The next big thing in the world of TikTok is coming from Atlanta! That’s where Collab Crib is located, a Hype House-style platform full of black content creators.
But there are many things that distinguish this collection of creators from Los Angeles homes. Three of the house’s top stars, Kaelyn Kastle, Kaychelle Dabney and Queen Khamyra, whose full name is Khamyra Sykes, opened up to ET’s Melicia Johnson about how they are making a name for themselves on the platform.
Kaelyn is a 24-year-old singer from Bermuda who decided to try her luck on social media.
“Everybody put me off TikTok, but I had a vision that this app was going to be monumental in the music industry,” he tells ET. “So I thought, I want to get into this app. So I started dabbling and my first TikTok was, like, random. I was like, I’m going to literally post this for just a random moment and that’s from there.”
Kaychelle is a 22-year-old aspiring actress from Baltimore, Maryland. Similarly, he found that his start and initial success on TikTok were unexpected.
“I made an account and I had no followers and no one was following me. So I thought, oh, no one is going to see this and I thought I would post, like, something crazy and people saw it. I, like, watching my videos and then, I continued. posting. I kept going up after that and it just took off. It was literally by accident, but that’s how I started to show my personality more and people loved it. ”
As the youngest member of the house, 14-year-old Queen Khamyra has been in the social media game for years.
“I have been working on social media for a long time and mostly on all platforms: Dubsmash, TikTok, YouTube, Instagram,” he tells ET.
Together, the trio, along with their fellow Collab Crib creators, seek to share their own unique twist on the TikTok revolution from within their own creative environment.
Kaychelle describes the house as “very versatile”. And when it comes to love triangles and the drama of its West Coast counterparts, Collab Crib hasn’t suffered the same fate so far.
“I would say especially the way Keith, our manager, Keith Dorsey, structured the house, he really took the time to, like, put together the science of what personalities would blend together,” says Kaelyn. “So I wouldn’t say we have drama, per se. I’d just say we have more, like, a family dynamic, you know, when your family, your brothers and sisters argue, but it’s still like in general. Yes, it’s love in general. , and we all have the same goal and the same mindset to some degree. So when things come up or happen in the house, we all attack it and handle it internally. “
In addition to the lack of drama in the house, it is the momentum that sets these creators apart.
“What makes us different, per se, is even more so is our energy. I feel like we didn’t come here asking for anything, we don’t want handouts, you know, not like other houses do,” Kaelyn explains. “It’s hard to separate the fact that we are black, but, you know, black people, we have to work a little harder for everything, so we already knew that they are not setting us the same benchmarks and standards as most of us. these, all the houses, are “.
The Collab Crib members have taken their platforms and used them to help invoke change. During the second round of the Georgia Senate election, they went publicly to the polls, doing TikToks to help support Democratic candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.
“We did it, we did it. Yeah, we pretty much came together for the entire election, the Senate election,” Kaelyn shares. “We were part of the campaign, and yeah, we worked hard. We worked hard for your votes, okay, honey!”
As for whether they will eventually move and expand to other cities, the creators remain open, but focused on their work in Atlanta for now.
“It’s definitely a possibility, but I feel like we first have to grow and work on our base before we can diversify,” says Kaelyn.