YouTube has more than 2 billion users watching over 1 billion hours of video every single day. With that kind of traffic, it can be hard to find the high-quality content you’re looking for. That’s why we’re sharing 28 of the best Black YouTube influencers and vloggers you need to follow right now.
The Black YouTube influencers and vloggers on this list hit all your favorite topics: beauty, wellness, travel, fashion, food, gaming, parenting, and relationships. Some of the Black YouTube influencers on this list aren’t included because of high subscriber counts, but instead because others in the Black community have deemed them worthy to watch.
28 Black YouTube Influencers to Watch:
People around the world share more than 300 hours of video to YouTube every minute. This can make it hard for some talented YouTubers to get found on the platform.
Over the years, YouTube has been dominated by white, male personalities, despite YouTube’s efforts to promote diversity.
But, as you’ll see, YouTube is already a diverse platform filled with talent from all ethnicities—they just tend to get lost in the shuffle.
That’s why we wanted to share with you our favorite Black YouTube influencers who are creating engaging, high-quality content right now.
Black Beauty YouTube Influencers
The beauty industry as a whole includes services like stylists as well as products. And it’s a money-maker.
In 2019, the beauty industry was valued at $532 billion (Reuters).
Trusted beauty influencers can have a significant impact on that number. They show off the benefits of their favorite beauty products by sharing tutorials, product reviews, and more on YouTube and other platforms.
Here are a few of the best Black YouTube influencers in beauty.
- 1.19M subscribers
- 88.7M views
- Joined July 12, 2013
Nyma Tang offers excellent makeup tips for Black people with darker skin. Her passion for darker-skinned Black people shows through in her videos, netting her tons of followers along with a MAC Cosmetics lipstick deal!
- 1.47M subscribers
- 101.5M views
- Joined January 7, 2014
Shalom Blac is a burn survivor who shows off her mad makeup skills through fun and enjoyable videos. She also is candid about her own insecurities and how she’s working on facing her fears. Not only is she brilliant with makeup, but she’s also inspiring with her ability to be vulnerable.
- 233K subscribers
- 10.4M views
- Joined September 22, 2008
Karla Tobie, the beautiful face and brilliant mind behind Princess Bellaaa, is someone you’ll definitely want to pay attention to if you love glitter and the special joy that is bright makeup on darker skin.
- 2.03M subscribers
- 79M views
- Joined January 9, 2014
Alissa Ashley shares beauty hacks for every day to runway. And, if you’re looking for honest reviews, you’ll find them here.
Black Wellness YouTube Influencers
We all seem to be in a constant state of improving ourselves, don’t we?
According to the Global Wellness Summit in 2019 reported that the global wellness industry is valued at $4.5 trillion. And, considering past consistent growth in this particular industry, it’s highly unlikely that growth is going to flatten any time soon.
Whether you’re interested in changing your body, mind, or soul, these Black Youtube wellness and fitness influencers are here to help you wade through tons of wellness content to give you the best content.
- 71.7K subscribers
- 279K views
- Joined May 28, 2012
Massy Arias offers easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do at home. She also shares recipes on YouTube as well as with her 2.5 million Instagram followers.
- 2.01M subscribers
- 396M views
- Joined April 10, 2008
Kali Muscle’s channel features some wild workout videos, organized into playlists by body part. He posts new videos a couple of times a week, sharing bodybuilding motivation and occasionally talking about nutrition or giving you a glimpse into his day-to-day life (he has twins!).
- 20K subscribers
- 944K views
- Joined November 18, 2013
Brandi Jackson Wellness has been around since 2014. She’s a practicing clinician with several years of experience in nutrition, mindset, and exercise. If you’re living with stress, depression, and anxiety, she’s got you.
- 859K subscribers
- 77.3M views
- Joined December 31, 2013
Austin Dunham is a young, Black fitness influencer and entrepreneur. He’s the creator of AD Workout Training Programs and Coaching and has more than 4 years of calisthenics experience.
Black Travel YouTubers
Globally, travel and tourism directly contributed roughly $2.9 trillion dollars to the GDP in 2019 (Statista). It seems that everyone has a dream vacation in mind, and, based on the money spent, most of us get to take vacations, too.
Travel influencers are some of the luckiest folks around. They get to recommend and review the places we want to eat and stay, as well as sharing their views on products, airlines, and activities.
Here are a few of our favorite Black YouTube influencers and vloggers who focus on travel.
- 18.7K subscribers
- 792K views
- Joined October 29, 2014
Gloria Atanmo of The Blog Abroad is a self-described “black girl obsessed with traveling.” With her YouTube channel, she seeks to educate and entertain but to also inspire viewers to step out of their comfort zones and actually explore the world we all live in.
- 15.3K subscribers
- 1.3M views
- Joined November 13, 2014
Erick Prince of Minority Nomad is a writer, photographer, philanthropist, and world traveler. He wants to be the first African American to visit every country in the world. He shares videos on YouTube, as well as social media showing the amazing places he’s been (93 countries so far).
- 212 subscribers
- 4.8K views
- Joined August 11, 2018
Chubby Diaries is an online community for plus-size travelers who want to see the world, experience new foods, and learn travel hacks. Jeff Jenkins, the creator of Chubby Diaries, is just about the sweetest and authentic person you’ll ever see.
- 19.6K subscribers
- 1.2M views
- Joined December 6, 2010
Oneika Traveller offers travel vlogs from a Jamaican-Canadian perspective. She’s been to 95 countries so far. Oneika shares about her travels and life.
Black Fashion YouTube Influencers
According to reporting from the Joint Economic Committee Democrats, the fashion industry is a $2.5 trillion dollar industry globally.
In other words, it’s a big deal.
Fashion influencers understand this and spend their time creating content for both high and low fashion, as well as sharing tips for how you can live that high fashion life for less.
Here are our fave Black YouTube influencers in the fashion niche.
- 17.3K subscribers
- 1M views
- Joined January 7, 2012
SuppleChicTV is run by Chichi, a plus size fashion influencer who loves beauty, lifestyle, and fashion and is passionate about using those things to empower other women. Her channel is a fashion and lifestyle channel focused on personal style created by her.
- 12.6K subscribers
- 811K views
- Joined November 1, 2017
Ten Ways to Wear It is a channel that seeks to provide fashion inspiration and advice that’s actually affordable—for all ages and sizes. There are new videos a few times a week that emphasize fashion styling, hauls, and even home decor and hair videos.
- 50K subscribers
- 3.2M views
- Joined April 19, 2010
Stylish Curves is the go-to YouTube channel for plus size fashion and beauty. They share the latest fashion trends and show you how to get the look as a plus-sized person.
- 10.5K subscribers
- 559K views
- Joined October 6, 2016
The Yusufs are lovers of fashion. Their channel focuses on fashion lookbooks and hauls, with a mix of high and low fashion, as well as mixed prints. They also post travel vlogs and mom-related content.
Black Food YouTube Influencers
YouTube is a popular platform for cooking tutorials and recipe sharing. Interested in trying new cuisines and delighting your tastebuds? Here are the Black foodies you need to follow.
- 5.49K subscribers
- 99.7K views
- Joined August 27, 2014
Jessica in the Kitchen shares simple recipes every week and she only shares recipes that she herself uses and enjoys. In addition to recipes, she shares guides, tips, and tricks that will help you cook with natural ingredients.
- 546K subscribers
- 32.7M views
- Joined August 26, 2012
Fit Men Cook offers healthy, budget-friendly recipes and tips for people with active lifestyles. You won’t find anything about crash diets here. Just good, healthy food.
- 5.77K subscribers
- 816K views
- Joined October 18, 2012
Jocelyn Delk Adams runs Grandbaby Cakes, a food blog inspired by her grandmother. The site and YouTube channel share classic desserts and modern trends, making the art of pastries accessible.
- 563K subscribers
- 21.6M views
- Joined February 9, 2011
Sweet Potato Soul posts videos about vegan recipes, ethical fashion, and other compassionate lifestyle topics. It’s run by a professional vegan chef whose recipes have been featured on The Today Show, Health, VegNews, InStyle, New York Times, and more. New videos are posted every week.
Want more foodie content? Here are the 12 best food blogs right now.
Black Gaming YouTube Influencers
Gaming is big business. According to 2018 numbers, the industry is worth about $120 billion.
Influencers like Ninja and PewDiePie have long been the most popular names in the gaming industry, but there are plenty of Black gamers on YouTube who deserve our attention.
Here are a few of our favorites.
- 627K subscribers
- 141.9M views
- Joined February 14, 2012
The Black Hokage posts videos covering everything from game reviews to troll videos to commentary on a number of things. He covers both small, indie games as well as the blockbuster games that everybody knows about whether they play or not. The Black Hokage is both funny and fair.
- 9.18K subscribers
- 355K views
- Joined July 25, 2015
Black girl gamers are largely underrepresented, and it’s a shame. There are plenty of Black girl gamers around. MsDomination is one of them. She mostly plays first-person shooters like Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Halo, but she also shares cosplay and unboxing on her channel.
- 690K subscribers
- 262.2M views
- Joined April 6, 2006
Shofu is one of the most popular Smash Bros. players and also shares content about Pokémon, anime, and Nintendo. Shofu’s also a hip hop artist and hosts an annual Pokémon Cypher contest for his viewers. Oh, and he even dropped his own mixtape, “Trap Ketchum.” And, yes, it’s a mix of trap and Pokémon. You’re welcome.
- 30.6K subscribers
- 4.1M views
- Joined July 20, 2016
Shawn J is another Black girl gamer who deserves some love. She’s well-known for her COD skills and knowledge. On her channel, she shares reviews, trailers, settings tips, and more.
Think you could be a gaming influencer? Just do it! Check out our guide to becoming a gaming influencer to learn how.
Black Parenting/Family/Relationships YouTube Influencers
We could all use a little relationship help every once in a while, right? Whether it’s romantic or family relationships, these Black YouTube influencers and vloggers will help you communicate better with your nearest and dearest.
- 271K subscribers
- 76.9 views
- Joined November 5, 2009
The Davidsons of the Daily Davidsons are an adorable family of 5. They vlog about their everyday lives as well as doing pranks, tags, and challenges. New videos go up Monday through Friday.
- 7.11K subscribers
- 1.3M views
- Joined July 14, 2014
The Chambers mostly use YouTube to share the special moments that they want to remember. In addition to their vlog, though, they share videos about parenting, pregnancy, babies, DIY projects, how-tos, unboxings, and more. They post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday around 10 AM EST.
- 289K subscribers
- 9.7M views
- Joined December 6, 2011
Stephan Labossiere is a relationship coach. He shares relationship advice that everyone can use and has helped many singles and couples improve their lives with better relationships.
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- 7.2M views
- Joined January 1, 2011
Kera Butler is a certified relationship coach who shares tips on marriage and dating. While her subscriber count isn’t shown, she has more than 7 million video views, so you can be sure that her advice gets results.
There’s no question that Black YouTube influencers and vloggers are underrepresented on the platform. While YouTube has started taking steps to make the platform more inclusive and diverse, you’re still more likely to see white creators when you go just about anywhere on YouTube.
The Black YouTubers included on this list barely scratch the surface of the Black talent that exists on the platform—you just have to find it.
As time goes by, it’s our hope that YouTube will continue to make improvements to the platform that make it easier to discover Black talent.