Tariq Nasheed
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Nasheed in 2016
Other names
  • Tariq Elite
  • King Flex
  • K-Flex
Known forHidden Colors film series
Notable workThe Art of Mackin'

Tariq Nasheed, also known as Tariq Elite,[1] King Flex,[2] and K-Flex,[3] is an American film producer, and Internet personality.[4][5] He is best known for his Hidden Colors film series, as well as his commentary on social media.


Nasheed began his career as a dating expert under the "K-Flex” persona before transitioning into documentary filmmaking.[6] Many of his dating books give instructions on how to be a pickup artist.[7]

Nasheed produced the 2011 documentary film Hidden Colors: The Untold History of People of Aboriginal, Moor, and African Descent.[8][9] Nasheed's follow-up film and DVD, Hidden Colors 2: The Triumph of Melanin, was released in 2012.[10][5]

In 2013, Nasheed released the horror film The Eugenist, which he also wrote and directed.[11] In 2014, he released Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism.[12]

In 2020, Nasheed took issue with a LGBT branded sandwich that had been sold by supermarket chain Marks & Spencers during pride month in 2019.[7]

Mink Slide

Nasheed is the lead singer of the R&B musical group Mink Slide which debuted in 2018.[6] Mink Slide's first album, Egyptian Musk, debuted at #12 on Billboard R&B Albums charts.[13]

Views and reception

Nasheed is known online for his controversial commentary on race.[14] He is a proponent of "Foundational Black Americans" (FBA), an ideology and movement he founded,[15] which is defined as, "any person classified as Black, who can trace their bloodline lineage back to the American system of slavery. To be designated as an FBA, at least one parent must come from a non-immigrant background in The United States of America." Nasheed believes FBAs must "seek out reparations for their own" and that American-born descendants of the American slave trade have not adequately sought out resources for themselves.[16] He has voiced opposition to African immigrants, arguing they make getting reparations for African-Americans more difficult and they allegedly take jobs and other opportunities away.[17]

Nasheed is known for his use of the term "bed wench" and the related term "Negro bed wench mentality".[6][18] He uses the term to refer to black women who date interracially. He revived and popularized use of this term, which historically was used to disparage black women who were raped by their masters during slavery. Ebony Magazine described Nasheed’s conception of the term "bed wench" as a put-down of successful black women who challenge the institutions of black patriarchy.[19]

According to Refinery29, Nasheed "is notorious for his misogynistic, queerphobic, xenophobic and often ahistorical commentary on Blackness in America.”[20] Stephen Kearse of The New York Times refers to Nasheed as a "conspiracy buff".[21]

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Nasheed was highly vocal about his distrust of the COVID-19 vaccine. He opined that, "they are using yet another Black, non-FBA doctor to do the #CovidVaccine experiment on today...Notice no one has given a SCIENTIFIC reason as to why we are only seeing Black people injected with this new vaccine" and that the "white powers in control" completely ignored requests for "reparations, decent employment, decent education, decent housing, no police killings."[22][23]




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  2. ^ Woods, Stacey Grenrock (February 2, 2009). "How to Behave on a One-Night Stand". Esquire. ISSN 0194-9535. Archived from the original on July 12, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Miles, Jonathan (January 2, 2005). "Misbehavin'". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 27, 2022. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Kearse, Stephen (December 19, 2018). "Wild Speculation Isn't Worth Much. A 'Theory,' However..." The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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  7. ^ a b c d e Milton, Josh (February 6, 2020). "An American man yesterday was threatened by a lettuce, guacamole, bacon and tomato sandwich which, apparently, is the mascot of the LGBT+ agenda". www.pinknews.co.uk. Pink News. Retrieved November 15, 2021.
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  11. ^ a b Davis, Jim (2013). "The Eugenist (Review)". Influx Magazine. Archived from the original on June 15, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Dickerson, Jessica (July 30, 2014). "'Hidden Colors' Filmmaker Tariq Nasheed: 'Eric Garner Was Lynched'". HuffPost.
  13. ^ "The APX Releases Single "Your Touch" Featuring Mink Slide". Broadway World. May 24, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  14. ^ Ramsey, Donovan X. (August 31, 2016). "Conspiracy Theories Mount Regarding Chris Brown's Latest Arrest". Complex. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
  15. ^ Sands, Darren (December 4, 2019). "Democrats Are Freaking Out About Pro-Trump Messaging To Occasional Black Voters". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  16. ^ Kweku, Osei (December 12, 2020). "Kweku: 'Separate approaches for seeking Black reparations don't have to further divide us'". The Atlanta Voice. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
  17. ^ Benson, Emmanuel Abara (January 27, 2022). "Earlier today on Twitter, some Black Americans seemingly warned Africans to stop immigrating to their country". Business Insider Africa. Retrieved November 5, 2022.
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  22. ^ Diamond, Lindsay Levkoff; Batan, Hande; Anderson, Jennings; Palen, Leysia (April 27, 2022). "The Polyvocality of Online COVID-19 Vaccine Narratives that Invoke Medical Racism". CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New Orleans: ACM: 1–21. doi:10.1145/3491102.3501892. ISBN 978-1-4503-9157-3.
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