4 Black ASMR Creators to Follow for Soothing SoundsDec 11, 2020 08:00AM ● By Boitumelo Masihleho
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a sensory phenomenon that is a sensation of deep relaxation characterized by a tingling of the skin and a feeling of euphoria washing over the body and brain. ASMR has gained popularity in recent years, as many millennials suffer from anxiety and use its ability to aid relaxation and combat psychological issues. A 2018 study found evidence to suggest watching ASMR videos can slow heart rate, leading to a state of relaxation and calm.
A 2015 research study found that ASMR helps relieve negative mood symptoms, including feelings of depression or stress, and reduces chronic pain. These often sleep-inducing videos are popular on YouTube, but if you were to do a search of top ASMR’s creators, you’ll find mainly White or White-passing women.
But there are many Black ASMR’s creators with growing followings. This summer, in the midst of the #BlackLivesMatter protests across the United States, some Black ASMR’s creators produced a ‘sleep clinic’ collaboration that they released on Juneteenth.
One of the most popular Black ASMR’s creators or ASMRtist, Jamaican Reena Gordon, aka WildheartASMR, tweeted a list of big and small Black ASMRtist. Here are some of the ASMRtrist featured to follow for some soothing sounds.
Possibly one of the most well-known ASMRtist, Spirit Payton, has an ASMR channel called ASMRTheChew. She is well-known for her food ASMR videos in which she chews foods of various textures. Spirit discovered ASMR in 2012 during a terrible anxiety attack that caused her to be unable to sleep for almost three days. When her daughter played an ASMR video, Spirit was asleep within 20 minutes. She created her channel in 2015, and her most watched video with more than 35 million views is of her eating pickles.
With more than 480000 subscribers, Batala’s ASMR channel is popular due to her fast and aggressive signature style of rapid hand movements, tongue clicks and nail tapping. One of her most watched videos, with 202000 views, is of fast mic ASMR triggers. She also has softer and sleepier trigger videos. Batala and her boyfriend, Jay, have their own channel called Jay & Bee TV. He has his own ASMR channel, JayYoung's ASMR. His channel features a broad variety of aural triggers like microphone brushing and slow mouth sounds but also contains a great deal of comedy.
This Black ASMR’s creator is known for his unique mouth noises, cool echo sounds and extremely slow tapping. One of Bupe’s most popular videos, with over 340, 000 views, shows him doing mouth clicks, tongue fluttering and interesting visual triggers. Anglophiles are sure to love his British accent on top of his soothing ASMR triggers.
Annura Hakim’s ASMR channel is known for its soft ambient lighting, intense mic scratching and cool visual triggers such as camera brushing, face touching, and hand movements. With more than 16 million views in total, she’s a popular ASMRtist whose nail tapping videos are made even better by her gorgeous nail art.
Boitumelo Masihleho is a South African digital content creator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies and Politics and International Studies.
She's an experienced multimedia journalist who is committed to writing balanced, informative and interesting stories on a number of topics. Boitumelo has her own YouTube channel where she shares her love for affordable beauty and lifestyle content.
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