TikTok unveiled its inaugural Visionary Voices list, recognizing 15 Black creators on the app for their cultural affect on and off the platform.
“Our first-ever Visionary Voices List acknowledges 15 Black creators who’re innovators of their fields, utilizing TikTok to teach, entertain, and advocate for the Black group whereas making a major affect each on and off the platform,” the corporate introduced in a weblog publish.
The honorees embrace social media creators, musicians, small-business homeowners and educators. The list is part of TikTok’s Black History Month programming, which can even embrace music playlists, themed TikTok Dwell classes, particular hashtags for Black creators and in-person occasions to rejoice #BlackTikTok in Los Angeles.
Right here is the list of visionaries TikTok has spotlighted for their affect on the tradition — on-line and off.
@_itzpsyiconic_Kelon — higher recognized by his alter egos Terri Joe, Jeorgia Peach and Amethyst Jade — hosts nightly TikTok Lives in character. He’s recognized for his humorous, provocative content material, which he as soon as described to Vulture as “comedy, however being completely impolite to individuals.”
Kennedy is thought for her cozy gaming and life-style suggestions. With an emphasis on self-care, she offers her followers recommendations for comforting video games, organizational suggestions and calming merchandise.
Emmanuel Uddenberg, a minimalist style and life-style creator, posts “prepare with me” movies, hauls and styling movies.
Kahlil Greene is a Gen Z historian who began a TikTok sequence referred to as “Hidden History” discussing lesser-known moments in Black American historical past. He additionally covers present occasions and U.S. politics.
Emira D’Spain, a style and sweetness creator, shares “prepare with me” movies, make-up tutorials, clothes try-ons and skin-care routines. Final yr, D’Spain grew to become the first Black trans mannequin to work with Victoria’s Secret, and he or she hopes to “proceed paving the best way for the LGBTQ+ group,” in keeping with TikTok.
Lissette Eduardo is an influencer and businesswoman and a co-host of the Telemundo morning present “Hoy Día.” By her platform, she preaches self-love and feminine empowerment.
Ice Spice is a sensation on and off TikTok. The rapper’s viral hit “Munch (Feelin’ U)” blew up on the app final yr, and her reign has solely continued after she launched her first EP, titled “Like…?” in January.
Over the previous few months, Keith Lee has been altering the lives of mom-and-pop restaurant homeowners throughout the nation. His meals evaluations are successful with viewers, and he lately teamed up with high YouTuber Jimmy Donaldson, higher often called MrBeast, to assist a small enterprise.
Lynae Vanee Bogues is an activist and poet greatest recognized for her “Parking Lot Pimpin'” sequence, which dissects cultural and political points, akin to Ron DeSantis’ ban on AP African American historical past content material and the Tory Lanez assault trial. She was lately nominated for an NAACP Picture Award.
Maiya the Don received her begin on TikTok as a make-up artist and sweetness creator. Now, she’s greatest often called a rapper, together with her single “Telfy” turning into a well-liked sound on the platform.
Brandon Blackwooden’s eponymous style model was based in 2015. Since then, his equipment — like his signature trunk bag — have turn out to be favorites amongst celebrities like Olivia Rodrigo and Kim Kardashian.
Danessa Myricks has been a make-up artist and educator for over twenty years. Her namesake model has been going viral lately, with magnificence TikTokers raving over her “Yummy Pores and skin Blurring Balm Powder.” She is thought for creating multi-use, inclusive make-up merchandise.
At Summer season Lucille’s North Carolina boutique, Juicy Physique Goddess, “you gotta be two-somethin’ to do somethin’.” The entrepreneur is thought for her body-positive TikTok movies, during which she hypes up her prospects.
Olumide Shokubi’s West African restaurant, Spice Kitchen Grill, has gained a wholesome TikTok following for its delectable movies displaying off the grill’s meals. Common supervisor Marcus Bryan makes use of the platform to share West African road meals and the “fantastic thing about Black delicacies” with the world, in keeping with TikTok.