The Six in the 6ix!
I know I don’t write enough about my Peace Corps life. But honestly there is nothing to write about. It’s pretty boring. On Sunday’s though I’ll start to write a summary of my week. I think that is something I can commit to doing for the rest of my time in Botswana (14months #Lawdness).
One thing I’ve gotten into the habit of doing in the evenings is watching YouTube vlogs and videos. The Canadian YouTubers have had my attention for the past few months. I wanted to share with you all the six from the 6ix that you should all get familiar with now! These youtube stars are building an empire. They should seriously have their own avengers team or even joint production company. I’m seriously considering moving to Toronto when my Peace Corps service is up (or Singapore, Italy, California, London, lol). Who knew Canada was so interesting!
Marlon Palmer: @ThatdudeMcFly
A part from being absolutely adorable, this guy is hilarious! He has a wide range of skits and collaborations on his channel. The only character I haven’t seen him play is your gay uncle Fred. But I’m sure he would kill that role too. He is really passionate about his craft and it bleeds through his work. I envision him getting a feature film role within the next two years and becoming a household name like Will Smith or Kevin Hart. Besides that I think he is the only person that loves oxtail as much as I do and he is a fellow yardie (Jamaican roots).
Don’t be a #waste man. Go check out his channel now, Marleesha is waiting for you!
Latoya’s Life : @latoyaforever
I found Latoya’s channel last year while still living in Spain. The first video I saw of hers was the Mother and Daughter tag. Watching it I remember thinking, “ is this girl really this hyper and crazy?” It turns out that she is! I moved over to her vlogging channel once she got pregnant and have been hooked ever since! Don’t sleep on her though. I’m pretty sure her ratchetness is made for t.v. Latoya is a really smart business woman. Her accomplishments (minus Playboy) have propelled her into YouTube stardom. She even has helped some of her friends start channels of their own. You can probably find everyone of the six mentioned in this post in her videos! Check out her channel and say hey to baby Samia.
Shameless Maya: @shamelessmaya
The first video I watched from Maya was detailing how she and her friends wash and style their naturally curly hair. The quality of her production and editing was fabulous then and still is today! Her videos range from style, beauty, fitness & recipes, to motivational “get your life together” topics. She’s a devout christian and claims that once she made a pact with God to stop sleeping around and focus on the word and her passions, her life began to prosper. She recently moved to L.A., shot a feature film and bought a new car. One of my favorite videos has to be when she spoke about studying great people of the past for inspiration. It’s a great exercise that everyone should do once in their life. Check out her channel to snatch your life and learn how to live “Shamelessly”.
Shannon Boodram: @Shannontboodram
I discovered Shannon a few years ago when she had the “Those Girls are Wild” YouTube channel. I even think I may have seen Marlon Palmer and Winnie Harlow on that old channel! Now she’s making her mark as a TV personality and sexologist out in L.A. She’s not afraid to discuss the questions young adults want answered about sex, love and relationships on her new channel Shannon Boody. Check it out and leave her comments for topic ideas and questions.
Rochelle Clarke: @crazylightskingirl
Known on YouTube as CrazyLightSkinGirl she became a crowd favorite on season 2 of Latoya’s Life (ultimately replacing RonDiasTV). This lead to the creation of her own spin off channel. She started out making skits about her Jamaican mother but then progressed into vlogging. She’s the most successful “spin off” from the Latoya’s life tribe, garnering over 100,000 subscribers in less than a year. I recently unsubscribed from her vlogs though after the pregnancy prank her husband played on her. I couldn’t tell if it was really a sick joke or if they faked the whole situation for more views. She is also a fellow yardie (Jamaican roots) and I see her doing comedy shows like “ All That” or ‘Punk’d” in the future. Her collaboration with ThatDudeMcFly in “The Story of Marleesha” was pretty funny. Check out her vlogs and her cute kiddos!
Femi Lawson: @Itsmrlawson
Femi Lawson is another “breakout” star from the Latoya’s Life tribe. You can see him in their first viral video parody to Gyptian’s song Hold Yah. He’s an M.C, comedian, and musician. Lawson’s Nigerian roots are usually the bud of his jokes. And he’s probably the only one of the six pursing a graduate degree. You can see him from time to time in Latoya or Marlon’s vlogs. Check his channel out when you get a chance.
Yes I know that these youtubers probably grew up outside of Toronto but really what other parts of Canada do you know?…besides Montreal and Quebec? haha ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I hope you’ve just been enlightened on new YouTubers to follow. Are there any other Canadian YouTubers you suggest watching? Let me know in the comments, ehh!
Honorable mentions: Adam & Samia Ali, 4yallEntertainment (just found them too!).