You can find many talented international and African American male influencers all throughout different platforms on the internet. They’ve made their mark in various genres, including fashion, lifestyle, gaming, and the performing arts.
Here are black male influencers who have either made a large impact on pop culture or are up-and-coming stars to keep an eye on.
Corey Damen Jenkins
Corey Damen Jenkins is an interior designer based in New York City. His design style uses vibrant colors and patterns and inspiration from haute couture.
Many publications have featured Corey’s bold creations, including House & Garden, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. Corey is also a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and ELLE Decor’s A-List.
On top of his accolades, Corey is involved with the community and supports many charities, including the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. His firm also funds the New York School of Interior Design’s scholarship and mentorship program.
Corey has an active Instagram account where you can view some of his beautiful interior designs.
Dante Williams, or Dtay Known, is a young and famous YouTuber and TikTok star. He currently has over 14.7 million followers on TikTok and 2.1 million subscribers on YouTube and also has a popular Instagram account.
Most of Dtay’s content consists of comedic sketches and song parodies. His high-energy online personality provides laughs and entertainment for his viewers.
Much of his content is very relatable as he pokes fun at his childhood experiences with his parents and other everyday life occurrences.
Oladeji Daniel Olatunji
Oladeji Daniel Olatunji, also known as Deji, is a popular English YouTuber with a channel that has over 10.5 million subscribers.
He started on YouTube with a gaming channel and also used to post skits. Now, he produces vlogging content along with comedic reaction videos.
In 2015, he ranked second in Tubular Labs’ “UK’s Most Influential YouTube Creators” list. Deji’s also been in amateur and pro boxing matches and has had matches against fellow YouTuber Jake Paul and popular TikToker named Vinnie Hacker.
On June 13, 2021, Deji posted a video stating that he would be taking a break from social media after his loss against Vinnie. For a while after that he didn’t upload new videos regularly.
Devale Ellis is a former NFL wide receiver who became an actor and social media influencer. He’s most known for his roles in The Blacklist, NCIS, and Sistas.
On top of acting, Devale has a popular YouTube channel that he runs with his wife, Khadeen. The channel mostly has vlogs that show the family’s daily life. They’ve recently covered Khadeen’s latest pregnancy.
Devale and Khadeen also co-host a podcast together. Their podcast, Dead Ass with Khadeen and Devale Ellis is a relationship and marriage podcast. They have many discussions with guests and provide advice learned from personal experiences.
DeStorm Power is an actor, rapper, internet personality who started as an intern and ghostwriter for Atlantic Records and Universal.
He created his YouTube account in April 2006 and began to showcase his singing, rapping, and songwriting talents. He also added comedic elements to many of his videos. His channel currently has over 3 million subscribers and 540 million views.
DeStorm has collaborated with many other content creators and produced content for Yahoo, Pepsi, and GE. In 2017, he started a series on Instagram called Caught. This series has over 300 million views, received an Emmy nomination, and won two Streamy Awards.
In 2018, DeStorm co-founded the Zeus Network with Amanda Cerny, King Bach, and Lemuel Plummer. Zeus is a streaming service that has scripted and unscripted series.
Today, DeStorm isn’t as active on his main YouTube channel, but he posts regularly on TikTok.
Dormtainment is an entertainment group founded by Chaz Miller, Cameron Miller, Amanuel Richards, Jerome Green, Mike Anthony, and Daunte Dier.
This group started on YouTube in 2009 and now produces several series, including SNAP! and The Six. The channel now has over 1.1 million subscribers and about 200 million views.
The channel’s success led the group to perform at live shows and produce musical albums.
Dormtainment continues to post regularly on YouTube. It also has a podcast, Comedy Trap House.
Hilton Carter started as a freelance filmmaker, but he shifted his interests to plants in 2011. He’s now an interior stylist known for his use of plants and flora.
One of his passions lies in educating people on plant care. He has authored two books, Wild at Home and Wild Interiors, and taught online courses on propagation.
Hilton also has a prevalent Instagram account, which he uses to showcase his design ideas and share bits of his personal life with his fans. You can catch glimpses of his photo blogging studio in Baltimore and his favorite plant, Frank the fiddle leaf fig tree.
Hilton sells his own line of plant care items, and he also has a partnership with Target and has a line of plants and accessories.
You can’t talk about TikTok influencers without mentioning Senegalese TikToker, Khaby Lame.
Khaby’s TikTok account currently has over 124 million followers and 2 billion likes, and he has the second most-followed account.
Khaby’s short videos became viral because of their relatability. He silently watches overly-intricate life hacks and responds with simpler and more practical alternatives to these life hacks.
Eight of his videos are on TikTok’s top 25 most liked videos list, and many other TikTokers have parodied his format.
Khaby attributes the success of his videos to their universal relatability. He doesn’t use any words in his videos and relies purely on facial expressions and body language to get his message across.
His popularity has led to many deals and collaborations with brands and other content creators, such as Barilla and King Bach.
While Khaby continues to post regularly on TikTok, he also has a successful Instagram account with over 64 million followers.
Kevin Curry started as a fitness and nutrition blogger on Tumblr. Today, he has a very successful blog, Fit Men Cook, where he shares information on nutrition and healthy recipes.
Kevin’s work revolves around his message, “Our bodies are built in the kitchen, sculpted in the gym.” While he continues to blog, his projects expanded to developing his own meal prep book (Fit Men Cook), spice kit, and wellness teas.
Many publications and shows have featured Kevin, including Men’s Health, Today Show, and Buzzfeed. His meal prep app, was also listed on the Apple App Store’s Best of 2015 list.
Larri Merritt, better known as Larray, is a YouTuber who produces comedic videos. He started on Vine and moved to YouTube after Vine became obsolete. His channel now has over 8.4 million subscribers and one billion views.
Larray received Streamy Award nominations in 2019, and he won in 2020 in the Lifestyle category. His two novelty songs, “First Place” and “Last Place,” were on Billboard’s Comedy Digital Tracks chart for 42 weeks.
Luka Sabbat is a cultural influencer with experience in acting and modeling. He has collaborated with several brands and fashion icons, including YEEZY and Warren Lotas.
Luka is a fashion trendsetter and showcases his style on Instagram. He also started his own brand, Hot Mess, with Noah Dillion, through which the duo expresses their creativity through galleries, exhibitions, and pop-up shops.
Along with fashion, Luka has appeared onscreen. He’s on the cast of Grown-ish and feature-length films, including The Dead Don’t Die and Giants Being Lonely.
Marques Brownlee, or MKBHD (MKB High Definition), is a successful YouTube creator that produces technology-based videos. He has over 15.1 million subscribers, and his channel has over 2.8 billion views.
Marques joined YouTube in 2008, and he’s now one of the best technology reviewers on YouTube. He gained a trustworthy reputation over the years, and his channel has one of the highest amounts of subscribers in the technology genre.
Marques also has a Skillshare online course where he teaches the basics of creating a script and shooting and editing YouTube videos.
Matt Smith is a popular online content creator. His YouTube Channel, Dang Matt Smith, has over 13.4 million subscribers and over 2.8 billion views.
Matt started his YouTube career as a vlogger, but he rose to popularity with his comedic content. Today, he mostly posts video game let’s plays, commentaries, and reaction videos. Many of his viewers enjoy his comedic reactions to viral memes and videos.
Olajide Olayinka Williams “JJ” Olatunji
Olajide Olayinka Williams “JJ” Olatunji, better known as JJ and KSI, is an English YouTuber. He has the second most subscribed channel in the UK, and he’s the most subscribed person of color on YouTube.
JJ uploaded his first video in 2008 and officially began his YouTube career in 2009 as a gaming channel where he mostly posted videos of FIFA and Modern Warfare 2 gameplay.
His main and second channels have 23.6 million and 14.4 million subscribers, respectively, and they have a combined view count of over 9 billion views.
In 2015, JJ claimed Tubular Labs’ number one spot for the “UK’s Most Influential YouTube Creators” list.
Terrell and Jarius Joseph
Terrell and Jarius Joseph are proud parents of two children and advocates of LGBTQ+ parenting. They provide helpful information and support for same-sex marriages and family life.
Terrel and Jarius also co-host their own podcast, Let’s Go There, which challenges people to think beyond their own perspectives. Most of their episodes cover topics on dating, relationships, parenting, and personal identity.
Tj Davidson is a popular YouTube creator who runs a successful family vlog channel, Daily Davidsons, with his wife Tiffany Darlyn. He also has a personal channel that mainly provides tutorials and tips for photography and filmmaking.
Along with being active on social media, Tj is also a photographer. He’s versatile with his skills and can shoot engagement sessions, sporting events, and weddings.
Todrick Hall is a talented singer, dancer, actor, Broadway star, and director. His appearance on the ninth season of American Idol boosted his popularity, and through hard work, he created an immensely successful YouTube channel.
His channel contains iconic videos that showcase his choreography and musical talent. It currently has over 3.6 million subscribers and 850 million views.
Todrick has released several albums and appeared in many TV shows, including RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Greatest Dancer, and The Masked Singer.
He was also named in Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30 list and won an MTV Video Music Award as executive producer of Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” in 2019.
Top Black Male Influencers, Final Thoughts
More than ever before, creativity, hard work, and hustle can now boost individuals with non-traditional talents to become iconic influencers through various social media platforms.
We’re proud to celebrate the diverse selection of black male influencers who made a profound cultural impact and continue to pave the way for up-and-coming influencers.
The future’s looking bright, and we can’t wait to see how the next generation of influencers will make their mark.