Breaking CultureViral Sensations
viral sensations: khadi don
September 6, 2019
You may recognize them from a meme saved in your camera roll or their content shared on your timeline. This month, we’re highlighting some of our fave viral sensations killing it on social media. These are the Black creatives breaking, curating, and shaping viral culture today.
How do you describe what you do?
Everyone calls it “Influencer,” I call it a talented person who got famous and is audacious enough to show their abilities with no help, while giving a glimpse at their everyday life, too. But in a simpler form I create comical, satire, and parody video content for millions to see. I bring laughter and joy into those who are fond of my work. Basically I make people laugh. Plus, I don’t think I should be influencing anybody because I’m sure they don’t want to go where I’m headed.
How has life changed since you’ve gone viral?
Since going viral, my life has changed tremendously. I am my own boss, able to put food on the table, a roof over my head and provide, just from doing what I love. I went from a 9-5 to being on my own time. I’m recognized and acknowledged everywhere I go by supporters and fans. Some of my favorite entertainers know who I am, which is still crazy to me. I gained over 1,000 cousins, which I didn’t know I had. But overall life has changed in such a positive way.
What meme was your reaction when your first video went viral?
My meme reaction was Wendy Williams’ pass out. I’ve had so many videos go viral when I started but I significantly remember this one in particular. I did a remix to Eve’s “Who’s That Girl?” and called it “Who’s That Bitch?” Basically asking my significant other who is this chick commenting under all of your posts. The story behind that is pretty obvious. I saw a female commenting under all of the pictures of someone I was talking to. So instead of giving her these hands, I wrote her a song.
Do you feel like your content has been copied by mainstream influencers or social platforms?
Absolutely. I’ve seen my work blatantly copied by some of the most biggest networks and TV shows. I don’t let it discourage me though and I see it as a compliment. It also gives me the drive to work harder and make it fully into mainstream so the chances of plagiarisms is less likely.
What advice would you give to a young Black creative, that you wish you were given while on the come up?
Learn about your taxes!!! I’d have to say that’s number one because the IRS don’t play no games and the money is different the higher you climb. Don’t camouflage your Blackness/melanin to appeal to Hollywood, what’s meant for you will happen regardless of who you truly are. Be YOU! Also, whatever it is that you’re working for, do it because you love it not for the money. Because once that money is gone so will your drive. Be different. It’s okay to follow trends and hop onto what is viral at the moment but originality is what sets you apart and helps you maintain. Lastly, love yourself. Practice self love! That way nothing can stop you but yourself.
Are there any other avenues you want to go down besides comedy and music?
Yes! I would love to get into screenwriting and art. I like to paint Realism with a mixture of cartoon abstract. And I also like to write in addition to the obvious things that I do online. Eventually I would like to do customized fashion pieces and venture off into the world of animals and saving the Earth. I’m a huge animal lover and big on the environment.
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