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5 Black social media stars who made a lot of money after starting on Vine


Vine will apparently go the way of MySpace. After becoming a video app that created social media stars, Twitter has announced that it will cease operations soon. Vine initially stood alone as a video app that allowed users to capture six seconds of their life or create really short films.

But after Snapchat and Instagram became more popular, Twitter couldn’t find ways to successfully monetize the app. As a result, the app will close shop.

However, Vine created stars who would not have had the platform to display their art. Here are five Black social media stars who made a lot of money because of Vine.


KingBach was the Michael Jordan of Vine. The Florida native created hilarious comedy skits that attracted over 11.5 million followers. KingBach was recently featured on “60 Minutes” where he revealed how he continues to earn six-figure salaries through corporate sponsors.

DeStorm Power

Power began as a ghostwriter for Atlantic Records and Universal. But after initially rapping on Vine videos, he soon became a comedy star with clips that were viewed millions of times. He amassed 4.9 million followers.

Jerry Purpdrank

Purpdrank gained over 7.5 million followers on Vine through his subtle comedy. He also brokered a deal to have his own mobile game at the App Store.


Kingkeraun gained close to 500,000 followers before using other social media platforms to display his comedy. He eventually landed a movie deal with Russell Simmons and recently released the film Major Deal.

DC Youngfly

DC Youngly introduced his brand of comedy to Vine and close to 1 million people followed him on the social media app. His work on social media eventually led to becoming a member on “Wild ’N Out” and he will be featured in the movie Almost Christmas.

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