I first discovered Akilah when I was writing my cultural appropriation post. She made a hilarious parody poking fun at such things like thinking it is ok to fetishize adopting a baby from another culture than your own… She had me at “OMG, I want to adopt a white baby!” I occasionally go down the rabbit hole of what is her YouTube Channel, oddly called SmoothieFreak.
A little about Akilah, from her website:
Hello there! Chances are good that if you’re reading this, you know that I’m Akilah…obviously. I’m a comedian (stand up, sketch, improv, writer, YouTuber, etc.,) originally from Cincinnati (who dey?!) who is now hanging out in Brooklyn, NY. I write for Fusion, HelloGiggles, Femsplain, and Refinery29, and I am a sketch and improv person trained at Upright Citizens Brigade. I take lots of photos and make lots of YouTube videos, and generally have too widespread of an interest pool to be one of those niche blogs. Here you will find posts about hair, pop culture, race, comedy, being a 20-something lady, fashion, makeup, being good at things, being terrible at things, moving to NYC and pretty much any topic in-between.
Below are some of my favorite videos. Enjoy!
The video that started it all:
Some other favorites:
Meet Your First Black Girlfriend
Every Natural Hair Video Ever
How Black People Feel About Haunted Houses