Some Black TikTok Creators Say They Were Sidelined From App's Black History Month Event

"We fell short of providing the experience we intended and we are profoundly sorry for the negative impact caused by our missteps," a TikTok spokesperson said of the virtual event, which was a meet and greet with Nicki Minaj

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A recent virtual meet and greet with Nicki Minaj hosted by TikTok received backlash for reputedly giving opportunities to non-Black attendees over Black creators. Many creators say that the disappointing event is emblematic of how TikTok fails its Black community.

An email reviewed by NBC News announced that the app was "kicking off Black History Month" with an "exclusive virtual TikTok creator Meet Up." The email invited creators to a Feb. 8 Zoom event, where attendees would have the opportunity to meet Minaj, "brainstorm content ideas" and preview her new music.

The limited time to ask Minaj questions was "dominated" by non-Black voices, BuzzFeed first reported last week.

Anthony Hyland, 29, questioned why TikTok would promote the event as an “exclusive” celebration of Black History Month if it planned to invite non-Black creators. The poet and public speaker, known as ispeak1906 on TikTok, has 1.5 million followers and was able to get into the Zoom call.

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