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'This Is A Whole Dream Come True' — TikToker Lands Paycheck From KFC For Viral 'Scrumdilly Yum Yum' Sound

One of the sounds by a TikTok creator that started as a “scrapped draft” has now secured him a paycheck from a big-name company.

Ngozi Nwanji

Apr 4, 2023

TikTok Helped Creator Leon Ondieki Pay Tuition — Now, The Platform's Being Banned On College Campuses

Man on the street videos is one of the most popular types of content on TikTok. For TikToker Leon Ondieki, filming TikToks on college campuses has helped him rake in 2.1 million followers, as of this writing. @leon.ond How many did you know #college #interview #fyp ♬ original sound – Leon Ondieki However, a ban on the social media giant across U.S. universities has become a hindrance.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 19, 2023

TikToker Claims He Helped Cinnabon's Cookies Sell Out Nationwide — 'What’d They Offer Me? Free Cookies'

On a daily basis, Black content creators show and tell their influence across social media. For instance, let’s take a look at Keith Lee — the TikToker has become known for putting his five million followers, as of this writing, onto the food they should try through his popular taste tests.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 20, 2022

Here's How One TikToker Claims She Juggles Four WFH Jobs And Distributes Her Earnings

Employees being able to work from home (WFH ) has opened the door for not only new opportunities but also better time management. When it comes to “Play smarter, not harder,” TikToker (@calirowe) has learned to master it on her own terms.

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 9, 2022

Khaby Lame, The Most-Followed TikToker In The World, Reportedly Earned $10M In 2021

Khaby Lame has quickly become one of the most sought-out acts on social media. Now, a recent report from Forbes is detailing the big bucks that come with being the most-followed TikToker in the world. @khaby.lame It’s better to run ma g 🤣 🏃🏿‍♂️ 🦁 #learnfromkhaby #learnontiktok @TikTok @tiktok creators ♬ suono originale – Khabane lame

Shanique Yates

Sep 6, 2022

McDonald's Taps TikTok Viral Sensation Tisakorean To Produce Its New Sprite Anthem

McDonald’s Sprite sending people into sensory overload has been an ongoing joke on social media. Now, the fast-food company has turned the comedic posts into a new anthem. @tisakorean #ad siLLy static _ mCdOnaLds 🤪 #McDonaldsStaticSprite ♬ Static – TisaKorean feat Sprite from McDonald’s

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 30, 2022

Khaby Lame Joins Forces With Binance To Debunk Misinformation Around Web3

Khaby Lame is coming in hot as the newly most-followed TikToker. According to a press release, the Senegalese-Italian creator has signed off on a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange company Binance.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 1, 2022

22-Year-Old Khaby Lame Becomes The Most-Followed TikToker In The World Without Saying A Word

Well, he did it. At 22-years-old, Senegalese-born comedian, Khabane Lame, has become the most-followed content creator on TikTok. Posting under the name @khaby.lame, he recently surpassed American-based content creator Charli D’Amelio, who previously held the top spot. @khaby.lame Happy Sunday: My friend’s mood 🤣 🥺how many times it happened to you❓ #learnfromkhaby #learnontiktok @tiktok ♬ suono originale – Khabane lame

Josh Rodgers

Jun 23, 2022

10 Black Women Tech Influencers That Are Using Their Platforms To Help Others Break Into The Industry

Seeing a Black woman break into the tech industry is always an accomplishment to celebrate, but what makes the win even more major is how they lift up others along with them. In the age of social media, the underrepresented group is not only sharing their experiences in their fields but also using their platforms to create a domino effect of Black talent going from sending in their resumes to signing job offer letters. Here are 10 Black women tech influencers who are working with big names like Google, Meta, and Microsoft that are teaching the ins and outs of the industry to help bring more of the community on board.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 9, 2022

Saucy Santana Credits His Rise To Stardom On TikTok To 'Just Being Authentic'

It’s an undeniable fact that Saucy Santana has heavily influenced TikTok culture. The rapper took the platform by storm with his popular track “Walk,” which had both influencers and celebrities alike recording their best Naomi Campbell-Esque runway walk. @saucysantana Walk @spencewuah #walkchallengesantana #MyRoutine #Mystyle #Dailyvlog #wordsofwisdom #fyp #outfit #bodypositivity ♬ original sound – Saucy Santana Following viral challenges such as his one for “Walk,” AfroTech previously reported that Billboard introduced the Song Breaker Chart — its first-ever creator-centered music chart — for artists like Santana who are breaking the mold of what it takes to be considered a star in the industry. In addition to “Walk,” his choreography for “Here We Go” can still be seen in countless TikTok videos, as well as the phrase “Material Gworl,” which is practically inescapable. Based on these tracks alone, it may be safe to say that Santana is a blueprint for running numbers up on the...

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 11, 2022

Meet Mattaniah Aytenfsu, The Viral UX Engineer Giving You A Front Row Seat To Black History On TikTok

When taking a look at Mattaniah Aytenfsu’s resume, your first guess wouldn’t be that she had no prior experience within her pursued field going into her freshman year of college. While balancing being a student in college, the young science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) student worked with the likes of NASA and TaskRabbit — which eventually led to Google. At 24-years-old, Aytenfsu is a UX engineer for YouTube and a budding TikTok influencer.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 10, 2022

TikTok Star Khaby Lame Snags Multiyear Deal With The Iconic Hugo Boss

The price for TikToker Khaby Lame keeps going up! AfroTech previously shared that Lame collaborated with Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a promotional video back in November 2021. Just a few months later, the second most-followed TikToker is now hopping from the Metaverse and into his fashion bag. Lame has signed a multiyear partnership with the iconic fashion line Hugo Boss, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “What an honor to be a @boss #BeYourOwnBOSS,” Lame shared via Instagram. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Khaby Lame (@khaby00)

Ngozi Nwanji

Jan 31, 2022

How A $50K TikTok Grant Amplified This Artist's Mission For Black Representation In Art

Artist Vegalia Jean-Pierre’s journey as a TikToker opened up opportunities for her dream to build innovative products. In 2020, the Minnesota native launched her TikTok account, where she amplifies representation for the community through drawing Black cartoon characters, as well as social activism following the passing of George Floyd. Jean-Pierre’s social media presence — now at over 500,000 followers — landed the young artist a $50,000 TikTok grant to grow her innovative business, by.Vegalia. As previously reported by AfroTech, TikTok and MACRO awarded 10 Black creators, including Jean-Pierre, with $500,000 in grants. The young entrepreneur’s brand is her own set of digital brushes that draw Black hair textures including braids, curls, locs, twists and more. @byvegalia The curl brushes are for Procreate. Photoshop and CSP! What software would you like to see them on next? #brushbyvegalia ♬ WFM – Realestk  

Ngozi Nwanji

Dec 10, 2021

TikTok Taps Shavone Charles As Its First-Ever Head Of Diversity And Inclusion Communications

Things are looking to be headed in the right direction for Black TikTok creators when it comes to getting their long-overdue credit with the platform’s latest team addition. TikTok recently announced Shavone Charles, former director of communications and creative partnerships at VSCO, as the platform’s first-ever head of diversity and inclusion communications. According to Adweek, the multi-hyphenate creative will “lead all diversity and inclusion communications globally, overseeing the video creation platform’s multicultural campaigns in collaboration with media and diverse creators.” Although Charles is stepping into a newly formed role at TikTok, the now Los Angeles-based executive is in familiar territory when it comes to being a trailblazer in major tech companies’ diversity departments. While at VSCO, she led strategic brand partnerships and product campaigns across key consumer interest verticals youth culture, community, diversity/inclusion, entertainment and fashion,...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 22, 2021

Look At Him Now: Mark Zuckerberg Taps Second Most Followed TikToker Khaby Lame To Promo Facebook's Metaverse

TikToker Khaby Lame has now taken his talents to the metaverse — specifically Facebook’s metaverse. Insider reports that the second-most-popular TikToker in the world collaborated with CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a new promotional video for Meta. Lame is widely known for making things look easy and in the video, he teleports to various locations by touching his forehead. In just 21 seconds, he travels to a game of chess, a house, a cycling room and a beach. “Your home is your personal space, from which you can teleport to anywhere you want,” Zuckerberg said in the promotional video. “Teleporting around the metaverse is going to be like clicking a link on the internet.” The video went live on Oct. 30 on both Lame’s Instagram and Meta’s official Twitter account, with the caption: “No one makes jumping around the metaverse look easier than Khaby Lame.” No one makes jumping around the metaverse look easier than @KhabyLame — Meta (@Meta)...

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 2, 2021