After launching last year, Clubhouse is now one of the most talked about new social networking applications on the market. Even billionaire technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has embraced the platform which is now valued at $1 billion.
However, Clubhouse first started gaining traction online thanks, in part, to Black users jumping on the app in 2020. African-American entertainers were some of the first people to make Clubhouse conversations go viral on Twitter and Instagram.
For example, LaKeith Stanfield became a trending topic after the Atlanta star was an active participant in a Clubhouse session dedicated to men moaning. He was asked about that experience during an interview with Van Lathan and Rachel Lindsay’s Higher Learning podcast.
“I had signed up on the app, and it’s a really interesting, fun, cool app. It addicts you right away because you’re able to communicate in a new way,” said Stansfield. “So, there were top rooms at the top of the queue, and as you go down, the rooms get lower. And one of the first rooms I saw was the Moan Room. So, I go into the moan room and I realize this is a bunch of guys who are moaning in a room for a cash prize.”
Apparently, the various men in the Moan Room were competing to win $300. Stansfield was actually named the winner of the contest by the women judging. The 29-year-old Californian broke down how he was able to take home the victory in that sexually-charged challenge.
Stansfield explained, “So, what I do is, I go on Google and I type in ‘male moan.’ On YouTube, a video pops up that has a guy moaning. So I listened to the moan and said, ‘Nah, that doesn’t sound right.’ So I go to another one, ‘Nah, that’s not good enough either.’ I got to another one like, ‘Maybe I can trick them with this one.'”
The Judas and the Black Messiah actor went on to say he was just playing a character in the Clubhouse Moan Room just like he does in the roles he plays in movies and on television shows. Stansfield also told Lathan and Lindsey that even though he won the contest he did not accept the $300 prize.
Judas and the Black Messiah is a biographical film about the Black Panther Party leader Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). LaKeith Stanfield appears in the drama as FBI informant William O’Neal. Director Shaka King’s award-winning biopic will be released on February 12 simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. A star-studded album inspired by the movie is dropping that day.