TikTok trend forces users to confront the harshness of reality

People on TikTok are making fun of an old movie trope with the “Hopeful for Today” trend. 

It all started when Black TikTokers created a meme that poked fun at the end credits of Black movies, according to StayHipp. The films usually feature character updates that range from inspiring to upsetting. Now, the trend has taken on new life. 

What is the “Hopeful for Today” meme on TikTok? 


One creator went viral for his “End of Black movies be like…” video, which started the meme. The TikTok earned over 1.4 million likes. It featured @deekaaytv portraying different movie characters. 

“Jamal went on to play basketball at Duke,” the caption read. Then the freeze-frame hit as he played mini basketball. 

“Kenny lost his life to gang violence,” the video said and @deekaaytv appeared with a crossbow and Joker face mask. 

The viral video used the song “Hope” by Twista and Faith Evans and subsequently launched a thousand memes. 

What inspired the “Hopeful for Today” trend?

According to TikTok historial Khalil Greene, the trend, which is also known as the “Hope Challenge,” mimics the end of Black movies. The song “Hope” played at the end of Coach Carter, a movie about an academically underperforming basketball team.

The original trend had a sort of “where are they now” effect that was popularized by the Black film community through movies like Remember the Titans and Coley High. The movies ended with freeze frames and gave updates on the characters’ lives.

Some examples of the “Hopeful for Today” meme:

After a while, the trend just became a way to point out irony in various situations.


Influencer Chad Epps was inspired by @deekaaytv to create his own version. In his video, the character endings ranged from bank robbery to LSU scholarships and working at a barbershop. 


@official_lighting used the meme to mock his own driving skills. 


Then @lil.pump3 got out of meeting up with some friends she didn’t want to see. 

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Hope Challenge – TIkTok

Share something that happened in the future that ironically contradicts what they were expecting to happenOriginally done to mimic the end of Black movies by @deekaytvThe song “Hope” is known for its use at the end of Coach Carter (2005) a movie about an academically underperforming basketball teamThe “where are they now” movie trope was popularized by the Black film community through movies like Remember the Titans and Cooley High which ended with freeze frames and gave life updates

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