15 Black TikTok Creators Who Practically Deserve an Oscar
From makeup artists to dancers to racial educators.
It’s no secret that TikTok has taken social media by storm. While the app has been out since 2016 in China—and available in the U.S. since 2018, when it merged with Musical.ly—it wasn’t until 2019 and 2020 that the viral video app really started to take off here in the States.
With users like Addison Rae, Lil Huddy, and Charli D’Amelio regularly making headlines alongside some of the world’s top TikTok houses (houses occupied by groups of young creators and geared specifically toward creating content), one might think that the Tok is solely targeted toward young, white audiences. However, a quick scroll through the app will show just how untrue that is, as there are thousands of Black TikTok creators making waves across the social media platform.
If you can’t be bothered to endlessly scroll for yourself (though, once you download the app, you’ll quickly learn how easy it is to spend hours doing so), we’re here to help. Ahead you’ll find Black TikTok creators to follow ASAP.
Looking to laugh your ass off? Stacey Loper is here to help. Every day, she takes to TikTok to tell jokes to her husband, Joaquin. The (often dirty) quips are met with loads of laughter and Joaquin jokingly telling her to “Get out.” We bet you’ll be scrolling through her entire page after watching just one joke.
Young Yosa’s comedy is one of a kind and guaranteed to make you laugh. He has a series of videos dedicated solely to pissing off his African parents, and their reactions to his actions and singing will make you laugh yourself to tears. As if his comedic ways weren’t enough to warrant a follow, perhaps the fact that he builds schools across Africa will do the trick.
TikTok is known for voiceovers and lipsyncing, and no one does it better than miss Jhackie Love. She and her kids often take to the Tok to share the most hilarious dances and renditions to some of the app’s most popular sounds. Trust, her content is a true treat.
You know when you see stellar dance routines and you get full-body chills? Yeah, welcome to Mizz Ko’s feed. Her hair-flipping, booty-popping, beat-dropping moves will keep you entertained (and inspired to try your own) for hours on end.
Dancing on your own is one thing, but dancing in perfect synchronization is something else entirely. And let’s be clear: The Nae Nae twins—Zhané and Shayné (pronounced Je-nay and Sha-nay)—nail it every. Damn. Time.
If you’ve ever scrolled through TikTok, chances are you’ve seen the infamous Renegade dance. While Addison Rae and Charli D’Amelio rock it on the reg, it was 14-year-old Jalaiah Harmon who created the viral moves. And if you think that’s her only noteworthy piece of choreography, think again—her page has dozens.
When Rihanna opened her first Fenty Beauty TikTok house, Kamaboko Gonpachiro (@challxn) was one of her top picks to live there. The 6’2” blonde bombshell is not only a beauty wiz but a refreshingly real creator on the app.
Sam is a queer, Black, pro-fat creator taking the Tok by storm. While they only have around 8,000 followers (at the time of publication), all of their videos are so relatable you’ll want to watch each and every one.
If racial education is your goal, you must follow creator and activist Jackie James (aka @fatraco0n). While the teenager posts trendy content, the majority of her posts center around empowering Black people and other POC.
If activism, organization, books, and precious pups are your thing, look no further than Black Belt Babe. She regularly takes to the Tok to share everything from her hydration tips and lifeskill hacks to hairstyles and clips with her husband.
Need a little beauty inspo? Then Jessika’s feed will be a joy to scroll through. While she posts everything from trendy dance moves to pranks, it’s her hair content that leaves followers in awe.
Self-care, confidence tips, musical voiceovers, and makeovers are Aba Asante’s jam. Yours too? Give her a follow for endlessly positive, point-of-view content to follow each and every day.
Activist and middle school teacher Mr. Capehart will educate, entertain, and enlighten you on the daily. What more could you want during your daily scrolls?
Sese Meslayy is a bold beauty influencer incorporating bright colors, glow-in-the-dark finishes, and mind-bending illusions into the mix. After watching each of her videos, you’ll either want to copy her look or buy the products she’s using–or both!
Ready for some real-talk POV content? B Simone will make you feel seen with her all-too-relatable clips. By the end of her feed, you might just feel like you have a new virtual BFF.