Chasing TikTok Dreams in the ‘New Black Hollywood’


Producer/Director Lora Moftah
Reporter Taylor Lorenz

Watch on Friday, June 4, at 10 p.m. on FX and streaming on Hulu.

Kaychelle wants to be on TV. Rob’s chasing a million followers and a screenplay deal. Khamyra seeks financial independence, while Tray wants to earn enough money that his mother never has to work another day in her life.

To make their dreams come true, they’ve combined forces with other self-styled influencers at Collab Crib, a group house that doubles as a video studio in Atlanta, where a concentration of talent has helped attract other aspiring stars of Instagram, YouTube and TikTok.

Those social platforms are where many of today’s young, ambitious creators are making their names — and fortunes. “This is more than just kids making videos on the internet,” says Kaelyn, another Collab Crib creator. “This is the new American dream.”

For some, that dream starts in Los Angeles, where influencer collectives living in decked out hillside mansions have no or very few Black creators. The residents of Collab Crib, by contrast, are all Black.

“The New York Times Presents: Who Gets to Be an Influencer?” will premiere on Friday, June 4, at 10 p.m. on FX and streaming on Hulu.


Senior Editor Liz Day
Directors of Photography Carissa Henderson and Trevor P. May
Video Editor Pierre Takal
Associate Producers Cydney Tucker and Melanie Bencosme


“The New York Times Presents” is a series of documentaries representing the unparalleled journalism and insight of The New York Times, bringing viewers close to the essential stories of our time.



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