TikTok unveils their first Visionary Voices roster, honoring Black creatives, small business owners and culture changers on TikTok, as well as #BlackTikTok shows and initiatives commemorating Black History Month, such as special guests and album playlists , week-long #womeninhiphop festivities and more!
The #BlackTikTok community is at the vanguard of culture and creativity, from creating viral dance and sound to teaching neglected black history to celebrating Black Joy through music, fashion, health and more. TikTok is honoring #BlackTikTok this Black History Month and throughout the year to highlight the cultural impact of this community.
TikTok celebrates Black History Month by highlighting innovators, changemakers and small companies at the forefront of #BlackTikTok and culture in general. Our celebrations will include the release of our first Visionary Voices list, the third edition of the Visionary Voices media salon series, black music playlists, LIVE programming, and more.
You can learn about the creators below.
@_itzpsyiconic_ (Houston, Texas) – On TikTok, Kelong constructed a completely disordered entire universe (dubbed “Terriverse”). Kelon brings smiles to his loyal following nightly on TikTok LIVE while playing his infamous characters Terri Joe, Jeorgia Peach and Amethyst Jade. His material isn’t for the faint of heart, but it promises a good time and good laughs.
@cozy.games (San Francisco, CA) – Kennedy is a game developer and lifestyle designer focused on bringing warmth to every aspect of life. Through inspirational content and game recommendations, she hopes to invite more people into the “warm” side of the gaming community.
@emmanuel.uddenberg (Canada Toronto) – Emmanuel Uddenberg is a TikTok creator from Toronto who combines a love of fashion with creativity through film. His taste for minimalist and modern aesthetics, along with his laid-back attitude, is ubiquitous, creating a serene ambience for individuals looking for everyday style inspiration.
@kahlilgreene (New York, NY) – Kahlil Greene, known as the “Generation Z Historian,” is a digital educator best known for his Hidden History series, which delves into injustice in America. Kahlil is a Yale alumnus who served as the college’s first black president in its 318-year history. His aim is to educate young people about how American society works through commentary on American politics and culture.
@xoxoemira (New York, NY) – Kahlil Greene, known as the “Generation Z Historian,” is a digital educator best known for his Hidden History series, which delves into injustice in America. Kahlil is a Yale alumnus who served as the college’s first black president in its 318-year history. His aim is to educate young people about how American society works through commentary on American politics and culture.
@chikybomreal (Miami, FL) – Chikybomb, Lisette Eduardo, is a social media personality, businesswoman and media influencer. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she is one of the most recognizable online celebrities, with more than 10.3 million followers on TikTok.
@icespicee (New York, NY) — “You think I’m feeling you?” It’s become a trending topic on social media thanks to Bronx rapper/singer Ice Spice. The 23-year-old rising singer first popped the question on her viral song “Munch (Feelin’ U),” and it’s been around since. While Ice Spice has steadily risen to become First Lady of the Bronx Drill, she has more to offer—crossing genres and expanding her influence beyond New York City.
@keith_lee125 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Keith Lee is a Las Vegas, Nevada-based creative who uses his platform to spotlight small and family-run businesses that may offer great food and service but aren’t widely known. He uses his meal review method to express his honest opinion while doing one of his favorite things: eating.
@lynaevanee (Atlanta, Georgia) – Lynae Vanee, a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee, is an Atlanta-based poet, producer, director and lead actor. Lynae, a graduate of Spelman College and Boston University with an MA in African American Studies, uses her digital platform to discuss race, feminism, politics, and inclusion.
@maiyathedon (New York, NY) – Maiya The Don is a Brooklyn-born Hip Hop artist known for her huge personality and bombastic punchlines, and she’s on a mission to make everyone feel as confident as she is. Maiya, a 20-year-old TikTok makeup artist and beautician, shot to fame with her new single “Telfy,” a tribute to the black-owned fashion label Telfar.
@brandonblackwoodnyc (Brooklyn, New York) – Brandon Blackwood, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, is the founder, creative director and CEO of his own label. A first-generation American of Jamaican and Chinese parents, he founded Brandon Blackwood NYC in 2015 and is deeply influenced by his personal life, as each bag is named after his family, close friends, or where he lived place named. He was also recently nominated for a CFDA Award for Best Accessories Designer, and his label has since grown into eyewear, outerwear and footwear.
@danessamyricksbeauty (Bethpage, NY) – Danessa Myrick has been a renowned makeup artist and educator for over 25 years. Her versatile products empower beauty lovers of all skin tones and skill levels to create, modify and explore a world of beauty without borders.
@juicybodygoddess (Charlotte, NC) – Summer Lucille is a Charlotte, NC-based creator and entrepreneur who fuses her love of fashion with developing women’s confidence through TikTok videos. She tells people they are appreciated and encourages everyone to love their shape, belly and body, no matter what size or weight.
@spicekitchengrill (Brentwood, MD) – Olumide Shokubi, founder and owner of Spice Kitchen, is a first generation Nigerian-American who is dedicated to reforming, educating and empowering Black people globally. General manager Marcus Bryan is trying to promote the appeal of black food by sharing this gem of West African street food with the world through creative videos on TikTok.
@urbandessertlab (New York, NY) – Urban Dessert Lab is the world’s first oat milk ice cream stand, founded by Courtney B. and Zan BR. The duo, who have a cult following and national media and celebrity recognition for their plant-based concoctions, which include handcrafted soft-serve ice cream, hard-serve ice cream, cakes, toppings and concoctions, have one location in New York City and a second A store is opening soon in West Hollywood, CA. Zan and Courtney regularly work with organizations that raise awareness of social justice issues and use TikTok as a platform for the community to interact, engage and share great content.