So I downgraded to a different version, because the one recommended would not install in my Mac.
fp_11.7.700.252_archive.zip <-- that was the version I used, because the previously recommended one did not work at all for me. It would get to 65% and stall out, every time.
It didn't hurt that I also did a nice shutdown after uninstalling the version currently on my system which hilariously asked me to update again today when I logged into Procaster.
After all the hub bub and I finally got that archived version to install properly I now have a functioning chat, promote, and player section again that is no longer blacked out.
There were enough replies to gum something together.