Black Women on YouTube Transform the Internet and Challenge Society

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Since launching in 2005, YouTube has become one of the largest and most important platforms for producing original video content online. At the outset, YouTube was primarily a place to watch music videos and silly skits. During the last decade, however, it has expanded into a leading news site and plays a prominent role in social justice campaigns. 

It is not surprising that when discussing social justice and feminist media on the platform, Black women are leading the way. Their production of funny, thought-provoking, and often-times illuminating videos on various topics are setting the standard for the industry. These women include a Kenyan-American who uses humor, a self-described documentarian and storyteller, and a digital advocate committed to the liberation of Black people.

Black women on YouTube are accentuating the idea of the personal being political by creating positive and self-affirming work for us and by us. 


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