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10 February 2016, 17:15
All hail Akilah.
Each week we highlight one YouTuber of colour who is making a serious splash on the platform. Sometimes we talk social justice, other times comedy, but we always talk super talented creators. This week, we have a major internet crush on stand-up, writer, and creator, Akilah Hughes.
She is a 26 year old creator who has built a steady following on YouTube and social media. Akilah's first YouTube video was uploaded nine years ago (!!!) but she really started to get into her craft around four years ago. She's not easy to classify because her channel is so diverse.
Aside from her near perfect YouTube game, you can always count on Akilah for supremely entertaining Twitter hot takes.
Why does Beyoncé have to represent all women? Taylor Swift has never pandered her music towards Black women but *crickets*— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 9, 2016
Idea: if police feel threatened by graffiti that says "stop killing us" they really need to stop being cops. Like ASAP.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 9, 2016
If you only like Beyoncé when she's catering to your whiteness, you're not a Beyoncé fan--you're a racist.— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) February 8, 2016
Akilah mixes humour with important social commentary and if that's how you like your internet stars then you've come to right place. Plus, if you wanted to see 100% more Akilah, you definitely can. She is currently writing a book out this later year and is writing for television.
Akilah is cool. Be like Akilah.