#YoutubeBlack FanFest shows the power of young black creatives
A celebration of freedom as a Black content creator.
For a lot of Black creatives, all they need is a camera and a digital platform to make magic.
That’s why Howard University recently teamed up with Youtube and Youtube Black Hollywood to put on their second annual YouTube Black Fanfest. That’s why thousands of Howard University students and fans of Youtube Sensations packed Cramton Auditorium to celebrate the black content creators on their platform.
The event was hosted by comedic group “Dormtainment” who started their Youtube career in the comfort of their own dorm rooms. They now have over 1.1 million subscribers on Youtube.
Fans also had the opportunity to sit in the audience and watch some of their favorite YouTubers perform on stage, whether it be their original standups, skits or music, everyone in attendance was in for a treat.
Ari Lennox, the first lady of Dreamville Records, (the music label created by hit rapper J-Cole), took the stage to perform her latest single “Whipped Cream,” and also shared how thankful she is for the YouTube platform.
“I just started doing covers, from Bilal to Aaliyah and I gained a lot of supporters just constantly dropping covers,” says Lenox.
Youtube continues to be the go-to platform for self-starting creatives to showcase their talents and gain support. Everyone’s favorite awkward black girl, Issa Rae, began her show on Youtube and is now three seasons in on HBO with her show ‘Insecure.’
You never know where it can take you.
Summerella –a budding artist in the music industry– also shared her sentiments about the platform.
“Every Black creator should go on YouTube and make that check. You never know who you are helping in the world.”