In continuing our commitment to elevating the diverse voices on TikTok, we are pleased to announce the return of #BlackVoices. This livestream series, hosted by @makayladid, features discussions with Black entertainers, leaders, and activists who join Makayla to surface unique conversations around an array of topics and themes around the complexity and richness of the Black community. The season kicked off last night with Olympian, Gabby Douglas who spoke about her experiences at the Olympics, how she stays motivated, and how important she feels it is for her to set an example for those who look up to her.

Building upon last season —which was done in partnership with Essence magazine and featured heartfelt conversations in with entertainers and leaders like Laverne Cox, Wisdom Kaye, and Candace Patton—Gabby shared knowledge, everyday examples of life and of course some laughs with TikTok audiences. Garnering nearly 8K concurrent unique total viewers, the livestream inspired and uplifted TikTok users near and far.

"More than ever, it's necessary that we have the space where we can be ourselves and talk about issues that matter to us. I love how important it is to TikTok to cultivate these spaces, hear these voices, and celebrate this community." -Gabby Douglas

Each Tuesday at 5pm PT/8pm ET a different guest will chat with Makayla on LIVE about important issues affecting the Black community. Future guests include category-redefining business executives, marketing luminaries, globetrotting performers, and more!

As a global platform, we want to showcase the diverse voices and stories that make our community so special. We are grateful that TikTok is a home where users of all backgrounds can express themselves and share content that is meaningful to them. We value our users' trust and remain committed to maintaining that trust by fostering a platform that amplifies and celebrates Black voices.

To join us LIVE: tap the #BlackVoices banner in TikTok's Discover page, or visit @makayladid's account during the time of the show. #BlackVoices begins at 5:00 PM PDT/8:00 PM EDT every Tuesday.