page to the dismay of her avid followers.
Ex-president Trump wrote on his Truth social media platform:
“Our beautiful Diamond, of Diamond and Silk, has just passed away at her home in the State she loved so much, North Carolina,” Trump wrote. “Silk was with her all the way, and at her passing. There was no better TEAM anywhere, or at any time! Diamond’s death was totally unexpected, probably her big and precious HEART just plain gave out. Rest In Peace our Magnificent Diamond, you will be greatly missed!”
Shortly after her death, there were speculations that her death resulted from Covid-19. However, the truth was soon revealed on the 23rd of January when a verified death certificate emerged proving that the Pro-Trump Vlogger had died of a heart disease caused by chronic high blood pressure.
What Were The Sisters Doing Before They Became Famous?
Although the sisters were evasive when asked during an interview with ABC New what they did before becoming popular, they later revealed that they were entrepreneurs. But when asked for more details, they simply replied, “It’s really none of your business”.
What Happened To Their Business After The Death Of Ineitha Lynette Hardaway (Diamond)?
Following the death of Diamond, Rochelle (Silk) continued running the business and releasing updates about new products on their online store.
How Did Silk React To Diamond’s Death?
Silk was devastated following Diamond’s death in January. However, she seems to be recovering from losing her very dear sister.