The Brief: These TikTokers are dedicated to using their platforms to spread awareness about racial inequality, women's empowerment, and the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community.
TikTok’s silly dance days have officially taken a backseat. The short-form video platform is seeing the rise of a new TikTok star and they are the ones with important messages at hand. While trending songs, dance moves, and even graphics are included in some of their videos, so are their own interesting, unique, and informative takes on social justice issues.
These creators are taking a stand against inequality posed towards different races, genders, and sexual orientations. They want to evoke real change and are doing so through virtual activism.
From organizing online protests against unfair censorship to throwing virtual empowerment events for the LGBTQIA+ community, these TikTokers are working towards creating a more harmonious community both on and offline.
As of recent, there’s a notable shift in the tone of TikTok, with many creators using their accounts to raise awareness about causes they believe in.With that in mind, StayHipp would like to highlight creators working towards a better tomorrow.
James is an activist who uses TikTok to empower the Black community and specifically Black women. James also uses her platform to shut down hateful rhetoric while exposing white Supremacists on the app. Her videos consist primarily of short clips spoken to the camera, duets, and video replies to rude comments.
Iman is the teen behind the #ImBlackMovement on TikTok on May 19. She organized an online demonstration where black creators and their allies protested unfair censorhip on the app. TikTokers changed their default photos to Black power fists, only engaged with content from Black creators that day, and left the comments #ImBlackMovement and #BlackVoicesHeard under videos.
Iman’s account is dedicated to keeping TikTokers informed on issues disproportionately affecting the Black community. As of late, she’s been dancing to trending songs on the app while relaying updates about protests in major cities to her followers.
stay safe y’all 🖤🖤🖤
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Taylor uses her TikTok to explain Black history, highlighting many lesser known Black historical figures while she debunks myths about racial inequality and civil rights. She’s also a self-care advocate and creates videos around wellness and self-love while incorporating popular TikTok trends.
Fox is a LGBTQIA+ activist. She created Virtual Pride 2K20, a month-long celebration for community members and allies to engage in live discussions, Q&As, and educational videos across TikTok, Twitter, Twitch, Instagram, and Facebook. She’s committed to building a community through Virtual Pride and hopes her generation can change the world.
Remember it takes time! Just take a deep breath!!!
Lakewood Papi, Uncle Lo
Lakewood Papi, aka, Uncle Lo is a cultural commentator and political pundit in his own right. He uses his TikTok to react to Donald Trump’s tweets and break down the latest political news for his audience.
WowHadiya is the co-founder of The University Of Diversity on TikTok. The account was created after Hype House emerged in December 2019. The TikTok accepted “applications” from creators of all ages and backgrounds to be posted and promoted on the website for the year. Many of the accepted creators cross-collab with one another from their respective homes. The audition process has since closed, but the account still posts videos from their class of 2020.
Hadiya’s own account is marked by videos promoting women and the empowerment of minorities.
Some of y’all are forgetting what the protest is ment for in the first place and it shows
Creator Maggi Ann, aka @SadBadBee, uses her TikTok account to correct commentary on racial injustice. Her videos tend to incorporate the lip-sync trend to punctuate answers to rhetorical questions or ignorant takes on race relations.
Alluring Skull helped spread the word about the #ImBlackMovement on TikTok. Their account is known for witty responses to hate speech and racist comments. They also use trendy TikTok dances and music to spread awareness.
Creator @youwishiwasyourgranny is dedicated to spreading awareness and speaking out about domestic violence and women’s rights. The elderly TikToker’s account typically consists of lip-syncing and her own take on popular trends and sounds.
The Feminine Sisters Of TikTok
Emma and Floli are sisters using their TikTok to bring awareness to male privilege. They typically dance while facts appear on screen. They also spread awareness about white privilege and misogynoir (prejudice and discrimination towards Black women based on both race and gender).