Today, TikTok is unveiling its #BlackTikTok campaign to celebrate Black History Month. The platform kicks off Black History Month to celebrate #BlackTikTok – a defining the industry community that is continually initiating, innovating and setting trends, according to a statement shared with BLACK BUSINESS.
TikTok celebrates creators who have inspired mainstream audiences and continue to drive culture right now.
App celebrates and honors #BlackTikTok all month and beyond, with Pendry West Hollywood billboard takeover, new in-app stickers, black music playlists and lineup TikTok LIVE that spotlights black creators making waves on and off the platform.
For the month of February, TikTok will host LIVES that will spotlight Black creators, musicians, businesses and organizations. Starting February 4 and every week this month, TikTok will launch a variety of themed programs celebrating those who make an impact in the entertainment industry and in their community.
On February 23, TikTok will partner with iHeartRadio for iHeart Living Black!, a LIVE event celebrating black music on TikTok and beyond. Hosted by DJ envythe LIVE show features an all-star lineup of performances from A-List talent, including Lizzo, Big Sean, SHE, Lil Durk, Moneybagg Yo and Ari Lennox and will feature special appearances by Saweetieradio personalities like Charlamagne and Angela Yeeactress Niece Nash and much more. Tune in Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on @iheartradio to see iHeartLivingBlack and help celebrate the culture.
Throughout February, hit the hashtag #BlackMusic to see the art form’s vast array on TikTok, ranging from genre-defining and chart-busting hits to Lil Nas X Where 24kGoldR&B sounding sweet like OVERLOOK and Muni Long, rock music from newcomers like WILLOW and legends like chuck berry. Check out the tag to view live performance clips, relive memorable moments, learn about sampling and tweens, listen to verses from talented creators, and enjoy music from rap stars like Megan you stallion, Gunna, Coi Leray, Naughty Santana and many more.
The app looks forward to honoring and celebrating the excellence that is #BlackTikTok, by sharing the stories of black creators this month and throughout the year, according to a press release. To stay up to date with the #BlackTikTok community, be sure to follow @BlackTikTok, a space dedicated to black creatives and committed to shining a light on the stories and content of black creators shaping TikTok and culture. You can also check out the #BlackTikTok hub via the Discover banner on the TikTok app to see upcoming events and highlights.
Black TikTok Pioneers 2022
TikTok is thrilled to announce the 2022 Black TikTok Trailblazers. These creators are the next generation of entertainment leaders, nominated by the TikTok community for their creativity, passion, and authenticity. Trailblazers participate in campaign events and share their stories throughout Black History Month, helping to amplify the #BlackTikTok community.
— @artbydemarcusshawn – FromMarcus is a creator who captures everyday moments with light comedy for over 5 million followers.
— @cultureunfiltered – Culture Unfiltered is run by a former radio host and music blogger masani moussa. It is a hub for music discovery and dialogue around popular culture and new trends in music.
— @emmanuelduverneau – Emmanuel Duverneau is a 25-year-old content creator whose love for experimentation in the kitchen stems from his mother’s cooking lessons. Emmanuel shares his passion for both dancing and cooking on TikTok and hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams and keep doing what they love.
— @grace_africa – Grace is a comedienne and nurse, known for sharing popular impersonations and relatable comedy on TikTok. Through her career as a nurse, she uses her platform to share humorous content with an educational touch.
— @immarollwithit — mya is a tree-hugging, sun-loving, self-styled “roller lady” who radiates warmth and positivity wherever she goes. As a creator with a disability, she shares her joy and passions through dance and shares her experiences, while teaching and empowering her communities with educational content.
— @keke.janajah – Keara Wilson is a 20-year-old dancer and choreographer who creates and shares dance videos on TikTok for fun. She was recognized as a 2021 author on The discovery list to create the popular wild dance to Megan Thee Stallion’s hit song and plans to get certified to become a group fitness instructor to further her career.
— @megagonefree – MegaGoneFree is an independent Black LGBTQ+ artist who shares her positive and powerful voice associated with soul melodies on TikTok. As a black woman occupying a genre without many dominant black voices, she aims to create music that spreads a message of love, openness and empathy with her millions of followers.
— @sambafilms – Samba is an artist and filmmaker who combines his interest in culture and cinematography through videos on TikTok. He approaches visual storytelling through the lens of powerful images, messages and emotions, and has worked with brands like Netflix, Nike and Google.
— @themomtrotter — Kay is an entrepreneur and travel enthusiast who has traveled to over 36 countries with her family and currently travels across the United States full-time in an RV with her husband and 8-year-old child. She is passionate about sharing content on TikTok around finance, parenting and lifestyle, to show another way of living.
— @thesweetimpact – Robert is an IT professional and self-taught cake artist who shares the process behind his cake creations on TikTok. He is known for his fantastic artistic talent, modeling cakes after iconic pop culture references like Nike Air Jordans, Beauty and the Beast, Space Jam and more. He was honored as a Foodie on The discovery list for his creations.
— @tonyweaverjr – Tony Weaver, Jr. is an award-winning storyteller known for share his love for anime and manga on TikTok. He is the creator of The UnCommons, an award-winning webcomic series, the founder of Weird Enough Productions, a national non-profit organization, and was the first comic book writer to be nominated for Forbes 30 Under 30.
— @yeahitsak – Akintoye is a hip-hop artist who shares his unique lyrics and creative, groovy rap videos on TikTok. His growing popularity on the app inspired him to release his own music in early 2022.