If anyone can make Clubhouse work, it’s Black people

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7 min readNov 3, 2020


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So you’ve been hearing about this Clubhouse thing on Twitter. Maybe people have been making vague references to rooms and conversations and piqued your interest. Maybe you’re one of the well-connected few who has received an invite (currently the only way to join). Maybe you stumbled on the hilarious hashtag #ClubhouseChallenge, which mocks the tropes that have already emerged from early use.

Or maybe you’re too ashamed to ask what everyone is talking about. Don’t worry, we got you.

Depending who you ask, Clubhouse is the latest blank canvas of a social media app ripe for Black innovation and influence — or it’s the newest destructive force that will further divide us and ruin careers and livelihoods. Here’s how it works: Once you’re logged on, you’re able to join various private or public chat rooms focused on different topics. Oh, and it’s all audio. That’s right. Every room is like a conference call. Some are like informational, seminar-type gatherings in which folks disseminate worthy advice about…