From dancer to phlebotomist to independent artist: The rise of Houston’s ‘Da Pink Celebrity’

By: Nevaeh Richardson

Sharlene Dismuke, more commonly known by her stage name, Da Pink Celebrity, is a pioneer in unforgettable looks. Her brightly colored hair predates Nicki Minaj and is still her trademark today.

If you haven’t heard of Houston’s ‘Da Pink Celebrity,’ you’re missing out, because this business-minded artist is rising to the top.

The native Houstonian grew up in the ‘Dead End’ area of Crestmont Park, but ‘Pink’ was determined not to let her situation be the end of her.

Pink was one of six kids raised by a single mother and she had to learn to grow up fast in South Park. Leaving the house at 16, she became a stripper and used her newfound source of income to help her family.

Pink started rapping professionally in 2002, but her love for the art goes back to her days in school where she would often freestyle. As an independent female artist in Houston, Pink found herself struggling with men in the industry who pretended to want to help but had dishonest intentions. It was then that Pink decided to launch her own platforms so that she could finance her projects.

One of her most well-known projects is the “Pink Stunnas,” a group of entrepreneurs in the Houston and Louisiana areas known for their exciting pink vehicles. Pink founded the project in 2003 and it allowed people to approach and want to get to know her and her music. It’s certainly a different mindset than asking people to listen to your mixtape.


Though Pink lost access to a lot of her music after being manipulated by shady producers, she wasn’t afraid to start over. In 2017, she released her first single, “Bang Bang.” Pink does her own marketing, promotion, and booking.  She also endorses several products, has an online boutique and is a powerhouse business professional in her own right.

Check out her latest moves on Instagram, in which she has a fanbase of a half million followers.

Da Pink Celebrity’s music is available now on iTunes, Spotify, and other platforms.


October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit

As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.

Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.

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