In honor of Black History Month, TikTok has unveiled its first-ever Visionary Voices list. The app highlights 15 personalities across three different categories (Creators, Industry Disruptors and Small Business Owners) in order to shine a light on their impact on the community and overall culture.
“We’re thrilled to kick off our celebration of Black History Month by unveiling our first-ever Visionary Voices list, honoring some of the most brilliant, trendsetting creators, changemakers and small businesses across #BlackTikTok,” Shavone Charles, TikTok’s head of diversity and inclusion communications, told In The Know by Yahoo. “This Black History Month and year-round, we’re proud to celebrate the collective brilliance and visionary impact of our Black creator community.”
In addition to the Visionary Voices list, TikTok has designated hashtags within the app to provide a space for Black creators to receive praise, such as #BlackTikTok, #BlackGirlMagic and #SupportBlack.
Here are the Visionary Voices TikTok is celebrating for “making an impact and raising the bar in media and entertainment.”
- @_itzpsyiconic_ (Houston) — Kelon has made a name for himself through a myriad of characters and has some of the most interesting TikTok lives on the app.
- @cozy.games (San Francisco) — If there is anything to gain from Kennedy’s page, it’s that coziness is applicable to any part of your life. Through gaming and general lifestyle videos, she aims to show the world just how cozy life can be.
- @emmanuel.uddenberg (Toronto) — Emmanuel is a Canadian fashion creator who thinks that less is more. His clean, modern wardrobe is always evolving, and his transparency of his process comes through in his videos.
- @kahlilgreene (New York) — Kahlil Greene is a Yale graduate who aims to educate his generation on the past in order to help them understand the present systems in place.
- @xoxoemira (New York) — Emira D’Spain is a transgender model and online personality who uses humor and authenticity to make great beauty and style videos.
- @chikybombomreal (Miami) — Lisette Eduardo, a Dominican Republic native, is as well-rounded as a creator can be. From having a giant social media presence to being a great businesswoman, she is certainly putting the industry on notice.
- @icespicee (New York) — Ice Spice went viral in 2022 for her song “Munch (Feelin’ U)” and hasn’t looked back since. Her presence in the music industry is already a massive one, and her profile is only growing.
- @keith_lee125 (Las Vegas) — Keith Lee is using authentic food reviews to highlight local businesses that are simply lacking exposure. Lee gives his truthful take on the food but is also able to use his platform to help small businesses.
- @lynaevanee (Atlanta) — Lynae Vanee is a Spelman College graduate (with a master’s degree) who does it all. She writes, produces and directs while using her platform to discuss race, feminism and inclusivity.
- @maiyathedon (New York) — Maiya the Don is a 20-year-old hip-hop artist who is going viral for her song “Telfy.” Don began her career as a makeup artist and has shown that successfully pivoting to something new is achievable.
Small Business Owners
- @brandonblackwoodnyc (Brooklyn, N.Y.) — Brandon Blackwood is a first-generation American born to Jamaican and Chinese parents in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. He created Brandon Blackwood NYC in 2015. After recently being nominated for an award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, the brand is expanding to create more products than handbags.
- @danessamyricksbeauty (Bethpage, N.Y.) — Danessa Myricks has been a makeup artist for over 25 years and continues to evolve and create beauty products that are inclusive of all skin tones.
- @juicybodygoddess (Charlotte, N.C.) — Summer Lucille uses her personal love for fashion and body-positive messaging to give great styling advice while also building confidence in her audience.
- @spicekitchengrill (Brentwood, Md.) — Olumide Shokunbi is the founder of Spice Kitchen. He works alongside general manager Marcus Bryan. Together, the two aim to celebrate Black cuisine while also empowering Black people everywhere.
- @urbandessertlab (New York) — Courtney Blagrove. and Zan B.R. are the co-founders of Urban Dessert Lab, the world’s first oat-milk ice crème shoppe. These two sisters use their platform and food to partner with organizations that specialize in social justice issues.
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