Angie Nwandu

Instagram blogger Angie Nwandu, who runs the popular Shaderoom news aggregate Instagram blog, is among Time magazine’s 30 Most Influential people on the Internet.

Nwandu joins such bold name notables as Donald Trump, Kanye West — whose Twitter.com rants continue to entertain the masses, and cross-dresser Bruce Jenner, who goes by “Caitlyn Jenner” now.

Black Lives Matter activists Johnetta Elzie and DeRay Mckesson also made the list.

TIME — As more and more of our own daily interactions happen online, so, too, does celebrity drama. And Nwandu, 25, has made it her business to capture it. Two years ago, she started The Shade Room, an Instagram account and blog that aims to be like Page Six for celebrities on social media: a chronicle of who likes whose posts, who comments on whose photos, and who starts following (or better yet, unfollowing) each other. Since then, TSR has become a burgeoning media empire, replete with its own tipsters, staff (there are now four full-time employees), and advertisers—all of whom serve an audience of 3.9 million. And counting.—Nolan Feeney


  • https://www.styleseat.com/Bellaxpress Danay Helena

    She do be having some exclusive stories though, but she doesn’t update enough…and ‘influential’ is a stretch..

  • Vonn

    I love Deray. Hope he becomes mayor of Baltimore.

  • Victorious82

    The African folks know how to run a juicy blog lol. Look at Fred over at that other blog.

  • Milani

    kudos..never heard of her, never went to her blog, and probably never will…but whatever.

  • SameoleJ

    She ain’t influence me, I don’t know who she is!!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    She has some very interesting eyebrows and eye makeup.

  • Tammie Reed

    I just don’t know how you guys run gossip blogs, it gives me a headache and runs up my pressure, I’m just NOT that interested in what celebs are doing, tweeting, posting every second of the day but whatever pays the bills lol. Congrats to her though.

    Her staff stole my pic off of my ig acct one time and folks went in on me calling me names and saying who was I lol. She snatched my selfie pic of me and Puffy’s sons at Toya’s daughter Sweet 16 party last year. I was not amused and she didn’t even ask me! So I don’t really have that much respect for her. Atleast ask or give me some type of heads up…damn!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I’ve never been to her site.

    Good for her, I guess. NAH, lemme take that byke! She’s probably just ‘influencing’ nonsense to the masses :tea:

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I guess hits equals influence.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    OH! That was VERY LAME of her(staff)….

    FOH with MY picture :blink:

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    Hm… This blog business is good business, huh? Hmmm

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    But ‘she made it’
    :hahaha:
    :ghost:

  • SameoleJ

    Well dayum!! Damn Heifah!!

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    They snatched your pic, huh? lol

  • Tammie Reed

    Her site is lackluster and trying to figure out how she makes money with NO ads on there but ok…LOL! But I see she puts random stuff in between her posts on ig, maybe thats how she makes money from folks who like to advertise with her about waist trainers, weaves and such, who knows! Lawd!

  • iWasteTime

    Ok the ShadeRoom!

  • SameoleJ

    Okay, you are scaring me now, Calm down WOMAN!!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    WHALE WATTever thee fugg 😀
    She doesn’t need to be taking your pics and using them :nono:

  • Zizzle

    Passed over again, huh?

  • Tammie Reed

    People started texting me saying I was on the shaderoom, I was like what the hell is that, then I went and looked and there I was with 1,000’s of comments about me being Puffy’s son’s baby mama etc knowing good and damn well I don’t look nothing like Kim Porter!

    I was cracking up at first then I got irritated real fast! I was pissed! If she was any kind of blogger, she would have known and had common courtesy to have asked me if she could put my pic up but nawl! Her readers are shady, young and mostly ignorant too Smh!

  • Tammie Reed

    Yep

  • SameoleJ

    But Sandra don’t ask President O……..never mind- I likes my login a lot.

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    Lmaoooo! Sandra don’t ask nobody for permission..

  • iWasteTime

    I don’t got the time though!
    Can you set up auto posts?
    Can I do it from my mobile? ,,lol

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    You was like “my pic?!?! Yall shatting me! Nuh uhhh”

    Then when you saw–> :blink: then :thinking: then 😈

    Oh my goodness :rofl: We better stop before she puts up another pic of you :rofl: :rofl:

  • SameoleJ

    She sure don’t!! Perhaps I better take down mine!! Naw, she don’t hate me….I think!! LOL

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    DeRay McKesson think he’s Steve Jobs with that one outfit on. I haven’t seen him without that Patagonia vest on…

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Oh I LOVE TSR on IG. Never went to the site. Congrats to her.

  • Tammie Reed

    If you do it right and strategic yes ask Sandra lol

  • SameoleJ

    If you get big like Sandy, you can get a little minion to post for ya!!

  • A.P. Millz-CT

    LOL! I don’t know, but I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while, but not just on celebs… I’ll have a section called “Slab of Barks” for all the white tears..LOL

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yeah, almost like if she was to take ALL OF THAT MAKEUP OFF, she would look like a completely different person :coffee:

  • Tammie Reed

    Sandra doesn’t have to ask Obama because she has a few accts to actually buy images from Getty etc, its a difference lol, She pays big bucks for her images. Once you buy them you can post and say what you want, thats how it works!

  • SameoleJ

    That is their look, not being funny or anything, but this is exactly how the ones in my area do their makeup and whatnot.

  • Tammie Reed

    READ my response!

  • Pettyville123

    That’s what probably helping her to stay afloat. I hate reading the same stories and shade on different blogs.. I wonder what other blogs were ever named in such, if any…. most share the same stories

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    I have…Not much to see, allegedly? Well, compared to other skinny menzes…Speaking of which, how much you weigh?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Yep… Errbody needs An Intern :yes:

  • Tammie Reed

    WE have accts to access images when you are a professional blogger you don’t have to get permission because we buy our images from wire services, get it? LOL

  • SameoleJ

    It was a joke, Darn it!! Calm down!! LOL

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Word is NB had to come off five figures because she used a pic of Beyonce without permission.

  • SameoleJ

    Errbody needs A MINION!! there fixed that for you!!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I know. I know. 😮
    Same here.

  • SameoleJ

    Down Boy!!

  • WetPntees

    Well damn!!!

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I’m about Steve Jobs size.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Congrats my daughter is always sending me their posts.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Mmmmhmmm…you can see it here as well…

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Idk…Shaderoom is messy, the fact that they’re on the list is telling…I appreciate when they take the time to spread the word to their 3mil followers, but, idk…A bunch of messy queen like behavior at the end of the day?? I see so much crap about Fetty and his women for example….Soooooo glad I’m too old n too cute to bother researching to understand what’s going on with that??

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I get it. I used to work at the paper and that was part of my job. Keeping the licenses current for the wire services. Getty, Assoc. Press, etc.

  • It’s Taurus Season

    That was so very nice how you worded that.

  • Tammie Reed

    That is true, she told me that in person, I remember that too! I was standing there feeling so sorry for her!

  • Auditor

    Wow

  • SameoleJ

    So you like poking the bear, huhn?! LOL

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    Her makeup is cute but why the hat?? ..hmmm

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    And exactly what does that mean in inches? Asking for my friend @Dtts??

  • WetPntees

    That’s ALL I would have to say too… I just don’t get womenz that wear fitted caps, and then BACKWARDS?? What ya’ll tryna prove? Do tell….

  • It’s Taurus Season

    She missing some tracks out the top

  • SameoleJ

    That baby weight is making her soft!! CTHU

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Too bad, so sad.

  • Tammie Reed

    Yes mam!

  • SameoleJ

    Fitted cap is thee very least of her problems in that photo!!

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    lol for when your face is beat but you didn’t have time to swing by the salon?

  • WetPntees

    True true! But I just don’t….NVM

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :chase:

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    This is sooo funny to me!!!

  • SameoleJ

    Didn’t I say Down Boy!!

    @djangothegod:disqus – STOP POKING THE DAMN BEAR!! Unless you like to.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    I thought Fendi was your BFF. DTTS likes Mandingos.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    And Trump is saying there will be riots if he isn’t the nominee :facepalm:

    This is gonna get worse, before it gets better :(

  • SameoleJ

    You on your own, BRUH!!

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    He always stirs up trouble and sits back and watches things implode.

  • It’s Taurus Season

    That chit was rough bc once McClatchy copped all those extra newspapers, I had to do ours and theirs too. For print and online. So Charlotte Observer, The State in Columbia, SC, Myrtle Beach Sun News, and The Herald in Rock Hill, SC. Sometimes photo editors wouldnt eem say it was time to renew or check or anything. Just slap a pic up. I would be like gatdamn yall are KILLING me tryna keep this crap together. THAT is WHY and HOW I came here to start with. When Sandy was a photographer.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    So…why the hell aren’t Sandra Rose & the garden gnomes on this list? Certain other sites steal comments out of the garden to write their stories. THIS BLOG IS INFLUENTIAL!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    *jacked (Well, at least this sounds better)

    msnbc

    Senator Mitch McConnell responds to President Barack Obama’s SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland and states that he wants to give the American people a voice on who the nominee should be.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Staaaaaawp, you gone scare him off? I’m trynna get cuffed before Easter?

  • SameoleJ

    And the bs begins!!

  • SameoleJ

    Really?! He iz a murried manz!!

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Dtts like whatever her fat ass can get? She like ass to, how iz you in the backyard urrrea?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    It’s so sickening. Really.
    Why put that in folks minds?! Because that’s what he wants. He’s a bully. The worst kind IMB…

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Lmao!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    I tried…because…yeah, I tried.

  • SameoleJ

    And with that I am out. Good Luck @djangothegod:disqus

  • It’s Taurus Season

    There are folks that is all they do. Go around to different websites to threaten folks who use their material without proper permissions. We used to call them the Copyright Cops.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    The klan is ready, you hear me. He knows exactly what he is doing. Forcing their hand.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    #theydontcallhimtheeturnoutqueenfornathan :casket:

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    When has America EVER had a voice. Them fools want to be wayward just to be wayward.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Bish whet?!?!?!???? not that that’s ever stopped me before?? Tiz news to me tho?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Edit this! NOW! Take that ho name outta my mentions!!! NOW!!! Do it :wail: :crying1:

    :hahaha:

  • felinelurker

    I think we’re the minority here bc I love it too.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Didn’t I say Down Boy!!
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    :wail: :wail:

  • It’s Taurus Season

    YEP!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Agreed!

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Sigh…Mitch you are exactly what your name rhymes with b.

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    People think I’m an MMA fighter somtimes. It’s probably the beard though.
    It’s usually white people, as they are the main ones who watch UFC.

    I’m not in shape right now though. Haven’t been hitting the gym.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    BECAUSE SR probably didn’t fill out the Form and Pay the $ to be on this list….

    Ain’t no extra money…You see we’en even get any Christmas gifts. OH :kona:

  • felinelurker

    As I stated earlier, the GOP debate is cancelled bc HE doesn’t want to participate. Like, FOOL, you can’t call out when (if) you’re the president!

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Bc our comments aint copyrighted. *sads*

    WE IS an influence tho *bangs desk*

  • Auditor

    Dead @ cuffed

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    OH please, White people tell me I look like everybody from Bill Cosby to the Black kid from Blackish…They just? Whatever…I’ve heard Obama, Denzel…They just? So um, you a lil flabby right now? Do yo booty jiggle when you walk?

  • Auditor

    Well hell hope I get to miss a few days of work then…

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I thought you was smitten with @Pointhimout/Lorenzo? Now you like Django?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Kona to a corner RATT NOW!!! Lol

  • It’s Taurus Season

    I dont feel like going to this State Dinner tonight. Its cancelled. Nevermind the folks from Japan is downstairs. Like REALLY?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    Wars and Rumors or Wars… SPEAK BIBLE!!!

  • bemetoo

    Shiddd if she aint Sandra she aint nobody

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Lol who “Junior” or Anthony Anderson? You know they call everbody they think are under 40 kid.

  • SunRiseBlossom

    New Post! BTW: Hi Everyone #waveshand

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    He likes Yt boys, I wish him well?? And yes, Django is my new bew, so tread lightly lessen you wanna get cut? Only person gone toss dat dere salad is me???

  • It’s Taurus Season

    WE DIDNT get Christmas gifts. Other valued Roses did tho.

    Oh.

  • Mel

    I knew she was African just by looking at them eyebrows ? All them in the hair braiding spot I go to have the same arch whether it’s drawn in or not it looks like this

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Good question…I just smile and nod…Could care less what they think I look like, my meat has to be well done or its being sent back??

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    WHALE NAH if that ain’t the truth!!!

    :hahaha: :ghost:

  • http://www.sandrarose.com Django the God

    Lol what… SMH.

  • http://Copblock.org aDingoDrankMyBabies

    Chile,,,I knows you like you knows me?

  • SunRiseBlossom

    She looks like Ashanti to me!!! #fixesmyglasses

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    SR GOTS TO BE COURTING THEM THEN 😮

    HOW SWAY can anyone get something, IF they hardly ever post?

    HOW? By meeting up at the house 😮 #theybanging :tea:

  • T’acheItEzeInMy6″Heels

    Congrats! I follow TSR on facebook.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Yes it is sadly…

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    My industry has a similar pay-to-use thing and part of my job sends the info to the people who pay and they are super strict about getting info in time. We’ve all gotten cussed out about fines and late fees for not paying for use in time.

  • S. Williams

    her IG account theshaderoominc be ON!!!

  • S. Williams

    Instagram stays updated! I woulda thought she was there with Russell and Ciara at how quick she posted the engagement lol saw it there first

  • Mizzani

    Look at Kim up there looking like somebodies 50 year old grandma who looks good for her age. I see you granny. But as far as the Shaderoom is concerned I mean congrats bish or whatver. I know yo people in the motherland screaming “WE MADE IT”.

  • Tammie Reed

    yeah she doesn’t really update the site(from what I saw before) but the ig must be more lucrative and easier to manage lol

  • Monday

    I didn’t like how the Shade Room used an old video of Wendy W. commenting on Rihanna’s lover from years ago and used it last month when Rihanna dropped “work” with Drake. They “TRIED” to make Wendy look back. Just for the hits of course, a lot fell for it until some actually research the video.. Even Riri’s fan saw through their game…

    I hope they have good lawyers

  • Monday

    She needs to hire great lawyer and will soon need advertisement deals. Hopefully her team will handle things better than poor Necole Bitchie..

    Still don’t understand the multiple lawsuits situation that make her evaporate??

  • Monday

    I actually spent 5 minutes on IG. Some of her posts looks eerie similar to here like the Ciara ring comparison.. Sandra posted a few days ago and Shade Rooms posted 17 hours ago……

    Hummm

    Maybe Sandra needs an IG??

  • scentsychick30

    Bruce wake up and get rewards?I guess just for being cait?

  • imright

    love shaderoom!!

  • ?Sugar&Spice?

    This blog is the best, though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    Some folks say old Nicole was too busy kissing ass instead of getting the tea.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks hun. I can’t do Instagram. Too many narcissists and high school kids.

  • Monday

    She did for sponsors. She did admit getting multiple lawsuits. She started off again but very very low profile. She fell under pressure

  • Monday

    I think she did a Dave Chappelle, went to Africa and decided to shut off her old blog page.

    The Shade Room think they are TMZ.. They will get theirs too

  • Candace

    She used to update her page like every 10 minutes with the latest stories, but she’s changed over the past week. I don’t know what happened. For a whole week she didn’t post anything and when she finally did post, it wasn’t like she used to before. Its so weird

  • Noelle

    She’s not consistent with her blogging. Sometimes, days go by before a new post is up.

    That plus their tea is ice-cold a lot. They don’t provide the backstory to a random happening either.

    Meh. She’s 25. She’ll learn.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I always question Time picks. I don’t visit her blog, and pleased they chose her. But, to make a gossip blog influential for black people is always suspect, no diss to this woman and her work. But, a lot is going on right now, and it’s not nice, and of course blacks and poor people are the pawns! I wonder if they ever gave it to Clutch Magazine?

  • barbeez

    Never heard of her or the Shaderoom.

  • Brownie

    I’m a TSR lover! Congratulations! ?

  • Brownie

    Dump is inciting riots on multiple outlets but let a grieving relative have a meltdown…smh

  • Brownie

    He started it and there’s nothing he can do to stop it. If he even acted as if he wanted to tell these thugs to calm down it won’t stop. They already arrested two fools breaking into churches spray painting Trump and looking for someone attacking minorities in the name of the orange giant. This is only the beginning.

  • Taylordanes

    All they post is The Kardashians and dlist reality stars. What’s sad is she glorifies strippers and ig models which is not helping our people just her funny looking asses pockets

  • Taylordanes

    Yes all Kardashian and reality and IG hoes …

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    But, but…nevermind.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Your spectrum…smh ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ??? I needed this for this morning. ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ??

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Yep ?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I’m trying not to say too much here. There have been some postings that were erroneous and some were flat out thievery of product not belonging to the one who advertised. I imagine she will be getting more legal counsel.

  • mela.reign77

    Interesting I thought the Shade room was some sort of Spam whenever I see it on FB. When you click on it, it takes you to a bunch of other crap. I’m good, I’ll come here and get the juice, CNN and my home girl Pookie. LMBO! Just kidding about the Pookie part.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is what happened to Necole. The more popular your blog gets, the more lawsuits are filed by greedy lawyers. That’s why a lot of bloggers end up quitting.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I’m facing a couple of lawsuits from the same shady lawyers who are suing blogs for posting pictures of Beyonce from social media. That’s why I warn bloggers to be careful posting pics from social media. Some of those pics are intentionally used as bait to hook unsuspecting bloggers. Photos aren’t selling like they used to because magazines and newspapers went out of business. So photographers are suing blogs for big $$$ for pictures worth $10.

  • CJ413

    I follow theshaderoom on Instagram and 90% of the time they break a story before Sandra Rose!! At least they’re still active on the weekends!!

  • Sainthella

    Shade room be late on most stories. Fameolus be having all the dirt and they’re not bias like shade room

  • GOAT

    Because Africans know are experts at gossip