Is There Racism on YouTube? Black Content Creators Speak Out At SXSW

DeStorm Power, Black Nerd Comedy, Kingsley and Shanna Malcolm are some of the most prominent black YouTube stars out there. They all have the power to entertain and to make their fans laugh in ways that they might not have been able to do in mainstream media.

While the YouTube partner program has made it possible for people of color to make a living off of producing content for mass audiences by bypassing the traditional media model, black YouTube stars are still a small minority. DeStorm Power and Kingsley are the only two black content creators to be in the top 100 most subscribed YouTube content creator list, which is mostly white and male.

A recent SXSW panel discussed the struggles of content creators of color and how they handle racism on YouTube. The website Color Lines went out to SXSW this week and interviewed panelists and YouTube stars Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey and Andre Meadows of the Black Nerd Comedy YouTube channel about racism on YouTube and how black content creators on YouTube have to work harder than others in order to be seen and heard.

What do you guys think? Is there Racism on YouTube? Give us your thoughts in the comments below:

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