Black Content being consumed and regurgitated to the masses

the wall traduction en français Everyone is well aware of the app TikTok by now. If you don’t know, it’s an app popularized by teens who dance or act along to audios made by other users.

quand la girafe rencontre le chacal As of lately, it has become this year’s golden app for entertainment and trends, with the most notorious dance being “The Renegade”. The Renegade is a dance made viral by well-known star, Charli D’ Amelio. What is constantly failed to be shared is the person behind the viral dance.

Jalaiah Harmon is the 14 year old girl behind the famous “Renegade” dance. Known as @_.xoxlaii on Instagram, she originally created the dance and uploaded it for her followers, only for her credit to be wiped away and her watered down dance to arrive on TikTok.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time something a black kid originally created was taken from them without an ounce of credit being given. TikTok is notorious for putting the spotlight on white teenagers, but they are not the first to do it in the history of entertainment and trends on social media.

Vine was a well known app that surfaced in 2013, but quickly dwindled out, due to the oversaturation of unfunny and unoriginal content being published.
It rose to popularity solely because of the quick-witted, goofy and quirky black teens that posted content that were deemed meme-worthy, or so hilarious that it was shared to twitter.

Some of these moments are still quoted to this day, yet out of everything given to the media, the only people being given these big opportunities or credit were people who claimed other people’s content as their own. More likely than not, these people were light complected.
There is an ongoing trend of taking from Black Creators and receiving the opportunities and credit that should have been directed towards them. It has gone on well before social media was so prevalent in society.

Dating back to the early 2000s, things that the general public deemed “unprofessional” or simply not worth their time began to surge in popularity once someone who was light complected stood up and took the literal spotlight and performed their best “this is how I think black people act” routine.

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