TikTok user Natasha (@tashathecaptain) worked as a tech lead at a drink distribution company. She helped create new systems to help support drivers who may have experienced technical issues traveling across the country. After three years, she decided to resign after feeling overworked, underpaid, and a lack of recognition for some of the new initiatives she had implemented and created to help build the company. After attending her first-ever tech conference in Colorado, Natasha was taken aback by the lack of diversity. After realizing she was the only Black woman
Failing to credit Black creators will cost platforms and TikTok is one firm that’s not trying to be a part of that mess – again. The Bytedance-owned app is introducing the first iteration of creator-crediting tools that will enable — and encourage — users to link back to the videos of TikTok creators and trend originators. The new TikTok tools, rolling out over the next few weeks, will let creators directly tag and credit others through a new button in the app. Kudzi Chikumbu, TikTok’s U.S. director of the creator
Abibat Adesanya, a Nigerian TikToker, is helping viewers to connect and appreciate their mother-tongue, Yoruba, by making informative videos about the language and Nigerian culture. In short – she’s helping to dismantle the idea that it’s ever ‘too late’ to get in touch with your roots. Why can’t you speak your language?” A question that sounds so simple but the answer is usually much more complicated. A question that sometimes fills many – mostly those from the diaspora – with fear of ridicule from friends – or worse, family. But
Black creators say they were excluded from a TikTok event for Black History Month, which featured the self-acclaimed ‘queen of rap’ Nicki Minaj.
Lame, TikTok’s second most-followed creator with 130 million followers, has partnered with Hugo Boss to star in a campaign surrounding its re-brand. Lame will also co-design a capsule collection with the fashion label as part of a multi-year pact. BOSS’ Rebrand The iconic brand has drafted supermodels, social media sensations, and world-class athletes for a celebrity campaign designed to usher in a new era for core brand BOSS after nearly 50 years. Lame will appear in the campaign alongside Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, model Joan Smalls, South Korean actor Lee Min-ho, rapper Future, boxer Anthony Joshua, tennis pro Matteo
Forbes has just released its list of highest TikTok earners, and none of them are Black despite Khaby Lame being one of the app’s most-followed social media personalities. The platform’s highest-paid influencers collectively hauled in $55.5 million in 2021, a 200% increase from a year earlier. One of the top accounts on the app belongs to Khaby Lame, who has nearly 127 million followers on the platform as of this writing. This is slightly less than Charli D’Amelio, who has 133 million followers — just about 6 million more than Lame. Yet,
A Black Tiktok coder is going viral today after creating a code to oppose a Texas law banning women from having an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. The law, which has already received backlash from dozens of people in the state, relies on private citizens to sue anyone who helps a woman get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. While some have protested or turned to social media to share their frustrations – Sean Black, known as “black_madness21” on the popular social media app, wrote a computer