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Howard University hosted the first ever #YouTubeBlack Fanfest. On October 17, Cramton Auditorium was transformed to hold the event. Several prominent YouTubers performed along with a special guest performance from R&B artist, Daniel Caesar. The night was filled with high-energy from both the crowd and performers.

#YouTubeBlack was an event created in 2016 to promote diversity and inclusiveness among Black content creators. YouTube Fanfest is an event held in different cities around the world to connect some of the top YouTubers to their fans. #YouTubeBlack Fanfest is the first fanfest to come to the United States.

The first performance of the night came from Howard’s very own Showtime marching band. Then, sister duo VanJess took the stage and performed two original songs. RandomStructureTV also performed a medley of songs. During his medley, the Howard University choir rose from below the stage and joined him, causing the crowd to react excitedly. Tré Melvin and Spoken Reasons both delivered deeply passionate spoken word performances. Dormtainment performed a skit poking fun at Greek life, also Alonzo Lerone also had a comedic act.

TPindell was the show’s host. He provided laughs for the audience and asked YouTubers about their performances and upcoming projects. Summerella and Dainá both soothed the crowd with their vocals. Miles Jai brought energy to the stage with his performance that ended in a flawless death drop that caused the crowd to go wild. Following the death drop, Miles brought out Amber’s Closet and the two participated in a blindfold makeup challenge with Amber emerging as the winner. Finally, the night closed with a much anticipated performance from Daniel Caesar. Caesar lulled the crowd with his performance of four songs including “Get You” and “Best Part”.

There was no better place to host #YouTubeBlack Fanfest than at Howard University during homecoming week. Freshman Sydney Montgomery attended the event and said, “It was such a fun experience. I think it was special that they brought it to Howard, it makes us have a sense of importance and hopefully they will do something like this every year.”

 

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