In less than one year, five students at Brigham Young University have amassed a social media following of nearly 1,000,000 people. The group, calling themselves the Black Menaces, create videos online that have been liked and shared more than 25 million times and supported by celebrities and influencers around the globe.
So, what are these BYU college students doing to create such a buzz?
Using a cell phone camera and microphone, the BlackMenaces are exposing the candid reactions of BYU students through questions about race and social justice. It’s no surprise, given the nature of LDS/LGBTQ policies, that the most viral videos produced by the BlackMenaces are directly related to the LGBTQ community and the Mormon church’s treatment of queer people.
We’ve invited the Menaces into the studio to share their “revolution” with the LatterGayStories community.
In this episode we dive deep into the BlackMenace story and learn more about the people behind the TikTok and Instagram videos. Why did they start the social media project, and what they’ve learned in the process? This episode is a candid and honest discussion about Mormonism’s racial and prejudicial problems.
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