Black History Month Creator Spotlight: Tee Noir

Black History Month Creator Spotlight: Tee Noir

Black History Month Creator Spotlight: Tee Noir


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                 I am so excited to kick start our “Black History Month Creator Spotlight” with Tee Noir! Every Saturday for the month of February Taylor and I will be posting a blog dedicated to some of our favorite Black creators we have discovered this past year. Due to the pandemic this year has been heavy in media consumption for me. Living between watching the news obsessively or watching other content to distract me from the news, finding these Black content creators has been a huge silver lining. By changing the way Kuvit usually celebrates Black History Month, we hope to place action behind our beliefs through uplifting other Black Creatives, because it isn't easy. Hopefully you will find new people to support who crank out valuable content that you enjoy, let’s get started!


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                  Tee Noir specializes in Social Commentary videos, a rising sub-genre on YouTube. She reviews TV shows, discusses current events, and breaks down specific topics through a sociological lens centered around Blackness. Her videos reject the dichotomy of  Right Vs. Wrong and force more complex and nuanced conversations into the forefront. Voices like Tee's are so important in the YouTube space because so often Black Women face the brunt of the negativity on the platform by way of racist creators, censorship, and lack of support. Black Women led commentary channels often use their platforms to confront, dispel and reject many of these negative stereotypes in interesting and creative ways.


Top Three Favorite Videos:

 The "Blaccent": Non-black Creators' Key to Fame:


              A Blaccent is, “A distinctive Manner of speaking, pitch or tone particular to African American youth” according to Urban Dictionary. This is a trend that has been extremely popular for a long time, imitating a stereotypical “Ghetto Black Girl'' is one of these most common cornerstones in comedy. Whether it's Black men doing it, like Martin Lawrence's character Shanaynay, or Asain women doing it, like rapper turned serious actor Awkwafina, the Blaccent is the fuel that rockets some of your favorite entertainers to fame. There is a growing number of Social Scientists that believe AAVE is a distinctive subsection of the English language. AAVE is short for "African American Vernacular English", which translates to slag popularized by African American people. For some reason the combination of AAVE and the Blaccent work together to make everyone but the Black people that popularized it famous. In this video Tee Noir specifically discusses the rise of the "Blaccent trend" on the app TikTok. Many of the most famous creators on the app grew their following through the use of a Blaccent and AAVE without crediting who popularized these terms in the first place. While at the same time TikTok is actively and unequally censoring Black creators on the Platform. Check out the video above for more!

Trans Visibility is NOT Where it Should Be:

                 Disclosure is a documentary on Netflix about Transgender representation in the media told exclusively by Trans individuals. In this video Tee Noir does an amazing job reviewing some of the main takeaways that she as a Cisgender Black Woman was able to internalize. First of all if you have not seen this documentary I highly recommend it, the individual stories, the knowledge, and the information that the participants bring to the table are life changing. I had a similar experience to Tee while watching this, the new information that I gained from this film checked me on how to become a better ally to the Trans community and revealed internal biases I did not know I had. Through the stories that were highlighted it showed that Trans visibility in media has always been there, it is the context in which their stories are being told that has changed. Unfortunately a large part of the population is still Transphobic, in fact Black Trans Women have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. By making a point to review this documentary, which was not a trend when it came out, Tee Noir took a public stance in her support of Trans people and educating others about Trans-experiences. Check out the video above for more!

 "The Black Girl Fetish": Lets Talk

                   The Fetiziation of Black Women occurs when people of another race are attracted to Black Women as they relate to the stereotypes that are placed upon them. For example, There is a huge population of individuals that claim they are attracted exclusively to Black Women, but when asked why, they often use classic micro-aggressive reasons. They often describe their love for  Black women through these classic tropes, their curvaceous bodies, their strength or their aggressive attitudes. Are all of these stereotypes bad? No. Do some Black women have these characteristics? Yes. But the important point being made is that these qualities that you love about Black Women are based in White Supremacy, they are not based on the characteristics these women have individually. By doing this they are boiling complex people into generic replaceable objects. In this video Tee Noir specifically describes another popular TikTok trend where non-black people try to get clout simply because they find Black women attractive. She makes it clear that this type of praise is not a compliment and should not be taken as such. Due to the hierarchy of desirability in America, Black Women are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to beauty. So these non-black TikTokers are capitalizing on that reality in order to gain a following on the app itself, making it a self serving action. Check out the video above for more!



              In conclusion, white dominated spaces like YouTube tend to continue to perpetrate the same race based oppression that we see in our greater society. YouTube chooses to promote white creators and white stories while conveniently ignoring the often race based scandals that comes with them. Voices like Tee Noir that are able to break through in a space that actively tries to silence her point of view are desperately needed. By introducing complex conversations that exist in the grey areas, she is both entertaining us and educating us. There is definitely a rise of POC and Black run commentary channels on YouTube, and each of them are pushing the platform to become a more educated, tolerant and understanding place. Tee Noir's content along with others is doing what marginalized people have always done, make the world and their respective communities a better place. Be sure to comment and share this blog post if you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
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