The hits keep coming for the black graduate of a Queens community college who grabbed a microphone from a white professor – with a fellow grad telling The Post Tuesday the woman went on a homophobic rant after the viral incident.
Digital creator and OnlyFans model Kadia Iman tussled with a staff volunteer at the June 21 commencement of LaGuardia Community College.
She claimed the professor didn’t let her finish announcing her name and even accused her of “pulling the mic down super fast for some black people.”
But fellow grads also have voiced their outrage over Iman’s actions, including Nina Diaz, 34, a philosophy grad, who said she was sitting behind her after the public outburst.
“One of the graduates, a guy, was yelling at her and he says, ‘You should be arrested for what you did.’
“After he said that she started saying homophobic slurs. She was like, ‘Are you gay?’” Diaz told The Post in a phone interview, without wanting to repeat the actual words.
“‘Why don’t you mind your business?’” she said she heard Iman tell the graduate. “‘Do you use such’ … you know, blah, blah, blah. I don’t want to finish that because it’s inappropriate,” she said.
“So she’s just going back and forth with this gentleman and I tell her, ‘You look beautiful. Just calm down, this is our day.’”
Diaz said another fellow graduate, whom she described as gay, took offense to the homophobic comments.
“He says this is not OK,” she said.
Diaz said Iman then turned to the gay student and said: “What? Is he your boyfriend?”
“And then again, I’m like, just you know, ‘Relax! Relax!’ We’re all telling her to just relax. But she was just very derogatory, very homophobic, nasty — just disrupted everyone in that surrounding area,” she continued.
“Originally she sounded like a heroine but that’s not what happened. She was the one who was disruptive from the start,” Diaz said, adding Iman said “something about the rear ends” of the two young men.
When asked about Iman’s claims black students were discriminated against, Diaz said it was “far from the truth.”
“What they asked us to do is just announce our name — so your first and last name and if you want to say your major. That’s it, because there’s almost 2,000 graduates,” she said.
“They couldn’t say it like she wanted, I guess, to say a whole big spiel like, ‘I’m this, I’m that, I’m graduating’… they gave us clear instructions to just say our name and our major,” Diaz continued.
“She interrupted a lot of the graduates’ experience. I think that’s what it comes down to – and it had nothing to do with race,” she added.
On Monday, Iman was slammed by the school’s chief spokesman, Manny Romero, who told The Post her actions were “unacceptable.”
Romero also shared video of the ceremony with The Post which was different to that posted online by Iman.
“You can see that the student in question walked in and sat down earlier (without any problem or conflict). She then gets up and walks back at which point she grabs the microphone,” he said in an email. “Again, all of this is being investigated to get a better understanding of what occurred.”
He said Iman was seen entering with her major at the 25:11 mark and then walking back at the 28:28 mark.
Meanwhile, two other black graduates also added their voices to the mounting criticism against Iman’s caught-on-video rant.
“That video is a little hard to watch but I too graduated from LaGuardia Community College yesterday, class of 2023. I was there. Everyone had the opportunity to say their first and last name. No one said anything more, no one said anything less,” TikTok user @glamstonerboutique said.
“The young lady, I understand it was her moment. I feel like she went about that the wrong way. No one was discriminated against, no one was racially profiled, no one was trying to discriminate against her.
“And to be totally honest, she handled it very poorly. I’m sorry she that she felt like she had a bad experience. This was the only issue all day. The ceremony was great,” added the woman.
Another TikToker also poured cold water on the allegation of racial discrimination,
“There were two long lines and we were told to say our names when we approached the lady in the video. … but she didn’t know any of our names, whether they were long or short, how many syllables, X, Y, Z,” user @queldinero810 said.
“Basically there was people who did say other things extra other than their names, but they weren’t one race. There were a lot of people of all races there. We were just told to say our first and last names,” she said.
The user noted that she, like a few others, said a bit more than just their names and major. “I said, ‘I love my momma,” she said.
But Iman “wanted her moment, she got her moment. … I feel like she made the graduation her graduation,” the user added.
In the video of the ceremony, which was held on the campus of Queens College, Iman said: “I want the mic! Let go! You didn’t let me get my moment,” Iman, wearing a pink-topped cap and black gown, shouted before announcing her name to the stunned onlookers.
”I’m graduating today. I don’t like how you snatched the mic out of my hand, so today is going to be all about me!”
She then dropped the mic and stormed off.
Iman later defended her actions in a defiant post in which she said she was not the “bad guy.”
“To everyone saying I should be embarrassed or I’ll never get a job … I’m a black woman in America,” Iman wrote. “I am always in the right … u will not gaslight me into thinking I’m the bad guy. I did it for girls that look like me. Love u.”
In a follow-up video to her viral moment, she explained why she decided to grab the microphone.
“Basically, what happened was I was walking on and we had to say our names before we get on the stage,” she said. “So I was saying my name and she literally — my name is long, obviously, I have like three syllables in my name.
“So, I didn’t even get to finish saying my name, and then the people that went before me, they all got to say their name, their major, and even extras,” Iman said. “Me and another girl noticed that she was pulling the mic down super fast for some black people — I don’t want to be that person, so I just couldn’t let her … I just couldn’t let that happen.”
Iman added: “I just feel like I worked so hard to graduate and went through so much s–t to graduate that I just felt like I had to reclaim my moment. I’m sorry.”
LaGuardia Community College later issued a statement assailing the young woman.
“Her mistreatment of a staff volunteer was unacceptable. We are currently reviewing the incident to gain a better understanding of what occurred and what we might do in the future to prevent something like this from happening again,” Romero said.
The Post’s efforts to reach Iman have been unsuccessful.
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