In an age where social platforms hold the power to amplify voices and foster communities, TikTok stands out in its celebration of black history, not just for a month but throughout the year.
The platform’s dedication to lifting black voices is a testament to the vibrant and influential #BlackTikTok community that continues to shape creativity and drive change across multiple industries.
Visionary Voices Recognized
This Black History Month, TikTok is proud to unveil the 2024 #BlackTikTok Visionary Voices list. This prestigious roster honors black creators, entrepreneurs, and industry disruptors who have positively impacted the platform and beyond.
Their creative endeavors span across fields such as beauty, education, health, fashion, food, music, and activism, forging new paths and inspiring a generation.
In the Limelight: Industry Innovators
Each creator has a unique story that resonates with millions of people. Aliyah’s Interlude merges music with fashion, creating the “Aliyahcore” trend, while Taylor Lindsay-Noel’s journey from a gymnastics prodigy to a paralysis survivor and now a change advocate has been nothing short of inspirational.
Ms. Hassan, through her teacher outfit videos, empowers educators with style and pedagogy, and Daven Gates shares his culinary passion to support mental health awareness. These stories only scratch the surface of the profound influence these creators have.
Small Businesses Taking Center Stage
TikTok’s celebration extends to black-owned small businesses that have thrived despite the challenges. From Lorvae Eyewear’s fashionable statement to Pochi Goods’ innovative take on everyday accessories and Realm Candles’ vegan, handmade products, these entrepreneurs showcase the spirit of innovation and determination.
Celebratory events and initiatives
A series of in-app initiatives and real-life events mark the month’s celebrations. The #ShopBlack program features black-owned businesses, while the in-app livestream events and #BlackMusic playlists engage users with cultural and creative content.
The Visionary Voices Black Hollywood Brunch and partnerships for exclusive movie screenings highlight TikTok’s commitment to integrating online influence with tangible experiences.
Artistic Homage to Black History
A commissioned mural by artist Fabian Williams in Atlanta is set to be unveiled, symbolizing black liberation and joy. This artistic initiative pays homage to the historical and modern-day achievements of black creatives.
The Innovate Together TikTok Grant Program, in partnership with Black Girl Ventures, reflects TikTok’s continued investment in the black community. By providing financial support and mentorship, TikTok empowers entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and create content that resonates with their audience.
Big Screen, Bigger Impact
In a groundbreaking initiative, TikTok takes the #BlackTikTok Visionary Voices to the cinema. Partnering with Screenvision Media, this move spotlights these inspiring figures on screens across the nation, bringing the influence of digital creation to traditional media.
TikTok’s internal employee resource group, BLXCK, plays a pivotal role in promoting an inclusive company culture. By highlighting the stories of #BlackTikTok employees and organizing celebrations, TikTok fosters a workspace that values and uplifts black voices.
As TikTok continues to celebrate the excellence of #BlackTikTok this month and beyond, the platform encourages users to follow the journey, engage with the content, and partake in the celebration of black excellence that reverberates far beyond the confines of the app.