Meet the U.S. and Canada #YouTubeBlack Voices Creator Class of 2022
Jan 27, 2022 – minute read
Black creators have played an important role in shaping the culture on YouTube. From fashion and comedy to politics, learning and wellness, Black creators have propelled our platform forward.
In 2020, we announced the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which was created to directly support Black creators and artists so that they can thrive on YouTube. Last year, we announced our first class of 133 creators and artists from around the world who went on to hit subscriber milestones, be nominated for a NAACP Image award, lead meaningful discussions related to Black life and culture, become full time YouTube creators and produce a Juneteenth special.
We’re building on that momentum today, and are excited to introduce you to our 2022 North American #YouTubeBlack Voices creator grantees! These 40 creators from the U.S. and Canada are adventurers, lawyers, tech experts, comedians, yogis, teachers and more.
Over the next year, we’ll continue to work closely with these creators, offering them dedicated partner support, seed funding invested into the development of their channels, and participation in an intensive development program that will focus on training in production, community engagement and wellbeing, followed by ongoing workshops and networking programs.
We look forward to seeing what this talented, brilliant, passionate and driven community of creators does next, and we’re honored to be a part of their journeys.
Here are the 2022 #YouTubeBlack Voices creators!
Loui is an African-American and Filipino creator who makes videos around her travels and outdoor adventures around the world. She enjoys documenting her experiences hiking, exploring new destinations and pushing the limits of her comfort zone. She also loves to help other women of color realize their own adventurous dreams and inspiring them to go outside.
Aliyah is a lifestyle creator who shares content about her life at college, such as studying videos and organization hacks. She also focuses on vlogs, health, and fashion hauls to help inspire others.
Andru’s content is focused on his love and passion for consumer electronics, gadgets, and gaming. He started making tech-focused videos, full-time, in 2006 as a way to supplement the content on his technology and pop culture blog, Gear Live. Now his channel is one of the top destinations for technology advice and reviews.
Angela is an award-winning host, social justice advocate, lawyer, commentator, and self-described empowermenteur. Her no holds barred commentary about social justice, politics, culture, and history has resonated with people and sparked conversations about the state of America. With more than 15 years of political strategy and social responsibility experience, she works to open doors for her peers and the next generation.
Black Mixture is a popular YouTube channel started by Nate & Chriselle Dwarika, two art nerds born on opposite sides of the globe, that fatefully met in a high school math class. The couple, along with their dog Gabe, make videos that teach media production and design skills in hopes to inspire art study and higher education within the community.
Bree is an athlete, model, entrepreneur and entertainer who has played basketball at all levels, from D1 to pro ball. Her channel includes behind-the-scenes videos, challenges and content around being an athlete. Her goal is to inspire and live by the phrase, “Be Humble, Be Dope.”
George Lee’s engaging and entertaining style introduces listeners to critical tips, techniques and skills that foster a stronger foundation of purpose for professional development and diversity inclusion. Lee believes in the educational power of discomfort and always deploys what he calls “purposeful provocative” that spurs critical engagement, pushes limits of perspective and sparks thought provoking descriptive analysis and prescriptive solutions.
Chris is a former Harlem Globetrotter-turned-YouTube creator who posts content about basketball, especially slam dunking. He’s a two-time Guinness World Record holder, achieving the most blindfolded basketball slam dunks in one minute and the most 360-basketball-slam-dunks-in-30-seconds titles.
Corey is a lifestyle creator who shares knowledge and inspiration on simplistic living and creating a life of purpose. He loves giving tips on how to start a journey to minimalism and creates content for those who are ready to expand their horizon, adopt a new lifestyle and embrace change.
Crissa is a basketball player, actress, comedian, and model who creates YouTube videos of elaborate basketball tricks and comedy sketches. She’s also the 13th female to ever play on the renowned Harlem Globetrotters.
Darryl creates comedy skits full time. His goal is simply to make people feel better by providing laughter on those bad days, or those days when things simply just don't seem to be going well. He lives by the quote from Madeleine L'Engle that goes, “A good laugh heals a lot of hurts.”
Dr. Stephens is a board-certified dermatologist who is passionate about helping people reach their skin health goals in a skin inclusive community. Her background is in cosmetic chemistry, and in her videos, she uses her expertise to provide viewers the truth about skincare.
Elle has taken her fascination for "unconventional" pets and turned it into a career. She shares her passion of animals with others by making content all about the reptiles, amphibians, and spiders she keeps as pets
Hallease (pronounced Hall - lease) is a video producer, editor and digital storyteller. She developed a love of video early on in life, and has since created her YouTube channel where she catalogs her life through short films reviews and occasional collaborations.
Hellah Sidibe started running every day since May 15, 2017 and hasn’t stopped since. A Malian-born vegan athlete and former pro soccer player, he strives to inspire and change lives by sharing his journey and challenges on YouTube.
Rumi started out by documenting his college experience on YouTube. Now, he is a television and pop culture commentator, giving his unfiltered opinions and critiques on the latest shows and pop culture topics.
Troi is known for her content in The Sims 4 with the modding community, where she teaches people how to mod your game safely and make it better. She enjoys a variety of games and inherited her love of gaming from her mother, who is still an avid gamer.
Formerly known as LipsticknCurls, Jade recently renamed and refocused her channel to expand past beauty content to encompass her life as a wife and mother, as well. She shares an array of beauty tutorials, lifestyle, and inspirational content, as well as personal vlogs with intimate moments like her non-medicated waterbirth of her son that went viral.
Jessamyn is an internationally-acclaimed voice in wellness, highly sought-after for her insights on 21st-century yoga and intersectional identity. She is the founder of The Underbelly, a streaming wellness app and community, co-host of the podcast Dear Jessamyn, co-founder of We Go High, a North Carolina-based cannabis justice initiative and author of “Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance" and "Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love your Body.”
Jo Franco is a writer, a traveler and a polyglot who loves connecting with people all over the world and telling their stories. As a cultural inbetweener, she represent team "other," and hopes to share not only cool content, but financial and entrepreneurial resources for anyone to be a not so average Jo.
Jordan is a PhD Candidate at MIT and science communicator on YouTube. She creates informative, entertaining and educational content on artificial intelligence systems and emerging technologies that the public has come to interact with as the technology has become ingrained into our lives. Her videos are designed for a non-technical audience, cover current and new uses of artificial intelligence, and incorporate discussion prompts and ethical ramifications of new technology.
Kang Gaming is a gaming creator specializing in sharing content about cozy gaming, especially Animal Crossing. He has a following of fans known as the “Kangdom” and he prides himself on having one of the most wholesome gaming communities.
Kat is a creator with a diverse array of topics to discuss. Her content generally focuses on gender, race, sexuality and sex positivity. Her content is often patient but critical, with the goal of bringing complicated conversation to the forefront in order to move beyond misunderstandings of each other.
Committed to serving you a look and laughs with a dash of crass, MilesJaiProductions is rich with improvisational comedy, sketches, beauty, fashion, and the occasional toe dip into music. After 13 years on the platform, Miles’ channel is no longer just a hub for their content, but a timeline of their growth as a visual performing artist and storyteller.
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Monica is an early childhood educator and child behavior specialist who created an online community of parents with young children. She teaches young children both in her virtual classroom and worldwide through her free Circle Time Videos on YouTube. With a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, she has spent over 19 years working directly with children of all abilities and backgrounds in NYC classrooms. She combines her research-driven expertise and experiential hands-on results with the belief that every child has an individual path to greatness.
Nathan has been making YouTube videos for over a decade and still finds new avenues for his channel to explore. Whether it’s commentary videos, travel vlogs, or skits about Ned’s Declassified having an Adult Survival Guide, his passions in comedy, writing, and music have all been able to thrive together on his channel.
Sofi of TheOdditty maintains an eclectic fashion and lifestyle YouTube channel that encourages body positivity, confidence, and self-empowerment. She inspires people through her real-life experiences and authentic content, spreading positivity and sharing stories of her own growth.
Alaina is an accountant, certified financial coach, author, and content creator. She helps busy people who struggle with productivity, budgeting and time management get organized. She shares her easy approach to productivity and finances through her YouTube channel.
Orse is a high school teacher with a passion for creating content for YouTube. His channel revolves around gaming and the lore that accompanies characters and games. His current game of choice is Friday Night Funkin, where he loves educating people on the history of all the characters.
Jubril Agoro is the Founder of Passport Heavy, a travel-focused production company with two goals: to educate through travel and to infuse Black culture into every corner of the world. Jubril understood from an early age the power the internet had in educating and informing art, music, and travel and, for the past 11 years, has honed his expertise in travel and digital marketing as a digital nomad.
Taty is a confidence coach whose content focuses on self-love, self-worth, and relationships. She encourages her subscribers to be the best version of themselves, and is a role model to young women across the globe. She also provides insight on navigating through relationships with others and themselves in a healthy form that allows for personal growth, healing, self discovery.
Terrell and Jarius, also known as T&J Family, are same-sex parents raising two adorable children named Ashton and Aria. The two met in college and have been together for 10 years. Their channel focuses on normalizing LGBTQ+ parenting and redefining what marriage and family looks like. They know how important representation and visibility is -- especially for younger people -- so they want to do their part to inspire others on similar journeys.
Wilson World is a family of four that has one goal: to make you smile through their love of music. Justin, the dad, is a Grammy-winning arranger and overlays signature sounds to the family’s covers and original music. Shelana, mom extraordinaire and an educational psychologist by trade, leads on vocals and lyrics. The musical duo are parents to little Justin, a drum prodigy, and Shia, a musical maven in the making who plays piano, drums and sings.
Winbush is an international award-winning motion graphics artist with over 15 years of experience working in a wide range of mediums spanning traditional television and movies, immersive tech, virtual reality and more. He shares weekly tutorials with his community of YouTube subscribers showcasing top tips, workflow advice and unique motion graphic techniques.
As Tosin navigates adulthood, her career, and finding her passion, she’s taking her subscribers along for the ride. She launched her channel in 2019, and makes sketches with friends along with fitness content, self-growth vlogs and beauty tips.
Chris De La Rosa’s love of Caribbean cooking has taken him from a small village in Trinidad and Tobago to millions of kitchens around the world. His website CaribbeanPot.com. launched in 2009 as a place for the self-taught chef to document family recipes for his daughters and share his favorite dishes. Now, he has a strong community of 795K subscribers on YouTube cooking to master his recipes.
Mane Yousuf is entertaining the masses with laughter and good vibes. By mixing spontaneous interactions with viral songs, Mane has created several shows that showcase his passion, and highlight his personality. With access to YouTube, he’s now broadcasting these shows around the globe, and sharing his humor with the world.
Nora G describes herself as versatile and multifaceted. With an array of passions, she knew she needed a creative outlet to express herself. So Nora G’s Nook was born, where Nora shares everything from interior design to DIYs, fun recipes and fitness tips, and what she calls RTTJMS (Random Things That Just Make Sense!). With every video, she aims to educate, entertain and enlighten.
After buying her first house at the age of 23, Reni saw an opportunity to help more people understand “adulting”. She launched her YouTube channel to become a resource for viewers, and support with career development, financial literacy, and lifestyle content. Her goal? Make complex topics simple.