Illustration: Davide Barco for LEVEL

Black Users Made Clubhouse a Phenomenon — How Will the App Treat Them in Return?

The voice-chat social platform skyrocketed in popularity last fall, largely due to an influx of Black users. But we’ve heard this song before.

You’d be as likely to hear Meek Mill discuss cultural currency with Troy Carter — the man who discovered Lady Gaga — as you’d be to hear him berate DJ Akademiks for inciting violence with his vlogs. You’d be more likely to hear 21 Savage open up about his abandonment issues with his father than you would be to hear him ever speak about it in an interview.

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“When we talk about how these platforms get popularized when Black people get on them, this isn’t a new phenomenon. It’s as old as time as far as American creativity is concerned.”

Bennett Raglin. Photo: Getty Images

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