There’s a long history of Black creators creating trends without being properly credited for their work. Kayla Newman, better known as Peaches Monroee, came up with the catchphrase “on fleek” back in 2014 on Vine. At the time, Monroee was not properly compensated for her catchphrase with brands like Forever 21 using the saying without her permission.
This would not be the last instance of a Black creator being improperly credited or poorly compensated after creating a popular trend. Controversy arose on TikTok in 2020 when Jalaiah Harmon, the original creator of the Renegade dance, was not credited for her work while white Tiktokers like Charli D’Amelio and Addison Rae gained popularity and high-profile career opportunities for using Harmon’s original dance.
Black creators regularly face more adversities than their white counterparts from their work being stolen, to being underpaid, and not receiving the same career opportunities. This is why it’s important to shine a light and support Black creators. Here are 10 Black creators who make TikTok what it is.
TikTok creator Khae is the brains behind popular TikTok sounds such as “I have a question and don’t fight me, cause I know how you girls like to tussle” and “The girls that get it, get it and the girls that don’t, don’t.” Accidentally going viral with these popular sounds, Khae has revolutionized TikTok with brands like Boohoo even going as far as to use her popular phrases for marketing.
TikTok sensation, Anayka She is known for her hilarious comedy videos on the platform. Anayka grew to popularity on TikTok through making short-form comedy videos speaking her unfiltered thoughts. She is also an R&B singer. She has released songs such as “Confused”, “Let You Go”, and “Love Me” available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud, and Youtube.
Niccoya Thomas is a comedy content creator who rose to fame on TikTok for her celebrity interactions with popular recording artists. Nicccoya showed viewers that she is more than a funny face when she qualified for the 2021 Miss Tennessee Teen USA Preliminary.
Content creator lipglossssssssss is known on TikTok for her comedic commentary and think pieces on the relationship dynamics between men and women. Lipglossssssssss is unafraid to speak her mind and offer viewers some critical advice while still keeping it funny.
Cultureunfiltered is a music and pop culture analysis TikTok account run by Masani Musa. On the account, Masani features segments like “New Music Friday” where she recaps all the new music that comes out. Masani also utilizes her platform to showcase underrated artists to the viewers.
Alyssa Mosley better known as Cherryemojixo on TikTok is known for her trend researching and styling videos. Alyssa is known for educating viewers on the latest high fashion runway collections and highlighting emerging smaller designers. Alyssa’s TikTok catalog also includes videos on how she would style celebrities like SZA and Megan Thee Stallion.
Jordan’s TikTok account, Jordanmaryadele‘s reports on pop culture trends from the early 2000s and current pop culture moments. In need of a pop culture history lesson? Check out her ”deep dives” series on TikTok where she talks about pop culture from the 2000s and 2010s.
Pierrah is a TikToker who specializes in fashion content geared towards Black-owned brands. Pierrah’s videos educate viewers on Black-owned brands while also offering styling advice. Looking for new Black-owned brands to support? Check out Pierrah’s TikTok for some inspiration.
TikToker Danessyauguste is known on the app for her hilarious realistic POV sketches. In her videos, Danessy will act out comedic scenarios that we can all relate to. Looking for a laugh? Stop by Danessyauguste’s TikTok page.
TikToker Aliyahsinterlude is known on the app for her uplifting self-confidence videos. Aliyah is also known for her comedic videos where she unapologetically says what’s on her mind. Check out Aliyahsinterlude’s TikTok for a boost of confidence or just a laugh.
Who is your favorite Black TikToker? Let us know in the comments.